Jagielka unsure about his future

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Phil Jagielka says that he will be holding further talks with the Everton hierarchy over his future in the coming days.

The 36-year-old is out of contract this summer and while there had been suggestions that both his future and that of Leighton Baines would be decided ahead of this evening's final home game of the season against Burnley, neither player is yet certain whether or not they will be staying with the club next season.

It's possible that both players could be offered one-year extensions to their current deals to keep them at Goodison Park until the summer of 2020 but of the two, only Baines has been the subject of well-sourced press reports claiming that he has been given the option of another year.

The fact that Jagielka, who has been linked with a return to his former club, newly-promoted Sheffield United, was given a late cameo in injury time in Everton's 2-0 win over the Clarets hinted that he could be leaving the club this summer but the veteran says that nothing has been decided.

"The answer to that will probably come in the next ten days,” he told Sky Sports. “I hope not, but obviously there is a possibility it could be. Time will tell and if not I will plod on and go and find somewhere else to go and play football.

"I look back and there has been some great moments. Hopefully there are some to continue but if there aren't then I can't complain.

"I have come to a fantastic club; they have been great with me. If it is the farewell game at home, so be it. I'll continue to play football for as long as I can."

Jagielka was signed by David Moyes from the Blades 12 years ago for just £4m and in the interim became the Blues' long-standing club captain and made over 380 appearances in all competitions.


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Jakub Kollar
1 Posted 04/05/2019 at 08:12:18
A feeling of sadness overwhelmed me when I was watching Jags playing his (probably) last minutes for us yesterday.
Jim Bennings
2 Posted 04/05/2019 at 08:23:21
If this was Jags last ever game for us then he got a spine tingling ovation.

A defender that at his peak was simply fantastic, developing rock solid partnerships with first Lescott and then Distin.

Great shame that he missed out on the 2009 FA Cup Final but nothing takes away from what was a fine Everton career.

Derek Knox
3 Posted 04/05/2019 at 08:24:53
Jakub, while I understand your feelings, surely that applies to any player, who was worth his salt, who appears to have played his last game for us.

Agreed the longevity of Jagielka's stay with us, plus the Club and Team Captaincy, and reflection of a few memorable performances, makes it even more sad.

However there comes a time to put sentimentality to one side and be realistic, I think I would prefer to see a member of the U-23's taking his slot on the bench or in reserve, because they are the future.

Let's face it at 3rd or 4th choice, how many appearances are they likely to make? In Jag's case he was always one on of the quickest players, but I have noticed recently that he struggles to do what he did, and it can and has resulted in mis-timed tackles, first game of the season being case and point.

I salute what he has done for Everton over the years, and maybe he has got a year or two left in him, but not in the Premier League I'm afraid to say. Some suggesting he may go back to Sheffield United (his original Club) but I think the same applies should that happen.

Jakub Kollar
4 Posted 04/05/2019 at 08:29:35
Derek, you are completely right. I am just one of those nostalgic fans who would like to see Jags on the bench at least in a coaching role.
Derek Knox
5 Posted 04/05/2019 at 08:53:37
Jakub, a coaching role yes, but then again I couldn't see Silva, who has his own coaching team (which does seem quite large) adding to that, but then again I may be wrong.

There is no doubting Jags' experience both at Club and Country level could be invaluable behind the scenes!

James Stewart
6 Posted 04/05/2019 at 12:08:41
The club have again not covered themselves in glory in situations like this.

The decent thing to do would have been to let it be known Jags would be moving on and then focus on all attention on his send off.

Instead it's this, will he won't he saga again, which benefits no one.

Poor show all round.

Frank Crewe
7 Posted 04/05/2019 at 12:32:28
We can't keep giving old players coaching jobs. We already have Unsworth and Ferguson. Baines will be retiring in a year or so. Should he be a coach as well? What about Coleman? He turns 31 in October.

It's always a shame when long-serving players come to the end of their careers but it's not like those players are left poverty stricken. I'm sure Jags is probably a millionaire so I doubt he'll be short of a few bob in the coming years.

At the end of the day, Everton is a football club – not a retirement home. Jags is a grown man. Not to mention he's only 36. Outside of football he's still a young man. How about coaching at another club, or managing? It's up to him to decide what he plans on doing after he hangs up his boots, not Everton's. Besides, unless there was a proper opening for him, I doubt he would accept a made-up job just for sentimentality's sake.

