Gibson signs new deal at Everton

by | 09/06/2016  181 Comments  [Jump to last]

Darron Gibson has put pen to paper on a two-year extension to his contract which was due to expire this summer.

The 28-year-old had been widely expected to leave Goodison Park this summer as a free agent following a succession of injury problems which have restricted him to just 12 starts in all competitions over the past three seasons.

The club have announced, however, that the Republic of Ireland international, who missed the cut for his country's Euro2016 squad, has agreed new terms which tie him to Goodison Park until June 2018.

“I am absolutely delighted,” Gibson said after concluding the deal. “I had a few options but as long as Everton were giving me the option I was never going anywhere else.

"People say, ‘Once Everton has touched you,' and it is true. It is a great club, there are great people here and the dressing room is great, so I was never signing anywhere else.

“Obviously, I have had a tough few years but thankfully the Club have stuck by me and I have signed for another two years, so hopefully the next two years go a lot better."  


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Brian Williams
1 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:39:12
I'd have let him go...we'd save a load on medical bills alone!
Anto Byrne
3 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:41:39
Good player; I hope he stays fit.
Craig Walker
4 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:42:13
First bit of disappointing news I've heard for a few weeks. What next, extensions for Pienaar, Osman and Hibbert?

We need to stop being sentimental and ask this question when thinking about contracts and signings "would this player get into Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea, RS?" If the answer is negative then get shut or do not sign.

Kevin Moorcroft
5 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:43:04
It will be difficult to see him keep sound again. I can't understand any player decision until the new manager is actually officially appointed.
Neil Shanahan
6 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:44:15
Injury prone and his attitude is awful. No true hunger to be a top professional. They should have sold him without thinking twice.
Kevin Rowlands
7 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:44:37
Surely he has to step it up next season, he's been stealing a wage for far to long now, hopefully that doesn't mean that the rest of the deadwood are going to be kept on.
Tony Draper
8 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:45:00
Gobsmacked ! !! !!!
Mike Allison
10 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:46:48
Don't get this one at all, really quite annoyed by it. Maybe Kluitenberg has a cunning plan, but with Davies and Ledson showing promise and money to buy class, Gibson is one that I'd happily lose. He owes the club millions in wages received for doing nothing over the last few years and he's never, ever played a full season for us, or anyone else since he was about 19.

I can only think we want to sell him for money rather than releasing him for free. What's next, McGeady the first to get 𧴜k a week?

Matt Muzi
11 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:47:47
???????

Better be appearance/fitness based pay...

Jackie Barry
12 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:47:50
Or it's based on the plan to sell him for a little more money than we would have got. Either way, I don't see him being a starter so no problem.
Liam Reilly
13 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:47:54
Strange one; the club must have a cast iron insurance policy that pays out when he's on the treatment table.
Tony Steele
14 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:49:01
Who's made this decision?
Steve Guy
15 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:50:56
WHY?!
Rian Magee
17 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:53:21
I'm going to upset the apple cart here but I'm not troubled by this at all. With a proper fitness coach, Gibson could very well step it up a notch or five.

When he's fit (which is all too rare) he's one of the best passing midfielders we have. Still think he should have been heavily punished for the drink driving though.

Raymond Fox
18 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:54:37
Seems a strange one to me also, disappointing.

Martin Mason
19 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:57:30
I rate him as one of the best players at Everton if he could only stay fit. Hardly a progressive move but I doubt his cost is high and we don't know what the contract will be.
Geoff Williams
20 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:59:23
He's a good footballer but his lack of fitness is a concern. I hope this was taken into account when his contract was negotiated.
Christopher Timmins
21 Posted 09/06/2016 at 15:59:28
Strange? No
Surprising? No
Unbelievable? Absolutely!
Pete Ellingham
22 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:00:00
What, why? Don't get it!
Minik Hansen
23 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:00:25
Can remember few stunning assists. Good luck with his fitness.
Mike Dixon
24 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:01:06
He does, at least, pass the ball forward.
Kevin Moorcroft
25 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:01:34
I would have thought any player moves would be completed when and after our new manager is actually appointed.
Gerard Carey
27 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:05:43
Think we should have let him go, a good player if fit, but that's a big "if".
Kevin Tully
28 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:05:50
Sensible move. He's only 28, so he'll probably command a fee of £3-5m in today's market. I would imagine that's the only reason for this extended contract.
Ray Griffin
29 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:06:56
Strange timing this, was it agreed & pushed through by his agent before our new maager has control over who comes & goes. A decent player when fit but when is that? Too slow now and IMHO Koeman would never have picked him to play in a Southampton team ast season.

I can live with it though as long as that waster McGeady does one out the Exit door. Martinez had some kind of deluded vision that he was a top class player, tried to sign him for Wigan before he unfortunately shipped up on our doorstep.

I watched him for years with Celtic & my national team and always came to the same conclusion, overrated, overpaid &, a lot of the time, overweight. Free transfer to Cowdenbeath with the taxi fare thrown in.

Alan J Thompson
30 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:08:17
I like Gibson as a player but 12 games in 3 years says a lot. Hopefully, this extension of his contract reflects that.
Thomas Surgenor
31 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:08:20
Good forward thinking player.
I think he has barely lost a Premier League game that he started. He had some incredible record for never loosing when he first joined us.

However - I have lost patience with him and would rather give his "pitch time" to young Davies or Ledson to develop them. I think they'd be a safer investment.

Ian Brandes
32 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:08:26
Should have been shipped out. He may be 28, but he has got the body of someone 48.

Very disturbing.

Paul Goodchild
34 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:11:44
Quality player if fit, but he is never too fit for long. Would be a very useful squad player at least if he remained fit throughout the season.
Mike Gaynes
35 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:11:49
Good point by Martin that we don't know the cost, so it's hard to judge value. But he's only 28 and showed late in the season that he can still perform when healthy.

Besides, the only other backup for Barry and Macca is Besic, who is just as fragile. And none of the young guys coming up are defensive mids. So I'd say it's a reasonable precautionary signing if he's not expensive.

Kevin O'Regan
36 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:13:13
Congrats Mark Melton, must feel like 1st man on the moon does it ?
Like Gibson, but this is strange indeed.
Paul Kossoff
37 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:14:24
Thomas 12, Gibson's started 12 games for us in three years! Barely lost a game he started?

That's some record, his signing will have the Premier League shaking in their boots.

