The trio will wind down their contracts, which officially expire on 30th June, and have not been offered new terms.
The move comes as a natural end to the Blues career of all three players as age and injury catch up with three stalwarts of Goodison Park. Osman and Hibbert, two members of the 1998 FA Youth Cup winning team that went on to enjoy lasting careers at Goodison Park while the likes of Francis Jeffers and Danny Cadamarteri moved on, have made over 650 appearances for Everton's senior side between them.
Persistent injury has restricted Hibbert, 35, to just eight Premier League starts in the past four seasons, however, although he got to enjoy a swansong last month with one final appearance.
Osman, also 35, has been more fortunate with injuries and had, until this past season, been a reliable option for the now-departed Roberto Martinez, making 29 appearances in 2014-15 but only 16 in all competitions in 2015-16.
Pienaar, 34, who returned to Everton in 2012 after an ill-advised and largely fruitless spell at Tottenham Hotspur, has also been plagued by niggling injuries for most of the last two years and it was expected that he, too, would be let go this summer as the Blues plan a new season under a new manager.
One of the best players Goodison has witnessed in the Premier League era, Pienaar struck up a magical partnership with Leighton Baines down the left flank that was one of the cornerstones of the team's relative success under David Moyes. In all, the South African played 229 times for Everton, scoring 24 goals.
Also leaving Everton this summer will be Brazilian fullback Felipe Mattioni and reserve goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek.
Jordan Thorniley, James Graham, Jamie Mellen, Spencer Myers and Ciaran O'Loughlin will be departing from the Finch Farm Academy.
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1 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:15:45
2 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:17:35
3 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:18:19
I suspect Osman will get another deal elsewhere in the lower premier league but the only way we'll be seeing Hibbo coming back to Goodison is in the stands as a spectator.
4 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:25:10
They'll point at Gibson and wonder but at least he's a bit younger.
5 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:25:20
6 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:25:21
7 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:27:01
8 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:27:17
Brothers in arms almost, Ossie and Hibbo have been the local link that dragged us from obscurity in the dying embers of the millenium to respectiblity through the 'noughties. True Evertonians, both limited footballers who often made up for things with sheer will power, Vert Everton that!
Remember Ossies' header against City? One of the best headed goals I've seen at Goodsion
Good luck to all the lads, NSNO
9 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:29:56
Great servants and players on their day, but they where well paid for every minute of their contract. Thanks, but we move on.
10 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:30:56
11 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:32:46
........That said, good as they were at their best I hope to soon see better players than them in team, even at their best.
12 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:34:27
13 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:36:10
Now who's going to take the "It's _____________ Fault!" mantel?
14 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:36:58
I'm very very excited about what is happening at Everton!
Things seems to be heading in the right direction, and a very positive direction at that!
15 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:48:10
16 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:49:40
Can we release Kenwright as well?
17 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:52:42
18 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:53:04
A sad day for all three I would imagine. Especially Hibbo and Ossie.
To me it's just another sign that this club is moving forward. No doubt if Bill Was still in charge, he'd have found some way of keeping them at the club.
All decent players though.
19 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:56:20
20 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:56:37
21 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:58:53
22 Posted 10/06/2016 at 17:59:11
23 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:00:28
Good luck lads in whatever you do next.
I have seen almost every game they have played in and no matter how they did on the day you always knew you were watching as big Everton fans as any of us.
24 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:04:14
Seriously though, three great servants, and two of my favourite Goodison goals were scored by two of these players. Osman v larissa, and tony hibbert's free kick against Athens. Cheers boys, good effort and good luck.
25 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:05:21
God Bless all three of you.
26 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:07:53
Thanks lads - enjoy life!
27 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:08:35
I imagine we'll see them back at Everton in one way or another in the future.
As for Pienaar, he was my favourite player for most of his first spell here, so also wish him the best.
As others have mentioned, I'm staggered that Gibbo isn't joining them.
28 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:15:50
For what its worth I reckon that Koeman is calling the shots, there is no way Gibson would have got a deal unless he approved it.
