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Phil Jagielka's post match interview..

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I've just watched Phil Jagielka's post match interview which consisted of him answering 5 out of 6 questions with the opening gambit: "Yeah, definitely...".

Does anyone know Phil on a personal level? Is he a bit thick? Or is this like that game where they try to get as many song titles in to the interview as possible in order to turn it in to a complete farce?

I've noticed Tony Hibbert throws in "Eh, it's one of d'ose..." at the start of each of his answers when exposed to questioning from the media..

Has anyone else noticed this? If not keep your eye out and play ?Trite Phrase Bingo? with your favourite football "personalities" ? helps liven up what can be a sterile stroll into the banal and redundant world of a footballer?s thought process.

Drew O'Neall, Everton TV     Posted 06/03/2011 at 00:32:43

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Aiden Jones
1   Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:15:49

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Maybe Phil is not too comfortable dealing with the media - doesn't make him thick.
Andy Crooks
2   Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:38:21

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Drew, I reckon anyone untrained in the ways of he media can look bad. Andy Cole was my favourite. He'd give a one word answer and then someone apparently switched him off. The look on the interviewer's face was priceless.
Tony Rice
3   Posted 06/03/2011 at 06:24:37

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I couldn't care less.... let your play do the talking, you Blues!
Norman Merrill
4   Posted 06/03/2011 at 07:40:41

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Drew, just try getting a microphone stuck in front of you, and then you may have some answers.

All players are not media trained, unlike the luvvies on a red carpet.

Gavin Ramejkis
5   Posted 06/03/2011 at 07:50:54

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Pity no-one has managed to shove a mic in front of Kenwright and ask him some direct questions...
Mark Pendleton
6   Posted 06/03/2011 at 08:45:43

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Or perhaps with the number of rhetorical questions the media keep asking, he's less inclined to justify them with a more considered response!
Dick Fearon
7   Posted 06/03/2011 at 08:54:42

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Jags probably knows that every word he says could end up as tittle tattle in a gossip column such as this. Oops!
Gary Creaney
8   Posted 06/03/2011 at 09:32:11

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Yeah, it definitely is something Jags has always said. Just listen to previous interviews on evertontv for example. He usually says it when the interviewer has asked him a question with an obvious 'Yes' answer.
James Cadwaladr
9   Posted 06/03/2011 at 09:56:19

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While we are on it though, I don't miss Andy Johnson's interviews.

"Yeah like it was like a good game like and we like had to like battle hard like but like in the end we like managed like to score like one more like goal than like them like."
Richard Dodd
10   Posted 06/03/2011 at 10:19:44

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Why do all footballers feel the need to rub their necks and faces whilst being interviewed? And who is Tony Pullis looking for when he constantly looks away when answering questions?
John Crook
11   Posted 06/03/2011 at 10:31:46

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Andy Johnson was the worst ? he used to use the word 'obviously' 3 or 4 times in a sentence, trying to to make himself sound half intelligent. It's a good job these footballers are on £30/40k plus a week in dream jobs and don't have to pass literature or aptitude tests!
Marc Williams
12   Posted 06/03/2011 at 10:25:04

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Hi Jags...can I ask you some questions ?

Is Moyes the most tactically inept & overated manager in the Prem'?

Was making 'Big Vic' a complete waste of his dad's spunk?

Is 'Chairman Bill' a lying charlatan of a chancer, who's taking our club to oblivion?

Was our failure to sign anyone in the January transfer window an excruciating embarrassment to both players & fans?

Will you, along with five or six other players, be sold in the summer to balance the books?

Is Gerard the dirtiest most inbred twat you've ever played against?

Can I and any other ToffeeWeb readers who fancy it take turns on the WAGs in the Marquee before our next home game?

Oh I don't suppose you could chauffeur us round the ale houses in your posh car afterward could ya?

YEAH Phil, You've DEFINITELY been very honest & helpful !
Dave Roberts
13   Posted 06/03/2011 at 10:35:12

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If he goes on a scoring streak and scores the winner in the next ten games like he did yesterday I don't give a shit if he starts swinging from the lampshades and gibbering in coloquial Chimpanzee.

The thing to remember is that most footballers are just ordinary lads with, in most cases, an average education at best. Being articulate or not is not an indication of intelligence. Being articulate is a matter of training and socialization. David Cameron is articulate but he's a moron.
Eugene Ruane
14   Posted 06/03/2011 at 11:20:01

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Feeling my age, I can remember when spunk was sponk.
John Audsley
15   Posted 06/03/2011 at 11:51:49

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Never heard that before, will have to research that one....

Jags isn't exactly yer first choice in front of the olde camera but I'd have him instead of spoons like Merson, Salako or any former RS.

