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Kendall: Everton should give Distin a farewell against Spurs

15/05/2015  Comments (40)  jump
The ex-Blues manager feels that a servant to the club like Sylvain Distin deserves a send-off and that Roberto Martinez should give him at least a place in the bench for the last match of the season.

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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 15/05/2015 at 08:03:17
It would be nice but with Martinez you canÂ’t see it.

It will be the same tried and tested failures and the same defence minded two holding midfielders with the same subs bench..

Nothing new.

Geoff Evans
2 Posted 15/05/2015 at 08:55:57
Time to say thanks to a great servant.
Nick Entwistle
3 Posted 15/05/2015 at 09:22:51
Absolutely right. I could add a few more to the list too.
Ian McDowell
4 Posted 15/05/2015 at 09:26:20
Final home game v Spurs would be the perfect opportunity to try 3 at the back as Lennon and Pienaar are both unavailable.

Stones Jags Distin as a back 3. Coleman and Garbutt as wing backs. Barry McCarthy and Barkley in midfield with Lukaku up top and Mirallas floating off him.

GiveÂ’s Distin a good send off and would give us the opportunity to see something neew.

Tony J Williams
5 Posted 15/05/2015 at 09:35:51
Somehow I canÂ’t see it happening, especially after his piece in the French papers last week.
Victor Yu
6 Posted 15/05/2015 at 09:37:29
If he wanted to do it, it would have been done last week already.
Brian Harrison
7 Posted 15/05/2015 at 10:18:26
I donÂ’t think RM will include Distin, even though it would be fitting for the fans. So I think it will be up to the fans to come up with something to say thanks to Distin.
Jim Bennings
8 Posted 15/05/2015 at 11:23:26
We could just come up with a chant maybe???

"oh Sylvain Distin, you told him to spin, , you told him to spinnnnn, oh Sylvain Distin you told him to spin".

Haha ok it probably wonÂ’t catch on but anyone who was in the lower Gwladys Street last weekend and witnessed the Kone chant then anythingÂ’s possible.

Dean Peamum
9 Posted 15/05/2015 at 11:47:54
To the tune of Jim Reeves Â’Distant DrumsÂ’
(donÂ’t pretend you donÂ’t know it)

I hear the sound, as Distin runs
His legs have gone, but heÂ’s still good guns
I hear the sound, as he groans and creaks
What do you expect, heÂ’s thirty-seven and twenty-one weeks

William Cartwright
10 Posted 15/05/2015 at 14:15:17
Great player and club servant. Took over from Lescott with cash in the bank and was a real true blue. I am waiting to see him join another Premier League club and probably like Garbutt, he will prove his worth. Football isnÂ’t rocket science, just understanding a playerÂ’s strengths, mental and physical and either play to them. I wish him well.
Chris Feeley
11 Posted 15/05/2015 at 14:32:50
I think a minuteÂ’s applause in the 15th minute could be a fitting send off from the fans. Martinez should be ashamed of the way heÂ’s treated him.
Terry Downes
12 Posted 15/05/2015 at 14:51:35
Jim (8),

What was the Kone chant them?

Eugene Ruane
13 Posted 15/05/2015 at 15:04:09
This is not a go at Distin..despite appearances.

I actually like Distin, think at his best he was more than decent for us (although imo, too often, he wasnÂ’t at his best).

However all this Â’we need to give him a good send offÂ’ stuff does my fucking head in, as does how we generally regard (often ordinary or under-performing) players and performances.

Arl arse?

Absolutely - I remember when we used to applaud players after they took a (good) corner, rather than before they take (a shit) one.

Distin is a Â’loyal servantÂ’ in as much as he decided not to throw his fantastic wages in the bin and say Â’I quit"

We have paid him (and others) millions for careers that can be described as Â’ok, not bad, bit up and down likeÂ’, yet that isnÂ’t enough it seems - now we have to worry about organising a leaving do.

Fact: Distin will never have to do a dayÂ’s tap for the rest of his days and will live a lovely life of luxury - I wish him nothing but the best, but..he should be applauding you and me.

IÂ’m not against him coming on at half-time, having a wave, getting a round of applause etc (IÂ’ll happily join in), but we need to start thinking about how standards get lowered.

