Phil Neville thinks Everton have players up-and-coming through the ranks to cope with the loss of Jack Rodwell, who hasn't real played for the team in the last six months.
“I think, first and foremost, it is sad to see Jack go. He's been a lad that first trained with us when he was 16.
“You've seen him grow and mature and turn into an England international.
“I think it's a fantastic deal for both parties. For Jack, to go and play at the Champions League level and for the club to receive a lot of money.
“I think the club's done a fantastic job with Jack in terms of helping him fulfil that potential.
“I think we have got a number of players in midfield, but Jack provided great competition. With any young player, you do get inconsistency with performances. I think we saw that with Jack at times.
“He produced some unbelievable performances in the big occasions for us. The disappointing thing was that he never quite sustained it when he was about to break through.
“We are quite strong in central midfield — bearing in mind that Jack hadn't played for the last six months — so I'm sure we can cope with that.
“It's important to always freshen up with new faces. We have Ross Barkley and Francisco Junior breaking through now. You lose one player but you open up a space and an opportunity for someone else.”
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780 Posted 14/08/2012 at 15:17:51
788 Posted 14/08/2012 at 15:29:30
Injuries though happen.. a fair amount too. Gibson wont last every game.. But him and Barkley might have to hurdle the midfield brilliance of Heitinga and Neville to get a look in.
789 Posted 14/08/2012 at 15:10:36
790 Posted 14/08/2012 at 15:34:02
791 Posted 14/08/2012 at 15:27:37
In fact, when something like this comes up - who should be playing where? transfers? squad strength? - the usual 'professional' response goes like 'Oh you'd better ask the boss about that one'.
There's a lot of 'oddness' about the whole Rodwell thing, and to me this adds a bit more.
795 Posted 14/08/2012 at 15:37:31
798 Posted 14/08/2012 at 15:42:35
799 Posted 14/08/2012 at 15:46:03
What is strange is that you have a player making such a statement in the first place - unless it happens all the time and I'm not keeping up.
808 Posted 14/08/2012 at 16:57:47
I take his statement at face value. He mentioned Rodwell's lengthy absence without saying that he was missed, and he used the words "unbelievable" and "disappointing" deliberately. No holding back there.
809 Posted 14/08/2012 at 17:04:39
811 Posted 14/08/2012 at 17:14:36
812 Posted 14/08/2012 at 17:12:45
813 Posted 14/08/2012 at 17:16:39
Unbridled Bollocks... he's a 'yes man' for the club... from Kirkby to any other shite that needs to be spun.
816 Posted 14/08/2012 at 17:15:36
817 Posted 14/08/2012 at 17:29:35
828 Posted 14/08/2012 at 17:47:26
Neville's never been backward in coming forward with his opinions, although he is quite diplomatic in the way he gives it, and he always tries to put a positive spin on it (maybe he thinks that's part of a captain's job).
I think the club also know that he wouldn't ever say anything against the club policy on transfers, or anything else for that matter, so they are probably quite happy for him to speak to the media when needed. I don't believe he's a club yes-man though, it's maybe better to notice what he doesn't say rather than what he does.
847 Posted 14/08/2012 at 19:41:48
Then Neville comes out saying how strong our midfield is. We've sold or released McFadden, Drenthe, Wallace, Forshaw, Arteta, Bily, Baxter, Cahill and now Rodwell. It's weaker in numbers without doubt. After the protests, they are super keen to avoid supporter unrest at any cost.
854 Posted 14/08/2012 at 19:47:46
My point all along has been that it is odd for a player (in any club) to be, what?, allowed to say so much about about a decision made by the manager and/or owner. Players get fined for less - not by us, because they don't step out of line. What I'm saying is that we have an unusual situation in football here - in any 'business' come to think of it.
And it must suit Moyes for Neville to go public in this way (or it wouldn't happen). I wonder why?
859 Posted 14/08/2012 at 20:09:29
I wouldn't be too worried about the list of released players you've quoted. The Arteta case is a strange one as we know. Cahill is quite straightforward. To be honest, I'm still puzzled as to why MC came for Jack. Mancini made the right noises, but he didn't sound at all convincing to me.