Mark Melton
38 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:15:16
Sorry Kevin (36), couldn't resist it. Was tongue in cheek though. ;-)
Ian Jones
39 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:15:41
I have championed his cause for a few years now. I think, when fit, he is a decent player and 28 is not old (especially when you consider we have Barry who is mid-30s), so I am pleased that he has signed.

However, I am surprised he wants to stay. I would have expected him to look to move on to another club to get a regular start.

Interesting times, especially with the crop of younger players appearing on the scene.

David Connor
40 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:16:28
I can't believe we have given that crock a 2-year contract. He's going to fleece us even more with that contract. Bet he can't believe his luck. Fucking unreal.

He should've got one season tops and counted himself fortunate to get that. We'll be lucky if he plays 12 games a season. Absolute joke. Luck of the Irish isn't in it.
Keith Conchie
41 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:20:35
This is a joke, he's never been fully fit for us. Why couldn't this wait for our new manager or director of football to decide if he should get a new contract.

Only thing I can think is that they done it so they can sell him in the January window, rather than let him leave for nothing.

Apparently he turned down other clubs to sign a new contract with us.
Who?? No one else would touch him.

Steve Bingham
42 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:21:12
Eh? What the ...? Who sanctioned this? I bloody hope Mr Koeman knows about this otherwise it's not the best footing for the new manager to get off onto! Someone else flinging new contracts around willy-nilly before his foot's in the door is a bit of a concern surely?
Graham Coldron
43 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:21:42
Could be a Paul Power type of signing...
Chris Fidler
44 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:25:25
Absolutely rediculous, he should have been shipped out, he spends more time in the physio's room than on the pitch, he has been at Everton 4 years and has made 51 appearances and since 2005 has only made 134 appearances.

Mr Moshiri MUST have money to throw away. It would not surprise me if Martinez came back after this. Ambition, what ambition?
Christy Ring
45 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:27:46
Who sanctioned this deal? I always liked Gibson, but he is too injury prone, and even though he played the last few games, was way off the pace. A 2-year contract is ridiculous, I would have been a lot happier if Williams, Ledson, and Davies were promoted to the first team, and Gibson sold for a nominal fee.
Steavey Buckley
46 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:27:56
The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs opens today; and I have to admit the Darron Gibson 2-year contract is a bit puzzling, especially, when he can't even make the RoI team.

No disrespect to the Irish team, but they ain't one of the best teams around, when Everton fans are expecting bigger things with better players for next season. And I do believe Darron Gibson is not one of them.

Damian Wilde
47 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:32:34
Can anybody see the rationale for this? Moyes type of decision. What happened to our new found 'ambition'? He'll make the bench at most (if he's ever fit). Very poor decision.
Geoff Risebrow
49 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:33:46
Not a good decision by the club! He is never fit.
Garry Corgan
50 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:38:19
I'd back this decision. I'm sure he's not costing us very much and, when he's on his game, he offers an options none of our other midfielders do. He was sublime in the second half of the semi final. Worth a punt and we can always cash in if his injury problems continue.

I'm more concerned with his representation of the club given his recent legal problems. Tbh, I'd have sacked him over that.

Dave Abrahams
51 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:41:12
That is the first backward step since the end of the season. I hope there are no more nonsense steps to come.
Dave Abrahams
52 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:42:32
Unless of course he has been to Lourdes!!!
Oliver Molloy
53 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:45:17
20 grand a week and minutes on pitch related bonuses I heard today, that's more than 50% drop in previous wage apparently.

Yep, this is the club looking to bank a few quid down the line I would say.

Shane Corcoran
54 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:46:47
Dave, didn't make the plane.
Chris Fidler
55 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:47:17
Talk about the inmates running the asylum. We don't need a manager, we need a team of psychiatrists if decisions like this are our long-term future.
James Flynn
56 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:50:33
I can see the "Get something for him instead of letting him walk free" argument. EFC paid him a lot of money for little return, after all.

If he's healthy (and sober) some club could take a punt for a small fee. As much as its gone to waste, he does have talent.

On the other hand, who knows what Koeman's view will be once he's seen the players in pre-season training.

Winston Williamson
57 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:51:23
Well this is disappointing. Thought Davies was nailed on to take his squad place.
Michael McCarthy
58 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:55:24
We don't know contract terms, unless you do of course! Best passer of the ball on our books.
Chris O'Callaghan
59 Posted 09/06/2016 at 16:58:51
Gibbo was the only person who could pass the ball forward last season (on the few occasions he did play!), he is solid in DM and helps out the defence in my view.

If the guy can just stay fit then I believe he has a chance of making the team, I'm Irish and I genuinely believe he's better then McCarthy who is highly over rated and had a stinker all year with pathetic displays.

If he can't make the team next season at the very least he would be a great sub to deploy and just sit in front of the CB's, he was under used last season because Martinez didn't believe in defence or holding on to winning margins.


Peter Gorman
60 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:02:25
He could be like a new signing for us!
Dave Abrahams
61 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:03:47
Shane (54), going or coming back.
Fran Mitchell
63 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:05:32
Imagine he'll be sold in 6 months or a year for 2 million or so to the likes of Bournmouth, Hull, Leeds, Burnley etc.

In the meantime he offers cheap back-up, knows the team, probably a decent influence in training for the young lads.

Kristian Boyce
64 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:08:19
When fit he's the best passer of the ball at the club, and offers a creative touch in the midfield. But its 'when fit' that's the issue. Probably didn't help having Martinez as manager for the last 3 years as none of the players were fit and injuries were a common theme in the squad. Maybe as someone else said that Koeman's team might be able to work with him to get him in good shape.
Brent Stephens
65 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:09:04
Tis a bit surprising but if he can only stay fit, he's a good player.

" he's been stealing a wage for far to long now" - disgusting comment.

Chris Fidler
66 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:10:37
If it is an appearance/fitness based deal, he will end up owing the club money
Mike Allison
67 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:11:35
How is it disgusting Brent? He gets paid and he doesn't do his job. 'Stealing' might be OTT but the sentiment is perfectly reasonable. What 'disgusts' you about it? You seem very easily disgusted.
Chris Fidler
68 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:24:16
Could seeing this backward step by the club, have any bearing on why Koeman has not signed yet, and is now having second thoughts about our real ambition
Tony Draper
69 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:27:38
In a football ground not so far far away…......