Anyone think Â’the special oneÂ’ gives a shit about who gets a nice send off?

Think Fergie did?

"Won the title? Go and get your applause son! Fucked up, not given 100%? YouÂ’re dead to me"

Distin should be on the field/bench only if his performances are up to scratch - thatÂ’s it.

Imo, we worry too much about this type of thing and not enough about us - what are WE being served up?

What about lack of respect for US?

What about what great servants WE are?

We were here before these fellers and weÂ’ll be here long after theyÂ’re gone and the whole thing costs us fortunes - worry about you.

Those who applauded Moyes til their hands hurt should remember how it/he come back to bite them (us!) on the arse.

We donÂ’t know what the player might say that could damage Everton (ie: our chances of attracting other players) after he leaves, so I prefer to hang fire for the moment.

And even if he doesnÂ’t give us down the banks, his Â’actually it wasnÂ’t very pleasantÂ’ could easily become "MY EVERTON HELL!"

(sigh! - all so much simpler when applause was saved for great performances and great players).

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 15/05/2015 at 16:17:24
Eugene, people are talking about five minutes at the end of the Spurs game, if you are happy to give him a wave at half time, then whatÂ’s five minutes to you?

I understand your arguments, but you do go on at times, give an Aspro a headache. Come on, Eugene, lighten up.

Jimmy-Ã…ge Sørheim
15 Posted 15/05/2015 at 16:14:57
I agree with Howard Kendall. Distin has been made into a scapegoat by Martinez, and imo a manager should NEVER let his emotions guide him when picking a team.

Jagielka and Howard was right there with Distin in every crappy performance, in fact the 3 of them are a huge reason why our season has been so abysmal.

Moyes would never pull this sort of crap with one of our most senior players, to me Martinez is vindictive and clueless.

I point to the dropping of Robles when we needed his clean sheets the most.

This season has been a TOTAL mess from start to finish, this is the true face of Martinez, he is just a poor manager.

For all the positive spin Martinez spouts, there is no justification in leaving Distin out f the team, and making him the only scapegoat, when Howard a and Jagioelka deserves to be dropped just as much!

Brian Harrison
16 Posted 15/05/2015 at 16:22:56
Eugene, you old cynic, once they have passed their usefulness, then chase them off without a cheerie word? I thought we prided ourselves with having a warmer heart than that.

By the way, I think Mourhino re-signed Drogba for what he did in the past and a thank you from the club.

Although to be fair you did say you wouldnt mind him coming on at half time for a round of applause and that might be the best option as I donÂ’t think the charlatan will include him in the squad next week.

Jim Bennings
17 Posted 15/05/2015 at 16:40:36

Some nut in the lower Street End (he knows who he is haha) started it on his own when Kone was doing first off warm up down the touchline. It all started with one man chanting "Kone give us a wave, Kone, Kone give us a wave" to which he was none too successful but within minutes the entire Street End was helping him out with the chant, pity Kone didnÂ’t bother to wave haha.

James Marshall
18 Posted 15/05/2015 at 16:41:39
HeÂ’ll slide out the back door with less than a murmur, and regardless of what we think about the debacle, thatÂ’ll be that.

I was always a big Distin fan, and in light of his treatment, continue to be - I also donÂ’t subscribe to the fan-complaint that Â’players earn millionsÂ’ etc. So what? ItÂ’s not up to them to decide what they get paid, and human beings still have highs & lows regardless of how much money they earn. ItÂ’s a bullshit argument from people that seem to think money buys you happiness. It doesnÂ’t, so regardless of earnings, Distin deserves better than heÂ’s been given by Martinez this season.