29 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:17:48
I wonder if these three will be replaced by players from the Under-21s?
30 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:18:56
I wouldn't be surprised to see Hibbo and Ossie back with us at some point as coaches for the youngsters... they'd be great examples. As for Pienaar, can't see him hanging up his boots yet... he won't want to end his career after three years of chronic injury. Maybe home to the South African league?
31 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:21:11
32 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:22:19
All 3 provided some great memories.
33 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:31:44
34 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:33:11
35 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:33:26
In many ways the foundation of the team. Sad to see them go and I think personally I would have offered Osman a one year deal.
36 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:38:04
37 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:38:15
38 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:41:25
39 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:43:17
40 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:50:26
41 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:50:51
42 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:53:03
I wouldnt mind Hibbo and Ossie helping out with coaching the kids and I am sure Peanuts will want to see out his time back home.
Thanks and good luck lads.
43 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:57:19
44 Posted 10/06/2016 at 18:59:17
Although they played through trophyless years at the club, each contributed to many happy memories in their own way.
A few holes for the new manager to fill in the squad.
Chelsea have a few they probably don't need ... an astonishing EIGHTY-TWO players retained by the pensioners. Absurd.
45 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:03:06
Osman always got a bad rap on this site. God only knows why.
Hibbert was a great tackler. Not such a good crosser.
Pienaar was a lovely intricate passer of the ball and overall link player but lacked pace which especially hindered him when tracking back.
Although it's the end of their PL career I am sad to see them go.
End of an Era.
46 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:05:03
Wish all released good luck in their futures.
47 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:06:51
48 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:10:57
Hibbo was a great right back in his day. He could really defend one-on-one as good as anyone and could also cross the ball, which is more than I can say for Coleman.
As for the other two. Pienaar, Ossie & Arteta could actually play a bit. I think it was with these players that we switched from being dogs of war/shite to something a little more sophisticated.
49 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:16:08
Sad that Ossie is not moving to the coaching side. He could teach kids how to read a game, and how to pass to your own side, which was woefully lacking last season.
Great blues, all three.
50 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:19:01
Two of them were one club men, true Evertonians, and I wish all three of them well for the future.
51 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:19:20
When the Manager is installed I feel there will be others moving too, so it going to an interesting squad come August
52 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:25:29
I remember osman seemed to be in the score sheet every reserve game and eventually got his chance.
Hibbert was defensively was superb
And my fellow Saffa Piebaar brought awesome footwork and touch to probably the best partnership this club has had in many years with Baines.
I always wanted to see Pienaar in behind the striker pulling the strings as he did for Bafana bafana and I think we missed that opportunity.
Will miss all 3! Great servants!
53 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:25:44
All three can hold their heads up as they have always given 100%.
54 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:26:49
Maybe he wants to carry on playing for a season or two in a lower League, or even for a club like Burnley, he'd still be an asset for them.
All the best to all three of them.
55 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:29:19
56 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:29:55
57 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:31:24
My comment was a reference to some players who are still with us, yet have contributed nothing and are paid silly money!
58 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:32:37
Plus Tim Howard of course. I actually kind of loved Ossie some of the time, great balls skills, played with heart but still had a laugh. Tim Cahill was/is my main man out of that bunch though. Where was I?
Oh yeah. I think Moshri caught wind of all of the "Hibbo scores, we riot" vibe and decided quickly to send him back to the carp farm. Good times. Wait, are we sure Hibbo is not on the England Euro team?
59 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:32:45
Colin #56. Jagielka?!! Really? Our (still) best defender by a country mile!!
60 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:38:20
61 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:40:36
62 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:44:56
64 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:53:27
65 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:56:19
Thanks guys and best of luck in whatever you choose to do next.
66 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:56:38
67 Posted 10/06/2016 at 19:58:28
68 Posted 10/06/2016 at 20:04:01
I will always remember that goal of Ossie's at Macclesfield, FA Cup 3rd Round, 2009. We won 1-0... We are in white:
69 Posted 10/06/2016 at 20:04:54
They should be kept at the club to develop as coaches within our youth system.