Gibbo strides into Grand Moff Kenwrights office wearing a simple hooded cloth Robe.
BK "Ah, Darron ! Glad that you're here, come in.... Bit awkward this I'm afraid. I'm sure that you'll understand that the club really has little option but to let you....."
DG (mystically waves hand in Grand Moff Kenwrights face) "20 grand a week for two years".
GMK "So, how does 20 grand a week for two years sound ?"
DG (whips out Mattel light sabre pen)

Mike Cheshire
70 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:28:21
Carlsberg don't do football agents, but if they did.....
Eugene Ruane
71 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:29:51
Oliver (53) - '20 grand a week and minutes on pitch related bonuses I heard today, that's more than 50% drop in previous wage apparently'.

This is genuinely not a dig at you (specifically) but personally, I'd ban any 'I heard' comment not accompanied by an accompanying link or some attempt at substantiation (I've read a few 'I heard' comments in the last 24 hrs)

We (quite rightly) knock the rags for their nameless 'a source close to..', 'an insider has revealed..', 'a family friend stated' bollocks.

I think from an accuracy perspective, we (certainly on TW) would benefit if 'I heard' had to be followed by from'

Just helps us (all) form an opinion.

Eg: 'I heard from Moshiri's brother' = wow!

'I head from Moshiri's mam's gardener's mate's grocer's cleaner' = as fucking if.

Mike Allison
72 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:32:14
Good rule Eugene.
Mike Green
73 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:36:34
Bonkers.
Phil Walling
74 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:37:16
Mosher has money to burn !
Mick Davies
75 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:37:41
Moshiri must have shares in BUPA, because for the lack of games he's played, and the shameful drink driving saga, he should been kicked out the door. We all know what a talent he is, but that's no help to the team if he's sitting on the bench - or in a bar. If the intention was to recoup some of his wasted wages by selling him, then that's a big risk: everyone in football knows about his injury record.
As Dave@ 40, says, maybe a one year deal, as he was looking the part again in his few appearances this season, and put him on the market in January. As it stands, we've got decent back up for Gaz-Mac, and we should all get behind him now he's staying.
Let's hope the new gaffer get's him fit and motivated, and he can start repaying us what he owes
Paul Mackie
76 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:48:44
Would rather we had got rid of this perma-crocked drink driver to be honest.
Jim Bailey
77 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:49:56
New manager probably at some point
New stadium possibly, here's hoping
£100 million to spend apparently

Then the bubble of optimism is soundly blown .
I said at the time(not on here) that Everton had a chance to make a stand and get shut of him after the drink driving debacle.
Now by all accounts we have a tough, no nonsense man in charge, we give him a new two year contract. Hardly a statement of intent nor is the rumoured speculation surrounding Pelle.
Typical Everton, love you dearly but sometimes you do my head in

Richard Dodd
78 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:51:49
Perhaps Davey is coming back as Director of Football (tit for tat signing with Moshiri) and has recommended the retention of this space-waster?

Either that or Kenwright asked Martinez for his list of retained players before he got the sack and Gibson's name was on it.

David Hallwood
79 Posted 09/06/2016 at 17:57:28
"Quality player when fit" is a bit like Titanic great ship except for the iceberg. Maybe there's a lot going through the doors and they want evolution not revolution-but still weird
Ray Said
80 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:00:25
I would not have given him a new deal but it may be that lower level contract renewals have been delegated to the Chief Exec?

Now Bobby the Physio has gone the new manager will actually work on getting players fit by running, jumping etc and this will benefit Gibson?

Oliver Molloy
81 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:00:47
Eugene,
It would never be fair to the people who I badger all the time when I bump into them, but of course as I have stated on here before, I do know relatives of a few Everton players as I'm sure lots of toffee webbers do.

I was actually told last week that Gibson was going to be offered a new one year contract which I genuinely did not believe by the same person.

I do agree with you that it is unfair without backing up "hearsay" rumours, so perhaps in future I will refrain from this unless given permission by the people who pass the information to me.

Mike Dolan
82 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:00:52
I don't think you can blame any player for injuries. I would guess that none of our players have been adequately fit for the last couple of years which is why the team was always floundering in the last 20 minutes of games and fell of completely in the last third of the season. He has to do his own bit by not hitting the village so often but surely there will be a clause in his contract covering this.
Gibson if fit and when he is on he really can control a game.
I say good signing and good luck to him becoming the player he has promised to be since he was a young teenager.
Kieran Kinsella
85 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:12:39
I don't have any insiders but one of the main reasons I come on here is to hear from those who claim to. Some maybe BS, some may be true but it makes things interesting
Brent Stephens
86 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:13:36
Mike #67 " 'Stealing' might be OTT". From your own mouth, Mike. So you can probably see some of my disgust. OK, meet you half way, mate - my "disgusting" is a bit OTT!
Frank Crewe
87 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:14:18
@Matt 11
"Better be appearance/fitness based pay"

Better not be or he'll starve to death. What I'd like to know is who is agreeing to these deals? After all it's not like we've got a manager right now.

Peter Morris
88 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:20:53
I think if the structure of the new contract has been rebalanced to a) reflect his injury risk, and b), give the club some recompense for the nil return of recent seasons, then I think 'fair enough'. The lad clearly has a lot of talent , and abilities currently lacking in the rest of the squad, so if, and it's a big if, he can put his fitness issues behind him, it will feel like a quality free transfer-just like Gareth Barry was. I would also have nightmares that it would come back to haunt us in some fashion if we did let him go. Good decision by both parties, and I hope it works out for everyone.
Ged Simpson
89 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:25:49
Good player and maybe new fitness coach may keep him fit.
Gavin Johnson
90 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:41:45
I'm speechless. Why the f**k has this happened?! I just saw the story on Newsnow and thought that it must be an old story regurgitated from the last contract extension. Gibson has done nothing to justify a new contract. He should be contemplating retirement with the amount of time he's spent out over the years. If he was a horse he'd be dog food by now.

What about this brave new world and aiming for the stars that we've been reading about for the last few days?! I think we've had our wings clipped with a touch of realism with this news.

Mike Mulhall
91 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:45:58
I like him, he has his problems but don't we all.

He will likely be a sub player but I am surprised we offered him a new contact

Ian Jones
92 Posted 09/06/2016 at 18:54:37
For anyone criticising the decision to give Gibson an extension should take a look at the Everton website. Gibson explains why he signed. Looks like he wants to pay back the club for supporting him through his injuries.

Admirable.

Gavin Johnson
93 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:02:34
Ian,

Unless he's signed for massively reduced wages, or pay as you play in the literal sense. I don't see how it's admirable for Gibson to do us a favour by signing another deal. I'm sure he'll still be picking up 10's of thousands to stay on the gravy train.

Gareth Clark
94 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:02:40
Very decent squad player & good experience.
Dan Davies
96 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:13:56
Would Monchi or Overmars have cleared this signing?

