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Jagielka calls for pre-season deadline

by | 09/09/2013  Comments (21)  jump
Echoing the thoughts of his manager, Phil Jagielka says that the transfer window should close before the Premier League season kicks off so that teams go into the campaign knowing that the squad is set for the following few months.

The England international told the Echo that, “[i]t is strange starting the season, playing a few games, and knowing that potentially a few of the players are going to leave.”

“I would like it to be moved two weeks earlier so that when you start the season, you know they are the players you have got."

His comments come after a frenetic transfer deadline day that saw the conclusion of a number of high-profile moves, including Marouane Fellaini's departure for Manchester United.

“Felli has been a fantastic player for Everton and we wish him all the best,” Jagielka continues. “I don't think anyone would have a bad word to say about him.

And the Blues' captain feels that the team is in good shape now for when the season continues after the international break this coming weekend.

“The squad has become stronger in numbers but time will tell," he says. "It looks good and the manager has done well.

"We hope we've got players in who are hungry to play football.

“I know [Gareth Barry] very well and he's a fantastic player and James McCarthy played very well for Wigan last year.

“I hope the manager can get us playing how he wants to and we can score some goals to get up the league table.”

Quotes or other material sourced from ESPN

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Danny Kewley
898 Posted 09/09/2013 at 17:59:24
I reckon most people in the game agree with PJ but there is no denying the buzz you get if your team comes out ok.
Harold Matthews
905 Posted 09/09/2013 at 18:04:55
Jags. This is none your business. Start opening your mouth on the pitch. Drive your team on like the guy across the park. Make them fight for 90 minutes with full focus and concentration and don't let the officials get away with dodgy decisions. If your not up to it then give the armband to someone who is. We need a tough verbal leader. Now.!!
Phil Sammon
908 Posted 09/09/2013 at 18:27:46

I think the club captain is obliged to speak to the press from time to time. He has simply answered a question and presented his own opinion...which, by the way, I fully agree with.

Go get your knickers in a twist about something else.

Al Reddish
910 Posted 09/09/2013 at 18:31:44
Bit harsh Harold. Hopefully he will turn out to be a great captain and one that isn't afraid to air his opinions.
Mohammed Horoub
912 Posted 09/09/2013 at 18:28:24
Harold, I agree 100%. Jags is a great player but I don't think he has filled the role of Captain well. We have been very passive and only a few players have shown that edge. Trying to think of the current squad and not sure who has the drive and stature to be Captain... Neville, Cahill and Arteta have an intensity which makes them great leaders on the pitch and I can only see Distin and Gibson coming close to them.
Derek Knox
913 Posted 09/09/2013 at 18:27:13
Harold (905)

I have to agree with you regarding Jag's lack of verbals, on the pitch, maybe, he thinks he is auditioning for The Quiet Man.

Also agree with the transfer window closing before a ball is kicked. However, I know it's hypothetical, in this instance, but would we have signed Lukaku? I think the Barry and McCarthy signings, had been well talked about, and to a degree expected to happen at some point. I, like most of us Evertonians, had no inkling whatsoever about Lukaku, until the dying hours of the windows duration.

I wonder, again retrospectively, that having signed Kone, he may have thought we were okay in that department, then again there's the Victor factor, when did he realise he wanted to move on?

Anyway, like I said, it could have been different, but I am glad it turned out the way it did. Ironically, we will not see him in action against Chelsea.

Don't know about the rest of you, but it seems ages since last Saturday, and another International to go yet.

Jamie Barlow
914 Posted 09/09/2013 at 18:59:06
Captaincy is over rated. You shouldn't need another bloke to scream at you.
Tony Draper
916 Posted 09/09/2013 at 18:48:42
Harold (905)
Bloody Hell mate !

I reckon I'm about 15 years younger than you, Respect mate !
The Blue Flame hasn't gone out yet for you has it ?

Regards to Jags role as Captain. I'm with you. I want a "Warrior King" on the pitch someone that every player in "Royal Blue" bloody well listens to
Someone that the opposition is shit scared of

Kevin Ratcliffe was a bloody immense Captain, remember him knocking that dog moran out on the centre spot ?
"Fuck with one of mine ? Ya fuckin won't !"

Leaders by example are ok
Leaders who can change the game on the pitch are better
Leaders who will crucify the opposition both mentally & physically for the team good, that's what I want

Everton in the mid eighties played with immense style, but FFS we took no shit from anyone
Our most skilfull players Trevor Steven & Kevin Sheedy were surgical if you fucked them off

And that was because they all played Z-Cars the same way
Peter Reid's reminder to brian marwood for his assault on Adrian Heath summed up that great squads attitude
"Bruise one of us and we'll all have you !"