70 Posted 10/06/2016 at 20:41:34
71 Posted 10/06/2016 at 20:44:43
72 Posted 10/06/2016 at 21:01:27
Osman with pace would have been brill yet he still managed to carve out a decent career an England Cap and I'll always remember that Euro League Goal. Great servant who hopefully will get another season somewhere else.
Pienaar great player for us and South Africa. He and Baines had one of the great understandings of Everton. Badly advised when he went to Spurs. Redknapp just wanted to fuck up the link up with Baines as EFC were a threat to Spurs at the time how many times did he play for them ? If memory serves me he tried for Baines too. Pienaar always reliable in a derby never shirked a tackle ask Carragher. Good luck Steven a privilege to see you in blue shirt.
73 Posted 10/06/2016 at 21:03:24
I always thought, but never said it too loudly, that Osman was our most gifted technical player and was completely wasted out wide by Moyes. I also thought, again none too loudly, Pienaar should have always played in the middle and not out wide.
I honestly think Pienaar, Osman, and Arteta should have been our triangle of death midfield, with Arteta in the holding role.
Yes, it would have been light weight, but Jesus the technical skill would have been sublime to watch.
74 Posted 10/06/2016 at 21:08:26
Good luck to them, decent player for the Blues, but not in the same class as Pienaar who was top notch in my opinion, think he might get a deal at his former club Ajax.
75 Posted 10/06/2016 at 21:08:52
I so desperately wanted someone fouled in the box, and Hibbo to step up, take the pen, and just hammer it home.
I would have literally lost my shit.
Some things were just not meant to happen.
76 Posted 10/06/2016 at 21:18:22
Not having a go at the players but we really are a club that wastes money left, right and centre on aged players that hardly play. Why can't we do what clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea do and only offer 1 year rolling contracts to players over 32 or 33. At least it would keep them hungry to earn another contract.
Gibson is another example - still in disbelief we gave him a two year contract!
77 Posted 10/06/2016 at 21:25:27
Apart from Pienaar's move they gave many good year's loyal service. They shame the likes of mercenary Lukaku.
Now what about Kone, McGeady and Robles?
Sadly, I think we are stuck with Niasse for some time because no other club in world football will pay even half of what we did and we can't write of £13 million.
78 Posted 10/06/2016 at 22:00:58
79 Posted 10/06/2016 at 22:05:12
80 Posted 10/06/2016 at 22:16:13
81 Posted 10/06/2016 at 22:18:13
Truth is... 2 of them have stayed 2 seasons to long and the other should never have been re- signed.
They don't need our wishes, just a good accountant and a few decent investments, rich enough to retire at 35ish.
What a dream.
82 Posted 10/06/2016 at 22:21:02
Agree with the majority that it is the right decision to let them go. Ossie will get a game at a lower Premier League team or a decent Championship side. Hibbo probably retiring from playing and Pienaar also unless he can prove his fitness.
83 Posted 10/06/2016 at 22:23:56
84 Posted 10/06/2016 at 22:31:18
That's not a slur on any of the three lads, it's more a comment of the standards that have to be set if we are to achieve more in the near future than we have in the recent past. Good luck to all three but remember each of them will have pretty healthy bank-balances to ease their pain.
85 Posted 10/06/2016 at 22:36:15
I wish all three the best of luck in anything they pursue next. Having supported the Blues for 45 years, I can honestly say I keep thinking I'm dreaming because the future looks so brilliant.
86 Posted 10/06/2016 at 22:36:40
87 Posted 10/06/2016 at 22:45:58
Gibson should never have had a contract extension, he has shown himself as unprofessional and has hardly played a full game in all the time he has been with us. He and McGeady should be emptied out along with a few other nonentities.
Osman, Hibbert and Pienaar were different class compared to those wasters.
88 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:01:56
You saw Old Indestructible, Gordie Howe, passed away?