I'll be back in Fallowfield in a few days and some of my mates are City insiders. I'll be interested to find out what they make of it all.
862 Posted 14/08/2012 at 20:09:15
Losing Rodwell may hurt... or not. It'll depend on who Moyes brings in to replace him before we know. And I didn't see Junior or Barkley this preseason, but Moyes did, and he appears to have both of them in the midfield mix. One thing is for sure... they could both play with their shoes tied together and be better than Bily, Forshaw, Baxter, Wallace or McFadden.
865 Posted 14/08/2012 at 20:29:49
Going back further, Arteta did the same. These's no doubt in my mind these words have been put into their mouths from people upstairs at Everton.
I'm fucking sick of the Goodison PR machine, and the same fans falling for the shit they spin.
866 Posted 14/08/2012 at 20:39:35
From him anything less than a positive spin on things at this stage would be suicidal.
867 Posted 14/08/2012 at 20:51:44
You only wish that to be true I think, players don't need to say anything about their previous clubs, It's not a contractual obligation to be fawning about your former employers and I can't see any reason for them to say anything positive or otherwise, unless they wanted to.
868 Posted 14/08/2012 at 21:17:59
869 Posted 14/08/2012 at 21:21:38
If we do sign anyone, I'm sure we will see pics of the new player and Bill shaking hands and cuddling plus the usual "Bill worked till 23:59 on deadline day to pull this off for YOU Blues!"
No-one will step out of line and Pip fully realises that his playing days are nearly over, he probably wants a shot at the top job so these articles will all help.
And, if we do end up in the bottom 3 after 3 games you can bet Bluey will still get a massive hand clap and cheer when he is pictured on the Big screen. He's a Blue and one of us after all.......
872 Posted 14/08/2012 at 21:39:14
Rodders said the Chairman didn't want to sell him, so why did we? We all know the answer to that question.
874 Posted 14/08/2012 at 22:04:23
I tend to believe that most players have a genuine affection for him, although I haven't got a fucking clue why they do.
Our chairman never wants to sell anyone according to him, but he always manages to fight that urge every season.
877 Posted 14/08/2012 at 22:27:19
881 Posted 14/08/2012 at 22:40:39
We kept our best players... Jack was not one of them...
882 Posted 14/08/2012 at 22:44:29
884 Posted 14/08/2012 at 22:44:37
Now, which Premier Leauge team do they sponsor I wonder? Amazing. One is a rogue enterprise full of overpaid useless employees, some of whose activities border on the criminal... and the other's a bank.
886 Posted 14/08/2012 at 22:55:00
Although I'm not 100% sure Chang are an island of probilty in a sea of Thai corruption - who knows?
915 Posted 15/08/2012 at 06:57:37
I don't understand why the Captain cannot speak on behalf of the club. Has Moyes been offended? Undermind?
919 Posted 15/08/2012 at 08:04:55
it puts the suggestion out there so its less of a shock when we sign Know one, its clever and if there was a league for spin we would be top.
921 Posted 15/08/2012 at 08:12:29
930 Posted 15/08/2012 at 08:25:45
936 Posted 15/08/2012 at 08:21:07
In one section, we are having a poor run in the league (it may been the season we had gone out of the champions league and uefa) and it was an away game in London.
As described in Rathbones book, the word was after one of the team meals the chairman wanted to have a word. Things were pretty tense as they expecting a bollocking as form had been very poor.
Anyway, as told Kenwright gave a fantastic speech passionately outlining his love for the club, how he had faith in the players and the staff, that they were the best he could wish for and how he knew they would turn it round. It was a tonic, not the grilling they expected and the players appreciated it.
I make no real comment on it, other than I would take the players comments at face value.
I was at a game very early last season when Kenwright arrived, no not THAT one, and Kenwright arrived, Rodwell was there and they walked in together chatting away. I think Evertons a bit of a bubble, its close, tight knit and the players seem well looked after. Many players have referred to the homely, family nature and the team spirit.
There are many things wrong at Everton. But I actually think its one of the best things about the club and one of our biggest strengths.
940 Posted 15/08/2012 at 09:05:20
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