Contract agreed before injury
Everton have shown their faith in Seamus Coleman's future as he recovers from a horrendous broken leg, with a new 5-year deal agreed.
Everton were keen to tie down one of their star players following persistent speculation of a move to Manchester United in recent years, with this deal finally signed after it was agreed earlier this year.
Even though Coleman will be out of action for most of 2017 after his leg was shattered in a challenge with Wales defender Neil Taylor during a World Cup qualifier in March, the 28-year-old has been given a huge vote of confidence by his club with the new deal.
“I'm delighted to get this signed,” Coleman told Everton TV, “I've been here for a long time and it's a special club that means a lot to me. Everything had been agreed and I was due to sign it after the international break, but unfortunately I got the injury.
“The Chairman messaged me the night of my injury and said, ‘Don't worry about it because when you come back this contract is still waiting for you'. That sums up what the Chairman and this club is all about.
“Farhad Moshiri also sent me cards and said the support was always going to be there. I'm delighted with how the club has handled the situation. Knowing that I was going to come back and sign it has definitely helped things. It's a massive boost and gives me something to fight for.”
“I want to prove my worth when I come back and show the club were right for rewarding me with this long-term contract. I'm really excited by the way things are going and the players we have signed.
“This season has been good and we've got Europa League football next season to look forward to. It's exciting and it's all about pushing ourselves. I'm really happy that I am going to be here for the foreseeable future.
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1 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:42:29
2 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:43:35
I really think this sort of behaviour is smart PR too, the way Barcelona are "mes que un club" and we were "the People's Club" soft benefits vs cold hard cash they may be, but it all helps.
3 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:49:23
Coleman is like a right winger, full of energy like Valencia for man Utd or Walker for Spurs. We need him back because, apart from Gueye, Schneiderlin and Lukaku, he's our best player.
4 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:50:05
Surely they could have waited to see how his recovery was going?
5 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:58:25
I was never worried by the media Man Utd speculation with regard to Seamus. A really genuine pro who appreciates what he has in life and what a great club he plays for. The way he throws himself into the EitC initiatives is an inspiration to us all.
Everton are far more than just a football club. Seamus is a Champions League calibre full-back playing for the club he loves.
6 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:38:48
But the gesture is more about an ethos and a culture.
We are Everton and we look after our own.
7 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:01:12
Holgate is not a right back and should never be evaluated on the basis of a story-gap role.
In much the same way by the way, that Calvert-Lewin should not be evaluated by the 'experts' on here playing out wide, who in their infinite wisdom have declared him to be more or less a dud in £40K clothes.
8 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:13:01
I'm shocked anyone actually brought this up though.
9 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:49:03
10 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:52:14
If you call that risky business by the club, for a player who cost £60,000, it's a sad day.
11 Posted 05/05/2017 at 19:57:49
12 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:11:15
If you can fake sincerity you can fake anything hey mate? Maybe the 'club' felt that a player who cost us next to nothing, has been absolutely outstanding throughout his career with us, who never whinges about reaching 'the next level', or stamps his very talented feet about his wages, deserves a genuine show of support and a commitment to a deal that was already agreed and about to be signed.
On a business level, seeing as that seems to be all you're bothered about, rather than the welfare of the player, (a) he'd be insured against a career ending injury and (b) if we waited to see how his recovery went and he came back just as good as before, then Seamus wouldn't owe us any loyalty whatsoever and would be perfectly entitled to find a new club. I'm sure there'd be no shortage of takers.
In this cynical sporting age isn't it better to simply acknowledge a heart-felt, heart-warming gesture rather than pick holes in it?
13 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:16:31
14 Posted 05/05/2017 at 20:47:16
15 Posted 05/05/2017 at 21:03:07
16 Posted 05/05/2017 at 21:25:46
17 Posted 05/05/2017 at 21:41:10
18 Posted 05/05/2017 at 21:42:07
19 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:06:06
20 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:08:34
Good news either way and well done to the club.
21 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:22:18
22 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:27:31
It would have been a legitimate and easy cop out by the club to turn around to Seamus and say "let's see you get back to full fitness again before settling the new contract, eh?"