89 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:09:06
I could understand why he opted to leave the first time around, when Arteta was given a club record contract a year later and he wasn't offered a similar deal or terms. Some good flashes the 2nd time round (particularly when on loan), but sadly he never reached the peak or consistency of his first spell. I hope he gets a last payday in China or MLS where he may still have something to offer in a less demanding league.
Osman was undervalued as a player and if we had signed him rather than developed him, I'm sure he would have been appreciated. Delighted he got his England cap. Can't really see him or Hibbo playing anywhere else, but you never know they may end up with Stubbs at Rotherham. Hopefully they will be given a chance in the future to coach our youngsters in the academy. Both players gave their all for Everton over 20 years as kids and men. A quality in the modern game lacking so much.
Best of luck to the three of them.
90 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:12:16
This really does feel like a change. Unlike the start of the Martinez era.
91 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:12:55
Hibbo could defend and is a proper Blue.
Ossie, definately squeezed out just about all he could from his gifts and physique. EVERYONE who has met this guy will attest that he's immensely likeable.
'Nuts, utterly sublime and his partnership with Baines was a sheer joy in a fairly workmanlike side.
Thanks lads, whatever you do next, I sincerely hope that you enjoy every minute of it.
92 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:18:34
Obviously the local lads get a lot of deserved praise for their service, but I loved Pienaar as a player.
In a team that didn't always play great passing football he was the one prepared to be brave and hold onto the ball. I always remember us getting battered by Arsenal at Goodison after the Lescott debacle - eventually the heads went down and the effort slowed... except for Pienaar who chased and harried right across midfield. The partnership he formed with Baines was incredible and even in his later years he looked one of our better players when he came into the side. Such a smart, hard working player.
93 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:21:24
94 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:25:25
Stevie P in his prime was a joy to behold and has never been replaced in my mind on that left wing.
95 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:27:06
96 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:29:33
97 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:32:59
I'm enjoying the moment. I am not remotely concerned about the delayed unveiling of RK and I am finding it really refreshing that the press are really struggling to make stories up. Man Utd have not properly unveiled Mourinho to the worlds press and won't do until after the Euros have finished. Whats wrong with us doing that?
Make a statement next week and then simply crack on with a summer of stripping out the dead wood and bringing in the new players that we can now easily afford. I am very at peace with the whole situation. Moyes, ancient history, Martinez, best forgotten. Moving forward. Happy days...
98 Posted 10/06/2016 at 23:44:41
I'd have done Gibson too myself, and look to sell Oviedo, McGeady and Kone.
They certainly wouldn't gain us a big amount of money, but saving there wages alone would put us in a stronger position.
We've had a bit of a shake up, but a big shake up would be better.
100 Posted 10/06/2016 at 00:14:48
Best of luck & many thanks for the memories to the 3 of them. It really is an end of an era, I think I am right in saying that Hibbo was the last remaining player in the squad to have played first team football under Walter Smith, incredible! Maybe he can get the early morning talksport spot at the weekends hosting fisherman's blues now.
All three good Everton players in their own way, hopefully see them back in the future in some capacity.
102 Posted 11/06/2016 at 00:39:54
Koeman could just give his opinion on certain things down the phone line and a column gets written under his name.
Sports people also have something similar when writing autobiographies. If however I'm wrong I will eat humble pie and apologise.
103 Posted 11/06/2016 at 01:03:33
104 Posted 11/06/2016 at 01:08:25
105 Posted 11/06/2016 at 03:53:33
We took him to our hearts and he certainly loved playing for us. All the best or the future lads.
106 Posted 11/06/2016 at 03:58:07
107 Posted 11/06/2016 at 05:13:59
108 Posted 11/06/2016 at 05:27:04
109 Posted 11/06/2016 at 05:45:20
Ossie, much maligned. Guess he was an easy target for the boo boys but put everything into his performances. Sometimes not good enough, other times excellent. Goals against Man City and Larissa were a treat.