Don Alexander
8 Posted 04/05/2019 at 12:51:37
Frank, Jags has a net wealth of several £million so unless he's a total numpty (and he isn't of course) he'll never go bankrupt, but hopefully the current regime have given up on signing bankrupt apprentice ex-player coaches whose chief aim is to maintain their own comfy lifestyle.
John Raftery
9 Posted 04/05/2019 at 17:21:51
Has he done his coaching badges? His comments suggest he wants to carry on playing.
Frank Crewe
10 Posted 04/05/2019 at 17:30:49
@ Don 8
"unless he's a total numpty (and he isn't of course) he'll never go bankrupt"

Merson did. But he was, and still is, a total numpty.

Kieran Kinsella
11 Posted 04/05/2019 at 17:37:45
I feel like it would have been better to sort this out six months ago. If he is leaving, announce it, set up a testimonial and send him on his way. It feels a lot like the Osman/Hibbert saga where they woke up one morning and saw their names on the released list on Ceefax. I can't see (other than Zouma transfer?) what Everton will learn in the next 3 weeks that will swing a new deal one way or the other. The guy has been here for 12 years so they know what he can and can't do.
Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 04/05/2019 at 17:45:42
Frank 7

I agree, coaching is a different skill. It's like "Right warehouse bloke from Are You Being Served?, now that you've decided to retire you can take Mrs Slocomb's job in the ladies underwear."

Kevin Prytherch
13 Posted 04/05/2019 at 17:55:21
I highly doubt it’s the club deciding on Jagielka as a player, more like the club putting the feelers out to see if we are going to get any new defenders in.

There’s no point offering a new contract now if he will end up 6th choice.

Similarly, there’s no point not considering a new contract if it looks like he’ll be 4th choi

Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 04/05/2019 at 18:01:03

My thought is though that Jags if he stays will be competing with the kids. Right now we have Mina and Keane. Seemingly we want Zouma. If we don't get him, I don't see Jags filling that role, we will be after someone else who is younger and first team ready. So really, it is a case of the back ups, who we keep. We have Holgate, Pennington, Jags, Feeney, Gibson. We ought to have a pretty good idea now as to who among that group would be a suitable 4th and 5th choice member of the squad. If we don't rate Pennington, and suspect Gibson isn't ready then maybe we keep Jags for a year, loan out Gibson, and then we also have Holgate along with Mina, Keane and Zouma (or equivalent). But I would think we would know what we want at this point unless the club think none of Holgate, Penn, Gibson and Feeney are good enough in which case maybe they feel it is Jags or some free transfer veteran as a filler.

Mike Gaynes
15 Posted 04/05/2019 at 18:07:22
Kevin, I think it's both. I really believe the club hasn't made the decision yet on Jags, or they would have gone the more sentimental route yesterday. Assuming Zouma goes back to Chelsea (which I do, since they're currently transfer-banned and desperate), Silva has to make some quick decisions on Holgate and Feeney before deciding whether to keep Jags. He's the least-expensive and most reliable choice if we need to make one.

Kieran, Pennington is currently out of the picture. He blew out his ankle at the end of what was, by all accounts, an outstanding season at Ipswich. There is no timetable for his return from surgery.

Paul Tran
16 Posted 04/05/2019 at 18:41:04
Good player, good pro, good servant. If we want a younger team, I think this will be his last season with us.

If so, he'll find another club and serve it well. And I'll wish him every success.

Andy Meighan
17 Posted 04/05/2019 at 20:20:45
Pennington: Outstanding season at Ipswich... Relegated to the third tier of English football. Very very lucky boy to be playing football at any level, let alone the Premier League. An ordinary player and I sincerely hope we don't see him back at Goodison. I really despair what some of our fans see in some players.
Jerome Shields
18 Posted 04/05/2019 at 23:04:18
Brands and Silva will want a reduced squad with a lower age profile. Jags is calling on Kenwright & Co to put the pressure on.
Phil Smith
19 Posted 05/05/2019 at 00:19:21
Little cameo at the end of our last home game = the big adios. Great servant but time to move on. Baines too for me. Best young squad in the country. Time to let some step up, starting at Spurs next weekend.
Alan J Thompson
20 Posted 05/05/2019 at 05:32:40
Frank(#8&10); Lucas Neil also went bust losing something like 26M on American real estate but to solve this problem perhaps EitC should start an over 35s league along the lines of Rugby's Golden Oldies although with today's five a side tackling rules there wouldn't need to be too many rule changes for age.

My team would be; Stekelenburg, no he hasn't retired yet, Baines, no him too, Unsworth, no overweight apparently, Jagielka, he does want to keep playing, Dunc's in the Medic's room claiming his spot on the table as we speak, Ebbrell, Colin Harvey (Capt) has been seen at the match, Big Joe, only recently retired, Sheeds flying in from Saudi, Reidy knees and all, Big Nev... this is fun, eh.

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