Have we a new DoF we don't know about yet?

Paul Kossoff
97 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:14:11
Ian (#92),

He's playing for free then is he? That's fantastic, what a nice man to sign for two year's and not be paid, just so he can repay us for the three years he has been paid and done nothing.

That's restored my faith in man, or have I misread your post?

Tony Twist
99 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:19:05
Dear lord! Who made this decision! Smells of BK! They obviously haven't a clue of how to keep him injury free and yet keep him on for 2 more years. Not impressed.
David Booth
100 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:25:13
Jesus wept: 17 habitually injury-prone games in three seasons and we give him another two years? Who the hell sanctioned that?

How many of the rest of those popularly and justifiably expected to have their services dispensed with are we going to be similarly stupid with?

Gibson can ping it as far as he likes - but it's only any good if he does it for 30-plus games a season.

Unfathomably nonsensical decision. We continue to be a charity for unwanted (manager's) pets it seems.

If Osman gets another two years, I'll fully expect David Moyes to be unveiled in a shower of Finch Farm confetti and fireworks next week!

Darren Hind
101 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:26:39
Not that strange really.

Those who remember Koeman the player will know that Gibson (on top of his game) is about the closest thing we have to him.

Not comparing the two in terms of health, determination, professionalism, but there are similarities, both men liked to sit deep and read the game, but more than capable of switching play with long accurate passes and both were far happier when the game played in front of them.

Anybody who has watched Gibbo on one of his better days will know that its not his ability which is being called into question. Maybe RK witnessed one of these rare games and made note

Just a thought

Jim Bailey
102 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:32:25
Bit of a contradiction there Darren.
Jim Hardin
103 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:32:26
So the first senior signing of the new era is Darren Gibson. Not exactly the big bang we might have expected but a useful squad player who may just be due a Van Persie-like season of no major injuries.
Chris Fidler
104 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:33:44
For anyone criticising the decision to give Gibson an extension should take a look at the Everton website. Gibson explains why he signed. Looks like he wants to pay back the club for supporting him through his injuries.
Admirable.

How can he "pay back" what he hasn't got to give. Since he has been at Everton he has played an average 12 games a season, and as he gets older his injuries will get worse, if he had more money than Mr Morishi he could not pay back what he owes this club.

Phil Walling
105 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:34:19
If Koeman had any say in this farce, then I'm going off him already.
Who's next in the queue for the gravy train - Hibbo, Ossie, Pins ? And look how quickly Elstone and Big Dunc had their future employment guaranteed !

Soppy BK is still calling the shots and keeping the arse lickers close at hand.

Brave new world ? It's bollocks if this is anything to go by !

Ian Bennett
106 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:35:25
It comes down to what the terms are. If it's appearance based, then he's a decent enough squad player to have in reserve for a title tilt.
Kevin Day
107 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:38:42
It is a bizarre move, what with all rumours of the money available for new players.. But.... There are 3 possible reasons, most have stated two. Sell on value, or, maybe the fitness coach will have an edge, and Koeman will give him til Xmas.... Other than that, with his passing ability and the good youngsters on the horizon, there's no better player to have around them teaching them a few things..
Ian Jones
108 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:40:13
Meant to add earlier. Ronald Koeman had the opportunity to look at Gibson recently in our game against them. If Koeman is to be the next manager, perhaps he saw something in Gibson that many Everton fans don't see.
James Stewart
109 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:41:30
What the hell? @28 I hope your right because Gibson against Leicester I think it was looked totally finished at Premier League Level, not someone we should be keeping around.
Mike Allison
110 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:41:34
Brent, OTT is the order of the day on ToffeeWeb at the mo, you're not doing badly compared to some. Don't get sucked in, let's bring back reasonable disagreements.
Martin Mason
111 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:42:18
He has seen the greatness of the what being touched by Everton means and his expression of gratitude is unusual for a player. I like the lad, I think his ability and especially constructive passing in the forward direction is unmatched at the club. I believe that with an injury free run he would be one of the best players in the EPL.

My guess is that his contract wasn't extended without Koeman's go ahead.

Brent Stephens
112 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:44:41
Yes, fair point Mike.
Jim Bailey
113 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:46:00
Martin, boom boom!
Mike Allison
114 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:49:38
Ian I think we all see that he's quite good, he's just had an entire career of not being fit enough for long enough. If anyone has seen something it'd have to be the fitness guy, Kluitenberg (I think).

I like the thought of him giving it the okay and saying, steely-eyed "I'll sort him out."

John Audsley
115 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:54:22
Gibson is a very good player who is sadly never fit.

Not the worst decision to keep him and he is the only "talker" in the squad.

How anyone can be so angry/distraught with him signing a new deal is beyond me.

Just hope he can stay fit......

Joe Foster
116 Posted 09/06/2016 at 19:57:24
The more things change the more they stay the same as the saying goes.
Alexander O'Brien
117 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:01:37
Just like a new signing...
Andy Walker
118 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:05:42
Surely this is just a case of get him on a longer contract so we can sell him in the summer/Jan for a couple of mill, rather than let him go for close to free if he runs his contract down. Seems commercial sense to me.
Anthony Jones
119 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:05:44
Who is making these decisions?

Good player but no longer an athlete. Wasted salary. Also, Pelle seems a strange one unless he is a backup striker.

Neither of these players hint at the sea change that the media have suggested is on the cards.

Peter Morris
120 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:06:39
I said above that on balance I support a re-balanced contract for Gibson, and I stand by that, but I would have a very different view if Ossie,Hibbo , or Peanuts were given new 'playing' deals, as they are all past being able to contribute significantly at this level. I don't expect that to happen however.
I don't think there will be much debate about Pienaar. I expect he'll go home, where he can earn a crust kicking a ball around in SA, where he is a national hero, and good luck to him. He was a magical player at his best, and really got the best from Baines as an attacking left back.
The 'Everton Way' would be to offer either or both of Hibbo and Ossie some sort of backroom role, and if it suits either of them, that too is an admirable trait within the club which I support. It's not about a gravy train. It's about ensuring that the club's unique values are carried through the generations, and two long standing and model pro's get those values to their cores. With the money now coming into the club, I think it is an affordable and totally appropriate step to keep their experience and expertise in house if at all possible.
Anthony Jones
121 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:15:22
Nice idea Peter, but I have to disagree. Osman and Hibbert have picked up massive wages for the past 2 seasons and have contributed almost F' all. The club should not be run as an old boys club. We already have Unsworth, Ferguson et al at the club so recent (often shite) history will be quite evident on the training ground.