Brian Harrison
19 Posted 15/05/2015 at 16:48:01
I know this is nothing to do with Distin but I see in the Liverpool Echo live blog they quote the Stoke Sentinel saying that the worry for Stoke would be if Everton start next season badly then Everton could move for Hughes. Now even other local papers are putting names forward pity the Echo hasnÂ’t followed suit. They seem to think with us being a bigger club and Hughes having played for us it might be too big a temptation to turn down.
Paul Gladwell
20 Posted 15/05/2015 at 16:52:53
I wonÂ’t be giving anyone a send off I will be leaving early as I think this whole club needs to know what we feel about them this season in some way, from the ego riddled players courting moves after a season of utter drivel, the clown of a manager treating us like fools with his aftermath shite, to the idiot owner whoÂ’s disappeared when last season he was all so pretty vocal and handing out contracts willy nilly and ever so proud of his new manager he knew was the right man.
Kevin Elliott
21 Posted 15/05/2015 at 16:57:19
James Marshall. Well said.
Bill Griffiths
22 Posted 15/05/2015 at 17:20:31
It would be a worry for me never mind Stoke. HeÂ’s just an average manager.
John Francis
24 Posted 15/05/2015 at 17:28:55
Eugene 13* here here every single fckin word mate. Spot on .
Declan Brown
25 Posted 15/05/2015 at 17:24:33
Brian Harrison (19), IÂ’ve suggested Hughes on this site a few times and took a several low digs for it.

I think he would be the progressional step up from Moyes, we would be fit, competitive, combative, organised, good at defending and attacking set pieces, the basics, he has an eye for a bargain, has done well everywhere he went (Blackburn, Wales, Fulham, Man City, Stoke) improving them all except the Damned QPR where even Harry Houdini failed to keep them up. Plus he has no respect for Liverpool, Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, City so at least we would be set up to give them a game with the intention of winning everytime unlike the current and last managers.

Stoke like, Blackburn, Wales, Fulham, Man City and Stoke all played better football after Hughes joined them. ItÂ’s a good call in my opinion. IÂ’m a realist, we ainÂ’t going to get the next Mourinho, we canÂ’t attract that type of manager, we have to rebuild and progress step by step especially now with FFP in place.

ItÂ’s whether Hughes could work with Kenwright. I canÂ’t see it. LetÂ’s wait and see. MartinezÂ’s days are numbered in my book, itÂ’s when aand not if, but who comes in next depends on the damage done by Martinez and his backroom team between now and the inevitable bad start next season. Roberto is dead man walking in my eyes.

Declan Brown
26 Posted 15/05/2015 at 17:35:59
And, oh, Distin does deserve a nice send off. WeÂ’ve done it for others. ItÂ’s a touch of class no matter who it is for and what teamÂ’s supporters are doing it.

Money doesnÂ’t come into it.

Linda Morrison
27 Posted 15/05/2015 at 17:37:25
I agree with Declan that Martinez will be gone sooner rather than later. However I think that it wonÂ’t be Hughes who takes over but Moyes, who can state his unfinished business with the club.

I like many was angry at the manner he left but that is in the past now and I think if we keep our young players he will have a quality striker and a sound base.

I lost all faith with Martinez once it emerged he could not/would not listen to the concern of senior players. I hope Distin gets another club

Dave Abrahams
28 Posted 15/05/2015 at 17:41:04
Eugene, Butlins is too far for me, it will be New Brighton or maybe Southport if I win a few pound.
Kevin Tully
30 Posted 15/05/2015 at 17:57:58
Declan # 25, thatÂ’s a great post. Instead of the thousands of posts that hysterically scream at Martinez for throw away comments, here we have a name of a replacement, with the reasons behind your choice clearly stated.

As the fella who worked in Lime St. bogs used to say after witnessing all sorts going on late at night ; Â’ItÂ’s like a breath of fresh air when they just come in for a shit.Â’

Hopefully, we will see other posters following suit. ItÂ’s far more interesting coming up with a solution, rather than just repeatedly regurgitating the same old tripe, day in, day out.

P.S. - donÂ’t agree with Hughes, Moyes lite for me. I would like to see Benitez here, but unfortunately, donÂ’t think heÂ’d want to upset the shite fans. If not him, Bilic would be my second choice. Saying that, I am prepared to see Martinez given another 3 months into the new season. Big summer ahead.

Eugene Ruane
31 Posted 15/05/2015 at 18:00:23
Declan - "And, oh, Distin does deserve a nice send off.Â’

Tut, I feel Goodison might not be as intimidating in years to come.

