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|Born||Paris (France), 8 May 1968|
|Height||6' - 3" (190 cm)|
|Joined Everton||from Deportivo de la Coruña in December 1997 (Free)|
|Debut||v Crystal Palace (a), 10 January 1998|
|Left Everton||to Paris St Germain in December 1998 (Free)|
|Final Match||v West Ham United (a), 19 December 1998|
|Nicknames||Mickey, Mad Mike, Ma-Darlin, Sharon|
|Honours||French International (3 Caps)|
Mickael Madar joined Everton as perhaps Howard Kendall's strangest signing
after getting back into Deportivo's first team after recovering from a broken
leg, which followed his inclusion in the French squad for the 1996 European
Paris-born Madar was a tall, powerful striker who began his career with Sochaux and later played for Cannes and Monaco, where he won his first cap for France against Romania in 1995.
Madar played as a traditional centre-forward with emphasis on his physical strength, on which his game based. He was an opportunist striker and with an acceptable goalscoring record; he possessed good heading ability and intelligent positional sense.
Given these traits, it was interesting to see Howard Kendall playing Madar alongside Duncan Ferguson, rather in his stead. The combination was potent, but it depended heavily on there being a decent supply of playable crosses and through balls. Danny Cadamarteri was the main casualty from Madar's arrival, but The Squid was a little over-hyped after he burst onto the scene, and needed the break.
Mickael Madar was quick to admit the difficulties he had adjusting to the English game. Talking after the Leicester City match, where he scored an excellent early goal, Madar said:
"Before I came here I was out for a year with a broken leg and I can't yet play a full 90 minutes at my best.
"I have told Mr Kendall I can't play all the game because it is a fast pace in the Premiership and I get tired because I'm not 20 anymore I'm almost 30. It is better that I give a good 70 minutes than an average 90. I know the fans wanted me to stay on, but I am tired."
The 1997-98 season was dismal, with Everton surviving on goal difference. A case could be made that Mickey's magic Gallic touch and superb positional sense brought in those vital goals of his, and really did make a difference.
But something disgraceful seems to occasionally happen in football: the manger decides a player is useless, or the manager falls out with the player, and refuses to pick him. Yes, he had been sent off pre-season, sustaining a 3-match ban, and yes, there were rumours of training-ground insolence... But when asked at the Blackburn match why he wasn't playing while fully SIX defenders slugged out a dire 0-0 draw this what Mickael had to say:
"I've no idea. The manager just doesn't like me. He's only seen me play twice. The first time I got a hat-trick and the second time, I was sent off too quick for him to make any judgements."
And what are the prospects of him coming back into the team?
"Nil, as far as I can see. I think they just want to get rid of me and get me off the wage bill. Anyway, my wife is very unhappy here and is desperate to leave. Living in Liverpool isn't the same as living in France or Spain. So it looks like I'll be going fairly soon."
The view from the other side was, of course, quite different. Walter Smith reportedly said of Mickael Madar: "Well I'd have no hesitation playing him if he'd just do as we ask him to do on the training ground. But he won't. He thinks he knows best. End of story. At this moment in time, and as will remain the case until he sorts his head out, Francis Jeffers is ahead of him in the line-up."
After Duncan Ferguson left in November 98, Mickey finally got to strut his desultory stuff before the stern countenance of Walter Smith... all to no avail. He was obviously well out of place in the new conservative atmosphere of Goodison Park, and a move back to his native France was inevitable, if a long time in coming.
|EVERTON CAREER STATISTICS|
|1997-98||7||15 (2)||6||- (-)||-||15 (2)||6|
|1998-99||18||2 (-)||-||- (1)||-||2 (1)||-|
|Totals:||17 (2)||6||- (1)||-||17 (3)||6|
|Last update: 28 December 1998|