If Moshiri is genuinely going for the top 4 I am afraid he will have little choice but to run the club as a business, with all the lack of sentiment that often entails.

Andy Walker
122 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:17:20
Anthony, it might only be wasted salary if he stays beyond the time his original contract would have run out. I think we'll sell him before then and even if he stays longer than his original contract (unlikely I reckon) we will recoup any extra wages in the form of a transfer fee. He's much more sellable than Osman and Hibbert.
Mike Allison
123 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:19:37
Peter I really hope Ossie and Hibbo end up as Everton coaches, not only for sentimental reasons but because they both have a lot to offer. Both were players with significant abilities but also significant limits which they had to work around and within. They also understand the club from top to bottom. This makes them ideal candidates to be able to play an important role, certainly with younger players and possibly in the first team environment.
Martin Mason
124 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:20:14
What is wrong with people on this site? We have the opportunity to hire a brilliant coach from Southampton and people whine because he once played for Liverpool. It can't be real but it is in black and white. We recontract a lovely footballer who has been blighted by injury but who, at a low cost, will be a great support player and even more whining. A great site yes but it really does attract whingers in spades.
Andy Walker
125 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:22:24
It makes total commercial sense to ensure any player who has value in the transfer market, is on a contract with some length to it.
Ian Burns
126 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:23:07
Like others have posted on here - first of all I don't understand this signing - neither will the young players just breaking into the first team. Second, who on earth has sanctioned this deal - we don't have a manager. Am I missing something here? Koeman due next week (we presume, nothing has been said yet) and we make a signing of this ilk before he arrives? I know we do some odd things at EFC but this takes the biscuit.
Anthony Jones
127 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:25:50
Andy, his contract would have run out this summer. If he is paid £30,000 per week, let's estimate, then over two seasons he costs us over £3 million. If he plays 10 games in that period then we have essentially paid him £300,000 per game. That would put Gibbo on par with the world's elite players!
George Cumiskey
128 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:26:38
Whoever sanctioned that deal needs sacking straight away unbelievable ! I wonder if it was good old uncle Bill ? Twelve games in three years, we are still a small thinking club .
Chris James
129 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:29:45
Sorry, but this is ludicrous.
Gibson wasn't even that impactful when he was on the pitch recently, he's crocked FFS so surely we could await the new manager before making these sort of decisions?
Mark Frere
130 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:31:17
Why would Gibson sign a new contract if he wasn't assured of a future at the club? Surely he's got a much better chance of finding a club if he's a free agent. Furthermore, players usually love being out of contract because they will usually get a much better financial deal for their services because there is no transfer fee involved. I don't buy this 'we've give him a new contract to sell him on'. Why would Gibson be interested in a deal such as this?
Andy Walker
131 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:38:48
Security Mark. He's had bad injuries, he may well think he could get a career ending injury at any time, having a longer contract protects his financial interests. For the club, a career ending injury means an insurance claim so it wouldn't lose either. Everyone wins.

I'm sure Gibson thinks he's worth at least a couple of mill if he stays fit so imdoubt hell see it as a blocker to his career. Leeds, Newcastle etc could be a good fit. He'll also get a nice cut of the transfer fee.

Andy Walker
132 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:41:10
Anthony, my whole point is that the plan is NOT to keep him but to sell him for a transfer fee thereby recouping some of the wages the club has spent over the past couple of seasons.
Alastair Donaldson
133 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:44:13
Pay as you play hopefully..at least he's not in the Irish squad, he would have been guaranteed an injury for sure.
Hope he does well, but the odds on playing more than 1/2 the games must be worth having!
Mark Frere
134 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:50:02
Andy, the season is over, he isn't going to the Euro's... so he won't be playing any football until pre-season. There's plenty of time to see what other offers are on the table from other clubs. It's obviously a mutual decision from both parties, I can't see Gibson signing a new contract without assurances that he has a future at the club.
Ian Smitham
135 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:53:32
Personally, I think h is a good but injury prone player I would not keep. But to put that aside, and it was raised as far back as 14, who did decide "well let's negotiate a new contract with ....." On what basis?

Surely a new Manager would want to have a say or determine who stays and who goes?

Then, I guess, who negotiates the deal and again, who approves it?

Just need someone to put me straight on this.

Tom Bowers
136 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:55:05
Doesn't make sense to me.
The club has a number of players who are just not good enough anymore either because of age or injury problems.
Why keep them any longer ?
They should have a clear out, Gibson, Pienaar, Osman,and dare I say Oviedo, Delboy and Niasse if they are not 100% fit to start the new season.
Talent is one thing but if they are not continually playing how can they ever have the consistency in their game to benefit the team?
Jay Harris
137 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:56:03
I agree with Martin.

The lad is only 28, is not costing bling bling money and can be an effective sub when available. He would also appear to be good around the dressing room so why let him go on a free.

He would fetch a couple of million so the contract is hardly breaking the bank is it.

Andy Walker
138 Posted 09/06/2016 at 20:58:13
Well time will tell Mark, but I can't see him as part of Koeman's plans who I doubt would have had any say in this deal, which if he didn't, says to me it's the club looking to cash in on him.

I also think Gibson has been around long enough to know that when a new manager is coming in nothing can be guaranteed. He may of course be backing himself to impress Koeman, another reason to sign as far as Gibbo is concerned perhaps.

It's all guess work on my part, but as you say I think the key is mutual benefits.

Dave Abrahams
139 Posted 09/06/2016 at 21:06:26
Gibson said he had other options to sign for other clubs, I would really love to know who these other clubs were.

He has played twelve times in the last three years, that is in any competition for Everton, four times a year on very good wages, I could have done that and I would have at least brushed up and been handy at going on messages.

Come on Mr. Moshiri start getting the whip out, I've been counting on you.

Mark Frere
140 Posted 09/06/2016 at 21:11:08
It's all guesswork on everyone's part, Andy. It's all very strange. Koeman about to be appointed and we're signing injury plagued players before he's had chance to work with them and make a decision on which players are part of his plans.
Colin Glassar
141 Posted 09/06/2016 at 21:16:46
I suppose Hibbo, Ossie and Pienaar will also get a few more years now. BK's parting gift to loyal servants?
Trevor Lynes
142 Posted 09/06/2016 at 21:25:50
I am utterly disgusted that this crock has had his contract extended. He should have been sacked over his drunken antics where he ran over cyclists then fled the scene. This guy has brought our club into disrepute IMO.