Head of County Rd Cutters, 2040 - Link

Trevor Peers
32 Posted 15/05/2015 at 18:12:57
Hughes would be more realistic than most. I used to think he wasnÂ’t good enough for the blues, but after this season I think he would be excellent, he would bring back some sanity and discipline.

ItÂ’s just press speculation at the moment, but BK should put some kind of timescale on RobertoÂ’s future based on results.

Geoff Evans
33 Posted 15/05/2015 at 18:43:35

I agree with you, Martinez should be given three months... for bringing our club into disrepute, incompetent prat.

Jim Bennings
34 Posted 15/05/2015 at 18:58:00
Mark Hughes is actually a underrated manager.

Has done a great job at Stoke and was never given time at Manchester City due to his United links.

Knows how the game in the Premier League needs playing, with passion, aggression and letÂ’s be honest Stoke are no longer alehouse, they play decent stuff, far more productive than what we play.

Andy Crooks
35 Posted 15/05/2015 at 19:00:58
I am sick of hearing of loyal fucking servants. Brian Labone was a loyal servant. The poor supporters who have followed the disgraceful shite served up by this bunch of underachieving pampered no marks are loyal servants.

After the final whistle of the last game they and their useless coach should skulk of the pitch with their heads hung in shame.

Darryl Ritchie
36 Posted 15/05/2015 at 19:00:53
Distin is, for whatever reason, completely out of favour with Martinez. There is a story to be told about how this has come about, but, I donÂ’t think weÂ’re going find out anytime soon. Distin has snowballÂ’s chance in hell to be on the bench.
Brin Williams
37 Posted 15/05/2015 at 19:11:43
KT 30 Â’As the fella who worked in Lime St. bogs used to say after witnessing all sorts going on late at night ; "ItÂ’s like a breath of fresh air when they just come in for a shit."

Ho ho efÂ’in ho!!

David Greenwood
38 Posted 15/05/2015 at 19:48:00
CouldnÂ’t agree more Kev.
Declan Brown
39 Posted 15/05/2015 at 20:26:36
Re; Kevin Tully 30.

My rs friends have been saying for months that Rafa is on his way back to Anfield (he still has a house in the North West according to them). I donÂ’t think heÂ’d even consider us due to the lack of money to spend and the obvious link to the sewer across the park.

Slaven Bilic is a great call, but would he come to us (word has it heÂ’s being lined up for the West Ham job after Moyes said no to them and Newcastle). IÂ’d like to see Bilic given a shot at it, itÂ’s just I canÂ’t see Kenwright being that ambitious, he goes for the easy option in his managers.

Even Hughes came IÂ’d say he go after a while citing a lack of ambition from the board. Hughes was a winner, tough as old boots who didnÂ’t like losing as a player and his narky demeanour suggests he hasnÂ’t lost any of that as a manager.

IÂ’d want him because heÂ’d take no guff and has that fire about him that I think the players would respect and play for. Picture Lukaku telling Hughes how he wants the team how to play, or the penalty fiascoÂ’s, or the opposition managerÂ’s like Benitez taking cheap shots at us, youÂ’d know his reaction donÂ’t you?

We just donÂ’t have any modern day Joe RoyleÂ’s to come in, one of us, to lift the place and restore our pride. The days of us challenging for leagues and cups seem to be over, so we have to be the next best thing to that and hope that one day lady luck smiles down on us.

Harold Matthews
40 Posted 15/05/2015 at 21:21:05
Terrific player at his best. Never been adequately replaced.
Bob Hannigan
41 Posted 15/05/2015 at 23:43:28
Distin served Everton very well in his years here and should be honored. There is no direct correlation but this should be a consideration in the "Fair Play" slot for Europa next year
Ian Smitham
42 Posted 16/05/2015 at 00:01:49
At the Semi against Liverpool, he knew he messed up,, he was gutted , he was the last player on the pitch at the end and he walked over to our glorious fans and I feel that he was hurt and was gutted. I stood, as did a lot of others, and applauded the man as hard as I could. He was desolate.

He may earn millions as they all do but in that moment I loved him and wish him all the best.

Have seen a few comments about errors he has made, but I would not like to question his commitment at all times and trust that some of our remaining players watch and learn.

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