Tim Cahill sat down for his first full interview for his new club as he prepares for perhaps the final step in his career with New York Red Bulls and spoke of his commitment to and love for Everton after eight years at Goodison Park.
Millwall played a massive part of my career for six years. And then I moved on to Everton for eight years. I had loads of opportunities probably to try different things, but with a manager like David Moyes and Bill Kenwright, the chairman, I think loyalty is something that I learned at such a young age [as being] really important.
Because I've run through brick walls for the club. It means so much to me. And it's so emotional as well. Because they're my teammates, it's part of my life, it's part of my family, which is so special. And it was a good fit.
I never wanted to go to another Premier League club out of respect to the chairman and the gaffer and obviously the fans who mean so much to me. But to have this transition and this opportunity, I'm blessed. I'm in a privileged position.
It's just nice to leave Everton in such high esteem and now have one of the biggest challenges facing myself in football.
Having left his Everton family behind, the Australian is now focused on life at Red Bull Arena.
All I've ever wanted to do my whole life as a kid was be a footballer. To play with some of the best in the world, to play with such a good product with the right people pushing the game in MLS. And I've traveled here for the last 10 years. Holiday, watching games, visiting stadiums, visiting different pitches — I knew it was right. It was right in my heart. It was right for my family. And I'm going to be part of a revolution.
I'm coming at 32 years old. The medical was really stringent. Seven hours, making sure that I'm in peak condition. And from there it's me putting my heart and soul into New York. To show the fans that I'm not here to come for a holiday. I'm here to work hard. To run through brick walls.
All you can do as a footballer that's played professionally for 15 years and done what I've done, is give everything. So New York Red Bulls is another massive chapter in my life. They want success and I want to help be part of that. It's one of the most exciting things for me and my family now and everyone surrounded with me, it's just a perfect transition.
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334 Posted 27/07/2012 at 18:50:58
350 Posted 27/07/2012 at 20:06:49
We bought him at the right time and are probably selling him at the right time too, but know his presence alone will be missed by the others in the squad, especially the younger ones... good luck Tim, you deserve it!
354 Posted 27/07/2012 at 20:23:47
Good luck mate and once again thanks, COYB.
377 Posted 27/07/2012 at 23:42:18
389 Posted 28/07/2012 at 05:26:44
For me, it was our last statement as a big club. Our last go at signing the best. Our last chance at looking at who could strengthen out team and say we will have him.
Gary Lineker – The best striker (after Dixie) who ever played for the club. Yes, you have to forget MotD.
394 Posted 28/07/2012 at 06:03:00
SHARPY HAS TO BE OUR No1 STRIKER AFTER DIXIE... 1 FA CUP, 2 League titles, and Uefa Cup... Those medals mean more than the goals that Lineker scored....
401 Posted 28/07/2012 at 08:35:39
Wondering where all the negative posters of Cahill are, the ones who suggest he was only loyal to the money and there were no offers?
505 Posted 28/07/2012 at 17:24:45
589 Posted 28/07/2012 at 22:23:09
He had speed and an eye for goal but fact is his goals counted for nothing at everton and he was never a true everton striker.
Now as for Sharp, thats a different story. Legend springs to mind....
590 Posted 28/07/2012 at 22:32:06
605 Posted 29/07/2012 at 02:12:55
Lineker scored goals everywhere he went but clubs had to fit in with him and for his time at Everton, this was a problem for us. Everton had just had an amazing season (1984-85) and we should have gone on to win the league in 1985-86 and I think we would have, had we not changed our style of play.
Our success in 1984-85 and 1986-87 was down to goals being shared through out the team. In 1985-86, players and the team suffered as our style of play was all around Lineker's pace.
BTW, A useless bit of information – Gary Lineker was well known to not like training and he preferred to sit in a warm bath for most of the training sessions!!!
608 Posted 29/07/2012 at 02:42:21
Don't forget Tommy Lawton, Alex Young, Joe Royle and Bob Latchford. Much better strikers than Lineker.
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