Any unfit so-called professional could do what this guy has done over the past three years... virtually nothing. He stunk the place out playing for his country a few days ago and it is mind boggling that he continues to get paid buy a club which is supposed to have ambition.

I repeat: I am disgusted!! I would rather see Osman and Pienaar kept rather than him and they are also well past their sell-by date.

Anthony Jones
143 Posted 09/06/2016 at 21:49:21
Andy, who are these mystery buyers of yours? What will they pay to take him? Will they match his salary at Everton? Will he want to leave if he gets easy money sitting on the bench with us?

If this deal makes perfect commercial sense to you don't ever go into share trading.

The deal is bizarre.

Dave Pritchard
144 Posted 09/06/2016 at 21:54:21
Gibson has something to offer when fit. Based on all evidence the probability of him being fit for more than a few games next season is very small. Therefore it is very difficult to see the logic in this deal. Those saying we can sell him for a fee later are also not using the available evidence. Nobody will pay money for someone who is highly unlikely to stay fit. Unless he is on a very small wage or only gets paid if he plays this beggars belief.
Jon Withey
145 Posted 09/06/2016 at 21:57:21
Strange one, why not make room for a kid.
Alastair Donaldson
146 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:37:00
They've kept him as the nominated driver back from a night out... watch out all you cyclists!
Andy Walker
147 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:44:07
Anthony you don't write off an asset if its it's worth something. You really think that it's unlikely we'll sell him?

Closed my buy spread bet on Genel yesterday by the way at 1.30pm. If your a trader you'll know what that means. Thanks for the advice though.

Back to football again, he would be an attractive asset to a lot of smaller EPL clubs, recently promoted ones, or Championship teams with promotion aspirations.

The alternative is that Moshiri is a naive businessman who pisses his money down the drain, or doesn't know what's going on in the club. I don't accept either.

Anthony Jones
148 Posted 09/06/2016 at 22:56:31
Thanks for your reply Andy. I am enjoying this one. Gibbo is more of a liability than an asset. He is paid a salary, but has little market value. Stones is an asset. Lukaku is an asset. And I doubt that Moshiri had an awful lot to do with this. It more likely came from Royle or Unsworth, who will be under the remit of steadying the ship.

Good luck with your spreadbetting. You'll need it.

Denis Richardson
149 Posted 09/06/2016 at 23:07:45
Well that is an unwelcome surprise.

Doubt he's been given a contract so we can sell him, every manager in the country knows his injury record. Predict he'll be spending most of the next two years where he normally does, on the treatment table (if he's not crashing into petrol stations!).

Really poor move by the club imo - waste of wages with a few kids coming through. The guys must have earnt about 6m over the last 3 years doing next to fk all. Really cannot believe we've given him another contract and two years at that!

Denis Richardson
150 Posted 09/06/2016 at 23:07:45
Well that is an unwelcome surprise.

Doubt he's been given a contract so we can sell him, every manager in the country knows his injury record. Predict he'll be spending most of the next two years where he normally does, on the treatment table (if he's not crashing into petrol stations!).

Really poor move by the club imo - waste of wages with a few kids coming through. The guys must have earnt about 6m over the last 3 years doing next to fk all. Really cannot believe we've given him another contract and two years at that!

Jamie Crowley
151 Posted 09/06/2016 at 23:09:24
Just saw this and I'm floored.

Gibbo is gold when he's healthy in my opinion. His range of passing is superlative, and he's one hell of a footballer.

But...

Some athletes are just simply injury prone. Look at USA National and Bolton ex-player Stuart Holden. Wonderful player who simply had crap knees. Same thing here - Gibbo's body for whatever reason is prone to injury. I'd never spend a lot of money on a player who simply is prone to injury.

It's a business, and the players are investments. Gibbo, as much as I like him as a player, will most likely get hurt.

I pray we didn't pay a lot for him resigning.

Ian Hollingworth
152 Posted 09/06/2016 at 23:10:36
FFS what a joke club we are.
Who has agreed this deal we have no manager.
I cannot believe this.
The bloke never stays fit so what is the point of extending his contract.
Just when I thought we might be turning the corner with some real ambition.
Absolutely gobsmacked, disappointed and massive feeling of being let down.
Only at Everton FC.
David Booth
153 Posted 09/06/2016 at 23:24:11
Completely off-topic here, but Andy/Anthony (147/148): you've been following Genel too???
Ernie Baywood
154 Posted 09/06/2016 at 00:01:44
I won't write this off as a waste of money, simply because I don't know what we're paying him. I'm assuming that the fact it's a two year deal and not just one would indicate that he has accepted pretty favourable terms (for us) in order to stay and prove himself and his fitness.

Can't believe he's still only 28. I remember commenting that he must have had a tough paper round back when he was 26 and that feels like a decade ago!

Andy Bulmer
155 Posted 10/06/2016 at 00:05:35
I know via a very close source that his wages for this contract have gone down to the region of £15k per week with the added incentive of bonus related pay/appearances etc – a hell of a lot better than the £45k he was on for the last one!

If he stays injury free, then a great asset; if not, we can sell and recoup some of the wages, so win-win for me...

Laurie Hartley
156 Posted 10/06/2016 at 00:11:04
Surely Ronald Koeman would have had a say in this.

I am not writing Gibson off just yet - I reckon he is a good footballer and he is only 28.

James Flynn
157 Posted 10/06/2016 at 00:26:48
Darren Gibson taking a ToffeeWeb thread into triple digits. Darren Gibson!!!! Whoda thought it? Darren Gibson.

Welllll, I'm going to take his signing and, more specifically, this thread as a positive indication of a near-miraculous, newly-discovered "endurance" for young Darren. We MUST keep him.

This season will display, finally, a fit Gibbo fulfilling his promise. At Everton. Unless Koeman sees it differently.

Talk about a ToffeeWeb tempest in a teapot.

Anthony Dwyer
158 Posted 10/06/2016 at 01:09:02
Stupidest signing in years .

Fucking pathetic to be blunt.

What next, Ossie, Hibo, and Pienaar?

We need to push on by moving dead wood who play 10 or leas games a season out.

Wayne McNee
159 Posted 10/06/2016 at 01:18:54
Darren Gibson is a "Nigerian 28".
Hibbert I feel would be a good character to keep in some role at the club but Pienaar, Osman, Gibson should all go. What next... McGeady on on a new 3 year. I don't find this announcement positive. Hardly a good role model either?
Anthony Dwyer
160 Posted 10/06/2016 at 01:35:49
Talk of Scott Dann, Michael Carrick and keeping Darren Gibson is typical Everton, hopefully its 90% bull shit and the big wagers for big stars talk is more accurate.
Teddy Bertin
161 Posted 10/06/2016 at 02:26:04
Strange one but considering the new manager hasn't even sat at his desk it it's clearly a business move and has nothing to do with playing football. He'll be sold in Dec for a profit after making a few decent cameos.