Hibby, well what can you say. Really good full back. Not many got the better of him but unfortunately the final at Wembley 2009 completely highlighted his deficiencies, namely his pace or lack thereof. But he was a great servant as they all were. Good luck boys
110 Posted 11/06/2016 at 06:29:06
As for the young players being released, I have always wondered about spending years as a teenager at an academy only to be released and not being able to leave by choice. I hope it is not as devastating an experience as I imagine it to be. I do not know enough about them but hope they go on to success either at another club or in some other occupation.
111 Posted 11/06/2016 at 06:58:58
Osman never grumbled about being out of position, scored the odd goal and offered more in half a season being fit than that useless wage thief James McCarthy has in three seasons.
112 Posted 11/06/2016 at 07:02:32
Exciting times ahead, a new team, a new era, nsno, coyb!
113 Posted 11/06/2016 at 07:10:31
114 Posted 11/06/2016 at 07:34:51
The column will be written by some hack who may, or may not, email the final version for a cursory peer review from the man himself.
Koeman is not in this country, he needs to be in this country to sign the papers but more importantly, be announced to the world at a big press conference at GP. This is the biggest managerial appointment our club has ever made in a global football context. The appointment needs to be launched at a presser that will get seen around the world, bit different to appointing Martinez. We are now a big club again in terms of money and ambition. As fans we need to reset our minds to think big and ditch the parochial tendencies we have all shown in the past.
115 Posted 11/06/2016 at 08:01:54
116 Posted 11/06/2016 at 08:26:58
117 Posted 11/06/2016 at 08:35:41
Pretty sure there would have been some referral to the new man prior to these announcements, after all he may have opted for Hibbo if Lukaku goes.
118 Posted 11/06/2016 at 08:44:32
Just another point, arteta hung up his boots this summer too. Only really tiny Tim is still going now.
Haven't a bad word to say about that generation. I just hope that Hibbert enjoys his fishing, osman decides he wants to coach and that Pienaar finds his pay day.
119 Posted 11/06/2016 at 08:56:55
I find it amazing that some people think they should stay on to coach the team like we owe them a living! They have both been very lucky individuals and now bye bye!
120 Posted 11/06/2016 at 09:05:49
121 Posted 11/06/2016 at 09:06:32
There are some proper shameful comments on this thread. Show some humility and class and stop moaning for once.
122 Posted 11/06/2016 at 09:18:11
All three were part of a team that actually played like a one, and always put in a shift despite their often-magnified limitations. I'll miss them.
At the same time, it feels part of the sea change of freshening up the squad and, I hope, elevating us to a level where we are competing for top four, rather than top-half.
123 Posted 11/06/2016 at 09:23:24
124 Posted 11/06/2016 at 09:36:42
125 Posted 11/06/2016 at 09:46:47
126 Posted 11/06/2016 at 09:58:38
Him and Leon Osman are just ordinary lads who fulfilled lifelong ambitions to play professional football for their childhood team.
The fact that they happened to be born at a time when obscene amounts of money have flooded into the game is immaterial. To suggest either of them is 'dog average' when both managed to sustain top flight status throughout their entire careers is ludicrous.
And they weren't lucky either, they were talented, and clearly managed to get the best out of themselves through plenty of hard work and dedication. The phrase that comes to my mind is 'model professionals'.
Why you, and thankfully only a handful of others, would choose to slate two players who have clocked up more than 700 games between them on the day they leave the club is beyond me.
127 Posted 11/06/2016 at 10:01:45
Let's hope this will make room for a few incoming, and guess a few more will be heading for the exit door once the new manager gets his feet under the table.
128 Posted 11/06/2016 at 10:21:30
129 Posted 11/06/2016 at 11:18:36
Sam #122 you sum it all up very nicely for me- great servants and decent players whilst never being superstars but no doubt the pillars of the club. We must move forward and clearing the decks of the over 30s like these three plus Tim is necessary. Kone and McGeady will hopefully go too ( not at the end of their contracts so to release them would mean paying up the full term) and I doubt that there will be many tears shed.
The most important question is where the hell is Ronald?????