Ray Wilkins was always the worst with his "He'll be disappointed by that" every time.

Even Howard Kendall always says "Naturally" in EVERY interview, I remember in 1991, I kept saying it cos HK did.....
Guy Hastings
16   Posted 06/03/2011 at 12:01:39

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When interviewers ask interesting questions maybe players will respond with interesting answers.
Marc Williams
17   Posted 06/03/2011 at 12:27:18

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Eugene 14, John 15......

Surely 'Sponk' would be the verb form of the noun 'spunk'.

Tony Waring
18   Posted 06/03/2011 at 12:45:52

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Compared to Dean Windass, Jags is good enough for the King's Speech!
Andrew Cunningham
19   Posted 06/03/2011 at 12:55:36

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What's you're name son?
Fuck off, lad ? you can't speak proper English so you'd be no good to us....
Phil Bellis
20   Posted 06/03/2011 at 13:24:19

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Spot on, Marc: 'sponk' is, indeed the intransitive verb of the noun 'spunk'. EJ was obviously not paying attention during Fr Adamson's English lessons...

"Hands on TOP of the desk, Ruane!"

Peter Dry
21   Posted 06/03/2011 at 12:51:50

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Am I the only one who finds Merson's inarticulacy and lack of eloquence quite endearing?

John Crook (#11)

"Andy Johnson was the worse"

And you've had time to think it through. Not so easy is it?!
David Hallwood
22   Posted 06/03/2011 at 14:05:54

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How about Wazza's "Erm erm erm erm y'know." BTW is that what you said to your mum when she caught you havin a J Arthur. "It's OK mum I'm just researching sponk"
John Gee
23   Posted 06/03/2011 at 15:02:51

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Jags scores the winning goal away from home and someone slags him off for not being Oscar Wilde! Priceless!

Max Main
24   Posted 06/03/2011 at 15:16:12

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Bit old but still amusing (and on topic...sort of):
Drew O'Neall
25   Posted 06/03/2011 at 15:52:18

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Hey, I never said I didn't love him... In fact, if Phil Jagielka shoved a mic in my face and said "Do you love me?" I'd say...
Duncan McDine
26   Posted 06/03/2011 at 17:25:46

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Shithouse Lescott used to say "Yeah definitely" at the start of every response. Most of our players are crap infront the camera ? apart from Cahill who has a healthy love for himself and Everton!

Coleman looks like a monkey when talking. Neville looks too serious and faces the floor (to hide his ugly mug?). Even Arteta pronouces us "Eberton"!!! Add to that all the comments above, it's no wonder we're always last on MotD.
Shaun Brennan
27   Posted 06/03/2011 at 18:38:27

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Gordon Strachan was the best when being interviewed. If he was asked a stupid question, he'd let the interviewer know!
Jay Harris
28   Posted 06/03/2011 at 18:54:24

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Phil, would that be the Fr Adamson of SFX notoriety?

Is he still going?
Jeff Armstrong
29   Posted 06/03/2011 at 22:00:00

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Yeah, spunk definitely used to be sponk, seem to remember johnnies where called sponkies, now they're just Heitingas ? full of man fat and no use to anyone!!
Paul Conatzer
30   Posted 07/03/2011 at 02:52:25

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I think that athletes have difficulty in answering questions about what they did in a game because their actions in a game are almost instinct. No doubt, Everton worked on the free kick that Jags scored in training and it was worked until it became muscle memory for everybody involved.
If you have to think what you're gonna do... it'll be too late to do it...
Michael Kenrick
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31   Posted 07/03/2011 at 07:18:40

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A thread on 'inarticulacy', and a dissertation on sponk!
Alan Clarke
32   Posted 07/03/2011 at 08:49:43

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I think most of us think we sound quite intelligent in our own heads. I was interviewed for a friend's uni work and, listening to myself back, I sound like a monotone idiot.

I know that the Man U players receive training on how to speak to the media. Obviously Everton can't afford for their players to have this training.
Chris Fisher
33   Posted 07/03/2011 at 09:53:01

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I think yeah definitely and obviously are just obviously what all footballers say in interviews, it's definitely what I have noticed them saying a lot.
Stewart Littler
34   Posted 07/03/2011 at 11:50:20

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Chris Kamara was terrible ? and he got a job with the fuckers. If you haven't seen it, his performance reporting on (I think) a Southampton game is hilarious: Stelling cuts to him as a man has been sent off and Kamara thinks he's been subbed ? priceless!!
Ray Roche
35   Posted 07/03/2011 at 15:12:13

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Marc Williams

"Surely 'Sponk' would be the verb form of the noun 'spunk'"

Don't know, mate, but it was a bugger to clean off the back seat of a Morris Minor in 1968, not to mention yer kecks.

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