No way that Koeman would have any say in this.

Could have been a top premier league player, so it's a shame.

Loko Sanchez
162 Posted 10/06/2016 at 03:45:01
Players like Gibson, Piennar, and Osman suffered under Martinez. Perhaps under Koeman they will rediscover their form.

To just dismiss them after their years of service to the club is disgraceful. Fans demand loyalty from players but are quick to get rid of them after a bad year. Rubbish!

Ernie Baywood
163 Posted 10/06/2016 at 04:35:56
Maybe this is the cause of delay?

"I'll join, but don't make the Gibson contract look like it was my decision"

Paul Kelly
164 Posted 10/06/2016 at 04:58:02
The Elijah Price of Goodison, I'm assuming he'll be taking to the pitch in a GI Joe bionic suit( minus the helmet of course).

Thought he would've been shown door, oh well, let's see if he can spend more time on the pitch than the mascots next season.

Nigel Gregson
165 Posted 10/06/2016 at 06:47:52
its all the spanish clown's fault. Oh wait ...
Andy Walker
166 Posted 10/06/2016 at 06:48:55
David 153, yep! Opportunities caused by the crash in the oil price don't come around that often. Was fortunate to get in at just over a £1. Guess you're in them too? A far few other positions in the same sector since meltdown in late Jan. Still lots of potential in the long term but thought it hit a short term peak on Weds. Will get back in if it drops into the £1.20s again. Of course this is not financial advice we all need to do our own research.

I really don't get the outrage expressed by some on here for making sure Gibbo is on a contract. He must be worth £2m of anyone's money, even at £1m we'd make money. Moshiri isn't an idiot, it's his commercial judgement and I back him. Clubs are desperate to keep players that have ANY value on the transfer market, on a contract. This comes down to one simply question, does Gibbo have a value in the transfer market? I happen to think he does, unlike Osman, Hiibo or Pienaar.

Really don't think I'm taking an extreme position here, but based in the reaction of some you'd think we'd just signed Robbie Savage.

Andy Walker
167 Posted 10/06/2016 at 06:50:16
Teddy 161 another voice of reason! Well said.
Paul Tran
168 Posted 10/06/2016 at 07:03:39
On the face of it this is a strange one. I can only think of three reasons:

First, he's got a contract tied to number of appearances.

Second, there's a belief that better fitness coaches will keep him fit. Wouldn't bet on that, but he is only 28.....

Third, there's a belief that we can make a profit selling him, especially if he's on an appearance-based contract.

We're not Arkwright's corner shop any more. He's a good squad player. If the youngsters are better they'll leapfrog him.

Dave Pritchard
169 Posted 10/06/2016 at 07:10:47
I am still struggling with the idea that we will sell Gibson in January after some good cameos. I have read that he has made a dozen or so appearances in the last 3 seasons. Is this correct? Did he play at all before Christmas last year? If he did it won't have been often. Nobody signed him during the latter half of last season, even on loan, when I think he was available. I hope he is fit all of next season but on the evidence of his time with us and United he is not likely to be.
Anthony Jones
170 Posted 10/06/2016 at 08:00:03
David: Coincidentally, I am in on Genel. There is more value in them than Gibbo, that's for sure!
Dale Rose
171 Posted 10/06/2016 at 08:38:13
This one is beyond me. Good player when fit, but is certainly not up to the mark at the present. I can think of no other employment situation in the real world where somebody with his health problems would be kept on and paid a lot of money.

This is a new era for the club, and somebody has to be ruthless and get rid of the excess baggage. It's not pleasant and goes against the current ethos of the club to be like this. However, you either need to stake your claim for potential greatness or drown in a sea of mediocrity.

Darren Bailey
172 Posted 10/06/2016 at 09:08:37
Not read through all these posts but I did have to do a double take when I read he'd been given a new deal yesterday, I actually though it was a joke. Surely this summer was the perfect opportunity to have a good clear out. Howard gone, Hibbert, Gibson, Osman and Pienaar to be released and the likes of Oviedo (why was he given a new contract by OFM earlier in the season?), McGeady, McAleny, Kone and Niasse can all be moved on. That could be up to 10 departures which is a lot to lose which is maybe why he's been kept on. I think that's what 90% of the fan base was looking forward to though.
However, if I was to chose one player to keep from all those above (as a squad player) then it would be Gibson. Only he warrants any kind of inclusion in and around the first team from any of them and he has got bags of talent. No other player in the central area can pass the ball the way he does and just maybe Koeman sees him as an asset (if he had any say in it). He's 28 years old, which is a good age for a midfielder and even though he hasn't played much maybe that's because of the Martinez philosophy and reluctance to play him as he's stated he was actually fit last season.
On the flip side I'm not sure about retaining a player in a position that's bound to be strengthened with the new man in charge. This means that we have him, Besic, McCarthy and Barry still on the books with Davies looking on in that central area. I'd have liked to have seen a signing of the likes of Bazoer, Vilhenna or Wijnaldum for that position but maybe that would be unlikely now.
It's a strange one but maybe more of a business decision where we can get a fee for him next summer if he doesn't play much this season. I can't see that he'll have been given any kind of pay rise though, my guess is just an extension of his current terms. As long as the other three are released I can live with this one.
Dennis Jones
173 Posted 10/06/2016 at 09:10:49
Can understand the scepticism regarding this news, but have to presume that the club believe, on balance, that this makes financial sense. He owes the club big time, and imagine this is reflected in the arrangement. As for age, fitness, etc, the same could have been said about Petet Reid, so let's just look on the bright side of life for once. If it goes tits up, it's hardly going to come out of our own beer money.
Frank Mullin
174 Posted 10/06/2016 at 09:18:34
Congratulations on your good fortune Gibbo.
The drinks are on you I assume!
Tony Steele
176 Posted 10/06/2016 at 10:45:58
Another footballing decision that baffles me. And who's making these decisions at the moment? Is Unsworth still the caretaker?
Raymond Fox
177 Posted 10/06/2016 at 11:05:45
Darren 172, lets give Niasse a chance to show what he can do, he's not had much playing time.
Whoever scouted him must have seen him in a good light for the club to pay his transfer fee.