But "Ratters" dealt with matters first, so the others always knew

Roman Sidey
924 Posted 09/09/2013 at 19:33:23
I disagree with Jags. I think the transfer window is just fine overlapping the season. Perhaps three games is a bit much, two would be a bit easier on the blood pressure.

As this thread has hanged paths though, I agree with Harold. Jags isn't an inspiring captain at all. I've voiced my opinion on this before and stand by it: Heitinga has probably the best attitude for a captain in our squad, and I've felt that since the day he signed on. I'm getting sick of being the nice team.

Jimmy Hill
927 Posted 09/09/2013 at 19:41:28
Anything else we can criticise? He was simply answering a question. Also leadership is not about just shouting on the pitch, it what you do in general and leading the way by example. Jags is a real professional and conducts himself that way. He also been in the job 5 minutes give the guy a chance.
Tony Sullivan
931 Posted 09/09/2013 at 19:59:27
Some people do go off the deep end on this site, but this really takes the biscuit.

Surely it is sensible for the team captain to express a view about the effects of the transfer window on the club and the team.

It seems to me that the views are eminently sensible and it would be for the good of the game overall if teams know what the bottom line is at the start of the season.

Why can't the transfer window open at the end of a season and close at the end of July?

I am sure if Sky were in favour of such a move it would happen. Maybe that is why it doesn't happen.

Tony Draper
935 Posted 09/09/2013 at 20:10:59
FFS Blues!

The shaggin' deadline is constructed to help the "darling favourites" select squads including players at acceptable prices (once qualification has been secured) once they have overpowered clubs from underpowered federations.

Do you laugh when some unpronounceable Club from a far flung outpost of 500 miles east of fuckin nowhere loses to a football club with more international influence than the nation they were playing in?

UEFA is more dependent upon the "favoured few" than "vice versa"

Well? Is that not so?

Andrew Cutler
936 Posted 09/09/2013 at 20:31:46
I like Jags very much, as a player and a person. But I do not think he is a captain of people. Having said that however, I am not sure who, of the present personnel, would do that job better.
Ross Edwards
939 Posted 09/09/2013 at 20:36:33
I think we should get rid of the transfer window and just use the old method of letting clubs sign players until the March deadline.
Kevin Jones
944 Posted 09/09/2013 at 20:47:48
Getting back to the point in hand, I personally think the transfer deadline will be against some European law somewhere. Name another business where you can only trade for 8 / 9 weeks a year. The other one that gets me is, players can only play for 3 different teams a season, when you or I can have 50 jobs a year if we want to. I may be wrong on this, so maybe someone can put me straight.
Martin Handley
946 Posted 09/09/2013 at 20:58:04
Andrew #936 I think Distin would make a fine captain but I'm more than happy with Jags.

If I had to pick my all time favourite skipper it'd have to be Dave Watson with Rats a very very close second. I know Rats was hard but I remember Roy Keane saying after wembley 95 forget the old kitchen sink saying, Watson has has just tackled the whole house and the house lost!

Dean Barton
947 Posted 09/09/2013 at 21:00:19
Kevin 944

You may very well be right. But what you have to remember is that the FA/Uefa/Fifa abide by their own rules..... you know, like the one that allowed Qatar to pay the execs more than anyone else!

Harold Matthews
023 Posted 10/09/2013 at 12:30:48
Yeah, I probably was a bit harsh but I'd just watched a re-run of the Cardiff game where the officials murdered us and Jags sat at the back like Florence Nightingale while little Ossie tried to have a word.

I didn't even read Lyndon's article. The heading featuring the name of Jags was like a red rag to a bull. I had to get it off my chest.

It wouldn't be so bad if his England team-mate across the park was not a dominant, ferocious, loudmouthed leader..... but he is, and it wins them games.

Unfortunately, our only natural leader is Darron Gibson who is quick to tear a strip off anyone who makes a stupid mistake. I don't whether it's the Man Utd thing but he also commands respect. Such a pity he rarely plays.

Kevin Tully
030 Posted 10/09/2013 at 14:16:07
Harold - agree 100%.

Liverpool have always put pressure on ref's, Gerrard & Carragher were non-stop throughout every game. Terry & Cole for Chelsea the same, Rooney & Ferdinand are always chipping away, and Fergie was a master from the sidelines.

We have been too nice for years, when sewer rat got Rodwell sent off we just had a "that's not fair" type of moan at Atkinson. If that was any other team, that twat would have been surrounded.

I don't care what anyone says, ref's think twice when the next 50/50 decision has to be made, it's human nature.

One thing all the winning teams have in common is to have a right go when they have had a bad decision has gone against them - it's no coincidence they get more decisions going their way over a season.

Ross Edwards
031 Posted 10/09/2013 at 14:27:16
I agree with you Harold. It was almost as in he was going "Oh, well, it happens" and accepting it, and that shouldn't be the attitude of a captain.

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