130 Posted 11/06/2016 at 11:22:10
131 Posted 11/06/2016 at 11:31:48
Yes they were consummate professionals and had their moments but also had deficiencies that contributed to an average consistency record.
Pienaar probably had the class but second time around was always going to be a struggle
Age catches up to all of us, even I had to hang up my boots at 60.
With Tim Howard gone also, I suspect one or two others will be sold off.
We are entering a new era which we all hope will be a big step upwards with new improved blood coming in at all levels.
132 Posted 11/06/2016 at 11:46:59
Tom, that first sentence sums it up perfectly. Let's look to the future, and hopefully rejoice!
133 Posted 11/06/2016 at 11:59:13
134 Posted 11/06/2016 at 12:41:15
Hibbert was a traditional right back operating in an era that demandedattacking full backs. Not his fault, maybe the manager who picked him and tactics.
Osman. Well I'm going to put myself out to be hung but I've said it before. Possibly one of the most technically gifted but least appreciated English players of his generation. But he lived in an English football culture that demands all players must run fast, be powerful, get stuck in, track back and be Messi; all at the same time for 90 minutes every game of the season (primacy focus being on the physical attributes). Ross suffers from it now
Having spent a lot of time abroad I have often wondered how successful a player like Osman would have been had he grown up in somewhere like Germany where his talent would probably have been better appreciated and developed.
English football; that's why it's so successful on the international stage right?
135 Posted 11/06/2016 at 12:48:28
136 Posted 11/06/2016 at 12:49:40
Great players when at their best, thanks to all three, and thank you for your goals, even Hibbo's one!
137 Posted 11/06/2016 at 12:55:14
We have a new regime, new manager and owner. It looks like the level of professionalism has been raised to level not seen since Littlewoods. It's going to be an interesting summer of coming and goings.
138 Posted 11/06/2016 at 13:32:17
A r*d who seen the light and a true Blue. Thanks lads
139 Posted 11/06/2016 at 13:42:48
140 Posted 11/06/2016 at 14:08:32
141 Posted 11/06/2016 at 14:35:53
Yes I saw Gordie, at 88, passed on. The Iron Man of hockey... That dude was so gifted and so tough.
I think a hell of a lot of footballers would do really well to watch clips of that man playing his respective sport. Tough as nails. It's the one thing I can never wrap my head around - the rolling around in agony due to the slightest of touches in soccer.
Gordie Howe, even if he couldn't drop the gloves were he a footballer, would just shame the shit out of anyone pulling those shenanigans.
Had Howe played soccer, he'd have made Roy Keane look a flower. Soccer needs more of that in my opinion.
142 Posted 11/06/2016 at 14:56:37
143 Posted 11/06/2016 at 14:57:26
144 Posted 11/06/2016 at 15:03:29
That said, both clearly deserved an on pitch farewell.
145 Posted 11/06/2016 at 15:06:45
146 Posted 11/06/2016 at 15:41:05
147 Posted 11/06/2016 at 15:43:40
148 Posted 11/06/2016 at 16:08:32
149 Posted 11/06/2016 at 16:26:12
Hibbo: one of the greatest slide tacklers of all time but sadly let down by his lack of pace, stature, attacking instincts, dribbling, crossing and shooting ability. Put in some solid performances and a true servant to Everton. Loved him playing at CB for Moyes in Europe. Great days.
Osman: would have been truly worldclass if he had the body of Christiano Ronaldo. Sadly he didn't and as a result battled away in a very physical league trying to prove his quality at the team he loved. Often crucified by fans, begging for him to be dropped, he really should have gone and played in Spain, Italy or Holland, where he could have made a name for himself. Great lad and should take a lot of credit alongside Hibbo for some of the displays of real team spirit and determination under Moyes.
Good luck fellas. I know we've shouted you all down many times but we love you really.
150 Posted 11/06/2016 at 16:26:36
The problem is that, whether this is true or not, we look messy and uncontrolled. If it is true, of course, then that would be worrying.
The sooner Mr Koeman arrives the better.