Agree with your point about the midfield, if we don't buy a top quality creative midfielder ( not Gibson ) we can forget any thoughts of a high finish.

Trevor Lynes
178 Posted 10/06/2016 at 11:08:23
I do not believe that ANY club in the premier league would buy Gibson.

He is not an asset, he is a liability !

Maynard Hanna
179 Posted 10/06/2016 at 11:23:38
When a friend phoned to tell me about Gibson, I laughed. I was convinced it was a joke. Unbelievable.
Kevin Dyer
180 Posted 10/06/2016 at 11:45:01
Nobody has mentioned this but Gibson qualifies as a home-grown player; I believe we need 8 senior players with that status next season. Depends on who leaves and who we sign but he is one "check" in that column. He can play, when fit.

Andy et al: there is zero chance he's been re-signed as a transfer asset. He would not have been sold at all this summer as his contract was due to run out this month. Anybody that interested in Gibson was eligible to offer him a pre-contract last January. If any of the clubs he's been talking to had offered him a better deal than us, he'd have taken it. Let's assume that he's been offered a base salary of £20k plus incentives and will play at best a handful of games between now and January. That's 500k in salary, minimum. I'd be shocked if anyone ordered more than £2m for a player who's entire career has been one long series of injuries. Why bother for, at most £1.5m? Pointless. No-one wanted him permanently last Winter, just loan offers. No commercial sense to re-sign him whatsoever.

Osman wants to continue playing so will be leaving. Hibbert should retire and I do not believe he's taken any coaching qualifications so neither will be incorporated into the backroom staff.

Darren Bailey
181 Posted 10/06/2016 at 13:23:22
Raymond #177 - I know, I know. Niasse may come good and he's not been given a chance. I think maybe a loan to a Villa or Newcastle to get some English league experience may be a better option as I don't see him getting much game time for us next season even if Rom does go as I'm sure we'll bring in a top quality replacement. The player I'm more looking forward to seeing in that position is Trashaj.
To me Gibson and Barry are blocking Davies' development. I'd have seen the back of Gibson and got Barry to mentor Davies next season. Never Barry's biggest fan but he was our best player last season and he's only got one more year left on his contract so he has to see it out really, if only for his experience. As for a creative player being brought in, I thought this would be one of the first things on the list to do.
Koeman has a habit of getting performances out of average players though, just look at Shane Long. So maybe Gibson, McCarthy and Cleverley will come good under him.
Trevor #178 - I'm with you on that, pretty sure these "offers" would have been Championship sides.
Tony J Williams
182 Posted 10/06/2016 at 15:26:15
Doesn't take much for posters to start losing the plot again, does it?

Some of the faux outrage on here is a little strange.

Let's look at this for what it is.

We will have quite a number of players either moving on or hanging up their boots this summer.

We have an International on our books who when/if fit is certainly an asset to the team.

The powers that be have decided it's a risk worth taking and kept him on.

What's the problem? Nothing to do with having no ambition, he is a squaddie and will be used as such.

As for blocking youngsters, if they are good enough, they are old enough. It won't be Darron stopping them playing, but the manager thinking that they are not ready/good enough for the first team.

I don't have a problem with him being given a few more years. Hopefully he will do a Gray/Reid type resurrection season for us and play out of his skin for 20/30+ games.

Strange reason to start claiming all doom and gloom.

Jim Lloyd
183 Posted 10/06/2016 at 15:53:40
Thought he was man of the match recently for us. Big if, I guess but with a new fitness coach, he might get back to full fitness. If so, he'll be a regular member of the squad.

If not, and he can only play in fits and starts, I guess the contract will reflect that. Who knows what'll happen with his fitness but its well worth a try. I'm sure that EFC have considered all these aspects . and spoken with Koeman, before offering a contract.

Jeff Armstrong
187 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:42:13
It's a bit of strange one really, what with Koeman not being on board just yet. It's hard to imagine that during the hardball negotiations going on with Koeman and Southampton that, during a time out, Koeman was asked if he thought Darron Gibson was worth giving another 2 years

"What do you think Ronald"? He would Deffo have heard of Gibson (ahem) but surely his appearance/injury record would not have been on big Ron's radar. I don't believe he was in an informed position to sanction a new deal, maybe the DOF model is already in place and its someone else making the first team squad decisions and a case of work with what we give you Mr Koeman, cos this is how we now do things.
Trevor Lynes
188 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:27:44
Jim... in any other industry, he would have been got rid of long ago. He is a waste of decent money IMO.
Michael Neely
189 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:06:24
I'm with Rian (#17). There's a new fitness coach coming in (have we ever had one) so let's see what he can do with Gibson. The lad has undoubted talent and his eye for a pass is undeniable, but oh that fitness issue.

Maybe, with the right regime, he can overcome his obvious physical frailties and become if not a regular starter then a regular impact substitute. I believe in recycling, let's give him a chance, it probably won't cost us a lot.

Steve Old
190 Posted 11/06/2016 at 10:19:29
End of an era for 3 good players. I'd have Osman before Gibson all day long. Can't believe they've give him another contract.
Alan J Thompson
191 Posted 11/06/2016 at 12:03:02
If he gets fit, is picked for the first game of the season and has a blinder then I shall be very wary walking past tall buildings. Chill, its not that its that bad as news can go.
Les Martin
193 Posted 11/06/2016 at 16:08:26
Would be interesting to know who is in the know at the club and decided to keep him.
I think he is better than anyone else in midfield with regards to his passing ability and at 28 still has a lot of mileage.
Gibbo may yet develope into a top player as his injury record has slowed down his career and progress thus far.
Phil Walling
194 Posted 11/06/2016 at 17:40:20
Gibson and Niasse to become star players under the new manager ? He's rumoured to be named Koeman, don't you know, not bloody Dynamo although his appointment is certainly shrouded in mystery !
Alan J Thompson
195 Posted 11/06/2016 at 17:54:16
Get off it, Phil. Dynamo, are you saying he's all washed up?
Darryl Ritchie
196 Posted 11/06/2016 at 18:12:35
Steve @ 190, Gibson's not fit, with a decent chance of getting fit. When fit, a quality squad player. Osman's old, and has no chance of getting younger. Ossie was never quick, now he's even slower; just too slow to keep up.
David Milner
197 Posted 12/06/2016 at 12:05:41
Excellent news, just what we need.

Someone to wait in the wings in case Ryan Ledson, Tom Davies, Liam Walsh, Joe Williams & Kieron Dowell are all unavailable!

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