That they didn't and that BK reassured him on the same night as he was injured speaks volumes for the club and is one of the many reasons why I'm forever proud to call myself a Blue.
23 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:33:22
Seamus is not, of course, in any sort of charitable category but, as Joe Ainsworth says, it is great to see such a gracious act of loyalty from the club in the Age of the Spiv.
Full marks to Kenwright and Moshiri.
24 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:37:05
Can't wait to hear the roar when Seamus runs onto the pitch.
25 Posted 05/05/2017 at 22:38:10
Don't get me wrong, I hope so much that this is based on a realistic expectation of Coleman being back in his full capacity during the next season! Sentimental gestures should only last for a year or two... So I have hopes now!
26 Posted 06/05/2017 at 01:06:23
Personally, because it's Seamus I fully support the deal. I think he's come a long way. I remember some years back being irritated when he tweeted about home repairs a few hours after a Derby loss. Nowadays he wears his heart on his sleeve and is our only leader on and off the pitch.
I'd be lying if I said I'd support a five year deal being offered to many of his team mates if they were in the same predicament.
27 Posted 06/05/2017 at 06:02:41
"Everything had been agreed and I was due to sign it after the international break, but unfortunately I got the injury."
So, the deal was already agreed.
Keeping our word is precisely what Everton should do. Anything less, frankly, is not Everton.
Delighted for Seamus, Everton FC, and us fans.
28 Posted 06/05/2017 at 06:51:59
I snapped my fib and tib playing football 18 years ago and still have it all pinned up to this day so I have every sympathy for Seamus and know more than most what he is going through.
My point about the business risk is valid in my opinion but as Tony points out it was agreed before the injury and therefore I would change my view and agree we have done the right thing.
29 Posted 06/05/2017 at 08:09:21
Well done, Kenwright and Moshiri for honouring the deal and nice touch for letting him know not to worry about it.
30 Posted 06/05/2017 at 09:42:38
Although the agreement was made before the injury, even if it had not been, it would still have been wise for Everton to offer a 5-year deal. I say this because, although a leg break can change a player and make them less effective when they return, this is much less likely to happen with Seamus, because of his lion-hearted character. In this sense, his injury will likely be just an inconvenient interruption for Seamus, compared with the longer-lasting effects that can happen with a lot of players.
31 Posted 06/05/2017 at 10:33:49
32 Posted 06/05/2017 at 11:17:05
A terrific lad who, when the going gets tough, puts his head down and works to change things.
Throws himself into everything 100%, doesn't whine or hide when things aren't working, in the 'modern' era, he comes across as a bit of a throwback (and all the better for it).
Personally (when he's fit) I'd make him captain.
33 Posted 06/05/2017 at 12:13:03
Koeman can always appoint a vice or even two vice Captains to act in the meantime.
34 Posted 06/05/2017 at 13:38:33
The club's been criticized for doling out new contracts to Hibbo etc. For the club Coleman's injury is simply bad timing so far as the contract already being ready to sign. It'll be on improved terms and run until he's 33. Even without considering the break it'd be doubtful how effective he'd be by then so was probably unwise. Of course the club has done the correct thing in honouring the terms and I hope this acts as a boost to Seamus's spirits.
I doubt Coleman will play a competitive game until 2018 and, great character or not the odds are seriously against him making it back to his current level. Oviedo was much younger and couldn't do it. If Coleman loses his pace and energy he turns into an average full-back I'm afraid. Hope I'm wrong tbh but there it is.
35 Posted 06/05/2017 at 14:00:54
As usual, Kenwright does what he does best looks after one of our own. Well Done, Bill.
37 Posted 08/05/2017 at 00:49:04
Ian's question however is a reasonable one. Trust me, a lot of people getting on their high horse now would be slating Coleman if he doesn't return to his former self and starts costing us goals etc.
I really hope he returns to his former level but it's not a given. And, as much as I love Coleman, I love Everton more and want what's best for the club.
38 Posted 09/05/2017 at 04:49:01
I ask the question given that we have five(?) younger players off to an U-20s international tournament of which two were fairly hefty transfers from other clubs.
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