I'd just like to take the opportunity to thank Nuno Valente upon his release. He has been the model professional that everyone seems to want but no one seems to appreciate.
He came to Goodison at a tough time. All our leftbacks (remember Pistone?) were injured long term and he did his job quietly and effectively, without causing any controversy whatsoever. It is a shame that his release comes at the same time as "good riddance" to Andy Shandy, I wouldn't put those two names together ever again for those two have been quite the opposite in their contributions to the club.
I've heard reports that Valente shares a great rapport with the manager and also with the players. If anything, he probably helps behind the scenes, communicating with Portuguese speaking players such as Jo.
It is a real shame that he has to go and could not be retained as part of the backroom staff (a la Stubbs). I wish him all the best.
Farewell Nuno and once again, Thank you.
Nigel Gregson, Posted 12/06/2009 at 22:13:44
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1 Posted 13/06/2009 at 09:53:42
Nuno, you always gave 100% and for that we will always be thankful.
Let?s not show a lack of class ourselves and go on about AvdM but just let him leave quietly.
All the best for the future to both of them.
2 Posted 13/06/2009 at 10:02:30
3 Posted 13/06/2009 at 10:15:12
I had a hope we’d retain him, if only in a coaching role. Someone with his experience would surely be a help with our trips into Europe.
I thought he was rather underrated - if I remember correctly, after his arrival, the left back position was one that was never in the "we need to improve this summer" list and that says everything about his quality.
4 Posted 13/06/2009 at 10:17:13
There's only Lescott who might not be here next season; even though I'd like to see Nuno stay.
5 Posted 13/06/2009 at 10:38:42
6 Posted 13/06/2009 at 10:40:43
I wish him all the best for the future.
7 Posted 13/06/2009 at 10:39:16
However does this mean that we are keeping Lescott? Moyes must see him as ahead of Nuno for the left back role...! But this worries me as, the more Lescott plays at left back, the more unhappy he is going to become.
Unless of course he has a series of players lined up?
8 Posted 13/06/2009 at 10:42:37
9 Posted 13/06/2009 at 11:29:00
10 Posted 13/06/2009 at 12:34:28
AVDM was one of those failed signings that I hope we don?t see too many more of, but I?m not going to hold any grudges, we all knew it was coming.
Good luck to the pair of them, especially Nuno who will be remembered fondly and will always be welcome at Goodison.
11 Posted 13/06/2009 at 13:21:26
12 Posted 13/06/2009 at 14:43:50
13 Posted 13/06/2009 at 15:30:28
14 Posted 13/06/2009 at 15:33:05
15 Posted 13/06/2009 at 15:55:58
16 Posted 13/06/2009 at 17:30:20
He always reminded me of Pat van den Hauwe. He embodied what being an Evertonian was all about. No ego, hard working, patient and down to earth.
I will personally miss having him on board. Hope he has a great future whatever path he chooses to follow.
17 Posted 13/06/2009 at 21:28:38
With regards to putting him on the staff, it would not surprise in the least if once he?s finished getting his badges in the next few months that he doesn?t return to us as a coach. Totally agree with everything said about him: class on and off the pitch. Shame that can?t be said about other people who've been let go.
Good luck, Nuno lad, don?t be a stranger!
18 Posted 13/06/2009 at 21:58:06
Would be nice if he could see the warmth and affection voiced on this thread.
19 Posted 13/06/2009 at 22:09:41
One or two games in particular spring to mind: the Carling Cup game v Arsenal a few seasons ago when Nuno had just come back from an injury but he tackled Denilson, I think it was and I honestly thought one of them would end up in the stands! Thankfully Nuno walked away unscathed but I reckon it was one of the best tackles I?ve ever seen.
The other game that sticks in my mind was the 7-1 v Sunderland. Nuno and Pienaar were just fantastic down that left side and Nuno was instumental in at least three of the goals on that day.
Thanks Nuno, I wish you the very best for the future, thank you for my signed shirt and photo and I hope one day you will come back to Goodison... but not playing for anyone else, of course!
20 Posted 13/06/2009 at 23:48:00
I heard a story that before one game we had nobody to play left back and his ankle was badly swollen but he told Baz "you strap it, I play!!" All credit to the lad, it?s nice to part with players on such good terms.
21 Posted 14/06/2009 at 00:52:18
We thank him, wish him well, and as Alan Kirwin says, I hope one day he will return so we can thank him properly ? thank-you Nuno...
22 Posted 14/06/2009 at 01:12:20
23 Posted 14/06/2009 at 01:18:02
In fact it?s interesting to contrast Valente?s exemplary conduct with that of his compatriot and fellow Champions League winner who also departed the north-west this week. The contempt Cristiano Ronaldo displayed towards Manchester United?s supporters with his faux interviews on SSN for instance, towards the end of the season was a disgrace frankly.
It?s good to see Valente concluding his career here in such an honourable and dignified way. Good luck to him and he may make a great addition to the coaching staff in the future.
24 Posted 14/06/2009 at 05:48:58
25 Posted 14/06/2009 at 08:05:06
How about it guys? Of course, I?d be prepared to deliver them personally to the gorgeous fella!!!!
Good point re Cristina Ronaldo, what a wally he is!
26 Posted 14/06/2009 at 11:54:05
And I would like to add my very best wishes, to Nuno and his family, for the future..
27 Posted 14/06/2009 at 13:20:37
28 Posted 14/06/2009 at 14:09:10
Truely a class professional, a class person and someone proud to have worn an Everton shirt. We were proud to have him. Thank you, Nuno, no mater where you go you have a place in Liverpool in the hearts of our fans. Good Luck in all your future plans.
29 Posted 14/06/2009 at 14:03:36
Wish you all the best Nuno, a great fan of yours and hope to see you here again. COYB
30 Posted 15/06/2009 at 01:27:53
Didn?t know him personally but, every time his name was on the starting line-up, a feeling of comfort always sprung. Never heard/read him once complain to press about not getting enough games, which shows his class.