Big Tim Cahill interview in FourFourTwo

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Hide the corner flags!
A great interview with Tim Cahill — “When I said I was leaving Everton, Phil Jagielka turned around and half-slapped me”

The Milwall, Everton and Socceroos icon answers diverse questions about his incredible journey:

How important was David Moyes to your career? As a Millwall player, did you want his West Ham team to fail?

Pete Holland, Essex

Let's not talk about West Ham... but I always want him to do well. He was a massive influence on my career. He's like a father figure to me in the football world — someone I always call on for all of the big decisions. He believed in me from day one, and I felt indebted to work for him. What he did for Everton goes beyond being a great coach: they miss his authenticity and how much he really loved the club. I always say that you've got to be careful what you wish for when you want money and change, as you lose a little bit of the authenticity. And I love him just as much for the way he took care of his players off the park.

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 20/11/2018 at 15:12:29
Great stuff from Tim.

"It wasn’t meant to be." Interesting he says that thee times

At first, I thought that strange in a fatalistic or deterministic sense, coming from someone who is very much at the centre of his journey. But, for a footballer like him, it's probably a very sensible way of dealing with disappointment — and deflecting blame!!!

Love ya, Timmy. Some great memories.

Peter Mills
2 Posted 20/11/2018 at 15:46:54
I’d like to see him back at our club one day.
Jay Wood

3 Posted 20/11/2018 at 15:52:54
Excellent read.

We could always do with 2-3 of his mentality in the team.

I didn't realise he had clocked up 50 international goals for Oz. Impressive, even if a lot were against Asia-Pacific Ocean teams.

Dick Fearon
4 Posted 21/11/2018 at 13:25:19
When Tim was in the team, there was always a chance of a goal. Definitely one of our best Premier League players.

I think Gus Hiddink deserves credit for giving him a more attacking role. David Moyes also noted how Gus used him.

Bobby Mallon
5 Posted 22/11/2018 at 21:01:48
He has always been my favourite player from the moment we signed him.
Mark Andersson
6 Posted 22/11/2018 at 22:11:54
That was a very good read... a bit vauge.

We could do with a Tim-like character now — both on and off the pitch...

Jack Convery
7 Posted 22/11/2018 at 22:57:36
Enjoy your retirement, Tim – may you live long and prosper! Lead the Aussies to A World Cup as Manager – make Moyes your No 2!!!

The heart and Soul of the team when he played for EFC and someone who wasn't scared of the RS.

Jim Bennings
8 Posted 23/11/2018 at 11:13:38
Good stuff!

I don't think we will ever see anyone with that uncanny ability to win so many headers (and actually do something with them that matters) as Tim Cahill, the timing of his leap was just surreal.

Only shame was that he never managed to win a medal in 8 years with us, he deserved one.

Ajay Gopal
9 Posted 23/11/2018 at 11:39:16
I don't know if he still plays in India for the Indian Premier League, but he did play in Bangalore – I couldn't make it. Tremendous player and great character, he should seriously consider management.

As many have noted, he was one of the best headers of the football in front of goal. Another guy who had an uncanny ability to get his head to the ball was Steve Naismith (remember his hat-trick against Chelsea?).

I believe we have a great header in Calvert-Lewin and then we saw what Richarlison can do yesterday.

Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 23/11/2018 at 16:23:54
My favorite Blue of all time next to Sheeds. So much passion, so much commitment, so many goals he shouldn't have scored but for sheer will. And they always seemed to be in the final minutes.

I doubt we'll see one quite like him again.

Aidan Wade
11 Posted 27/11/2018 at 09:42:35
Great interview – what strikes me is that in talking of all the countries he played in after leaving us, it seems to have been genuinely for the love of the game and the desire to keep going at the highest level he could maintain and be there for Australia if they needed him. I don't get the impression money comes into his decision-making at all. Not a shred of ego, just gratefulness.

Great guy, great player. An ambassador for the game and the club.

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