151 Posted 11/06/2016 at 16:52:26
That story has only been in the Mirror so I would doubt that it is true however it does beg the question who is dealing with these matters since Martinez and his entourage were sent packing.
I cant imagine Unsy, Dunc or big Joe would allow that situation but maybe it was dealt with by Elstone.
Anyway I hope its not the last we have seen of Ossie and Hibbo who could be a big help with the kids.
152 Posted 11/06/2016 at 17:36:53
If true, not a nice way to go...
153 Posted 11/06/2016 at 17:49:13
154 Posted 11/06/2016 at 17:52:07
155 Posted 11/06/2016 at 18:22:16
Koeman hasn't even signed as manager yet, nor met the players nor taken a training session, and probably not talked to Barkley or any other Everton player or been to Goodison Park.
Odds on the Echo have not talked to Koeman either so how can they justify the headline 'Koeman to revamp Everton's attack'?
156 Posted 11/06/2016 at 19:11:49
And Ernie is absolutely right... they both deserved a proper Goodison tribute. And a proper notification and handshake.
157 Posted 11/06/2016 at 19:59:45
I would guess that the players knew full well that they were not to be retained but that there has been no ceremonial goodbye ( yet) from the club which is hardly surprising as everyone will be on holiday as is our manager elect.
That said the club has been very quiet in it's communication with us fans for pretty much 12 months now and hopefully they will address this as it must not be allowed to continue. Good communication with fans encourages the right atmosphere at the games- a look at Wales tonight shows how we should be.
158 Posted 11/06/2016 at 20:02:07
Having met Robert Elstone on a few occasions and chatted to him I must say he is a very nice and decent bloke and gets some unfair stick at times.
159 Posted 12/06/2016 at 00:55:00
The club is changing and it's what most wanted. Good business sense. Players not playing for months on 25-70000 a week are seeing out contracts. Good luck and good bye. It's not personal but business. Everton fc are entering new heights on and off the pitch.
It's not down to the CEO but higher than him. If these players agent's or themselves haven't asked the question of another contract back in January. I would be amazed if such talks didn't take place. Would anyone on here leave it to the last month to find out about employment?
160 Posted 12/06/2016 at 01:17:47
Assuming it was merely an oversight resulting from the current organizational changes, they are both owed apologies IMO.
162 Posted 12/06/2016 at 10:28:09
Thanks Ossie, Stephen and Hibbo. Good luck.
163 Posted 12/06/2016 at 17:47:53
Howard's comments when he left as well about Hibbert & Ossie, the three old cowboys as he put it, or words to that effect I think it was on the cards then.
That said I am surprised there wasn't some form of announcement at the final game of the season, unless they've taken the time since to consider whether to offer the three of them extensions similar to Gibbo and decided not to.
Best of luck to the three of them, I'd like to see Ossie & Hibbert offered a role at the club if they don't move on to play elsewhere, Pieenar I have no doubt will be off to South Africa.
164 Posted 12/06/2016 at 21:45:35
165 Posted 12/06/2016 at 21:47:12
Both play in positions where we desperately need cover and both were released by that great spotter of young talent â€“ David Moyes.
166 Posted 12/06/2016 at 21:56:33
167 Posted 12/06/2016 at 22:51:35
Hadn't thought of him as a soccer player.
Yes, I could see him shaming them. Always a gent, though.
He'd have helped them back to their feet by sticking two fingers up their nostrils and lifting.
168 Posted 13/06/2016 at 00:02:16
But why let the facts get in the way of a Moyes dig?
And Mustafi was a defender. I don't mind defenders scoring but far prefer to hear about their defending. Why is when Lawrenson is on the BBC to they tell us he scored x goals rather than made y tackles, kept z clean sheets, cleared so many off the line? So why get all excited about Mustafi scoring? Did they concede? No. That is what he is supposed to do.
169 Posted 14/06/2016 at 22:33:46
Phil explains the Dier situation above and Mustafi wouldn't be the first player to make significant improvements only after failing somewhere first.
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