Coleman determined to win silverware for Everton

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Seamus Coleman has vowed to keep fighting to win Everton a trophy before his time at the club comes to an end.

The Irish international says that he would love to win the FA Cup in particular and ensure that his legacy at Goodison Park surrounds more than the famous price tag with which he joined from Sligo Rovers.

Speaking to Greg O'Keeffe and Tony Scott for the All Together Now podcast, Coleman explained that while making his debut for the Toffees was an obvious high, not many occasions since can match it because he has his sights set on silverware.

"I feel like there have been highs, of course,” he said, “but I'm always looking for more. One of my highs was making my debut [in the] Tottenham game but after that none of them pop into my head because all I'm thinking about is winning something for this club, winning a trophy.

“And until the day they decide to get rid of me and the day I leave I'll forever be going for that trophy, that FA Cup — and it would be the FA Cup that I would like.

“And I'll keep saying it loud and proud and if it doesn't happen, I'll walk out the door and say I gave it my all.

“So, as for highs, I'm sure there have been plenty but if I don't leave here with a trophy, I'll be very disappointed.

"I don't want to be remembered as a player who cost 60 grand and played over 300 games for Everton and how good a right back he was; I want to be remembered for more than that.”

As well as discussing the hard graft he put in to recover from the horrific double leg break that he suffered on international duty, the 30-year-old was asked about Everton's prospects for next season and whether a top-four challenge was on the cards.

Coleman was pragmatic about where the club are in their progression from the upheaval that has followed since the departure of Roberto Martinez in 2016.

“I think it's realistic for the club [to aim for the top four] in terms of a plan but next season we've got to be realistic as well. Things are going well but at the minute Man City and Liverpool are out there on their own, then you've got your Tottenhams, your Chelseas, your Uniteds, your Arsenals…

“It's going to be hard to break into that and that's not me being negative. I could come in here and say, ‘yeah, we're going for top four next season,' which we will. I'm sure. The manager will be wanting to finish as high as we can and these past couple of months have proved that we can mix it up with the big teams.

“But top four will be tough to get next year. Obviously we'll be going for it and that has to be the plan for this club — to break into that.”


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Kieran Kinsella
1 Posted 09/05/2019 at 00:02:33
Coleman reels out this same speech at least twice every season.
Jim Bennings
2 Posted 09/05/2019 at 08:55:48
I think we been hearing this same speech by various players since about 2009 lol.

Seems like a very very long time ago now since our last proper big match (2009).

One single Cup Final in 24 years, perhaps not too difficult to see why most fans are sceptical when they hear tripe like this only to be dumped out of cups every year by mighty Millwalls or Southampton’s.

Sam Hoare
3 Posted 09/05/2019 at 09:32:39
For the first time since Martinez's debut season (and I had my doubts about him) I feel confident that we are getting nearer to silverware rather than further away.

Since my Goodison debut at the derby we have shown that we can play some very good football and match or beat almost anyone. Yes there have been blips and consistency is the key but Silva has shown us and the team itself what rewards his football is capable of giving. If Brands has as good as summer this year as he did last year (Digne, Bernard and Richarlison all indisputably good business and I think Mina will come good too) then the future is looking much rosier than the considerable mess that Koeman/Walsh left us in.

Jim Bennings
4 Posted 09/05/2019 at 09:44:37

Much will depend on what we do in the summer market, I think we have all accepted that.

The signings of Zouma and Gomes should be imperative to keeping the team as close together as possible.

The desperation for a quality striker that scores goals is also a major issue if we are to progress.

We have played some lovely football since February but let’s not forget we are still only finishing 8th and we were knocked out of both Cups at the second hurdle.

Promise is there, but it needs to be built upon and this summer more than most will tell us the real ambitions of the likes of Brands and Moshiri.

Do we want a slice of the big time or do we want to keep writing season after season off as one in transition?

At some point transition needs to move into progression.

Sam Hoare
5 Posted 09/05/2019 at 10:11:03
Jim, I would love Zouma but i'm fairly sure it won't happen, even if Chelsea had not lost their appeal he's still showed himself this year to be one of their best CBs. Gomes I care less about, he's pleasant on the eye but his end product is dubious and I think he could go either way next year. I would not be too sad if we missed out on him as there are other more athletic CMs who I think would do a job but probably for the sake of continuity he'd be worth keeping, if the price is right.

I don't expect us to be in the big time any day soon. The gulf between us and the top teams both in terms of squad quality and financial resources is still fairly overwhelming. For the next year or two I believe that 5th/6th and a good cup run is the most we can hope for barring something quite remarkable. some would see that as pessimistic but i'd call it realism. Of course I'd always hope for more.

I think we have seen progression this season. We've got more points, scored more goals and clearly play more entertaining football. If we continue that trend then it will not be long before we inevitably move up the table. The cups were disappointing and a shame that the Milwall game came at the height of our vulnerability. I expect better next year. But all in all I feel more cause for genuine Evertonian optimism than I have in quite a while.

Stan Schofield
6 Posted 09/05/2019 at 10:22:46
Seamus is a cracking player, which is far more interesting and significant than talking about the desire to win trophies. We will win trophies by having very good players, good tactics and good team spirit, not by talking about winning trophies. Everton need to walk the walk, not talk the talk.
Derek Knox
7 Posted 09/05/2019 at 10:40:55
It's great to hear all these soundbites, and from one of our more respected and loyal players, but the way both Cups were treated this season I find it hard to believe.

I'm not suggesting we would have won either of them, but it's like the lottery, it's difficult to win, but if you don't have a ticket in the first place!

Sam @5 tend to agree with regards to Gomes, as we have played 3 games without him and coped quite well, it is Zouma who will be missed. I am not totally averse to getting Gomes but if it's an auction, approaching silly money, then I think we should be looking at other options.

Giovani Lo Celso perhaps, may cost about the same or a little more but is really impressing at Real Betis and is 2 years younger that Andre Gomes

Sam Hoare
8 Posted 09/05/2019 at 10:53:55
Derek, Lo Celso would be a cracking transfer in my opinion. Similar to Gomes but younger, quicker and with more goals and assists into the bargain. In fact Lo Celso has 16 goals and 4 assists across 45 games this season.

The only question would be if he's strong enough for the PL. Gomes is tough and has already shown he can handle the English game whereas Lo Celso may take some time to adjust.

Grant Rorrison
9 Posted 09/05/2019 at 11:24:56
Hopefully we can avoid Millwall next season and move a step closer to making his dream a reality. :P
Raymond Fox
10 Posted 09/05/2019 at 11:36:30
Player interviews are pretty useless, they tell us what we want to hear in general.
Seamus is being frank in actual fact about our prospects of breaking into the top 4, the reasons he gives of why we struggle to do it is common knowledge to all of us.
We still have a great club, yes we cant quite make the jump into being on par with the usual top six but we are still the envy of many.
Plus we have real hope that the club can become stronger.
Tony Abrahams
11 Posted 09/05/2019 at 11:54:12
I honestly haven’t felt that Everton, have been near silverware, since Joe Royle left our club, but also see signs in Silva, that he could be the man to change this.

We had bad injuries for Moyes’s only cup final, and the only time I ever thought we were really good enough to go and win a cup, that manager was either to naive, or just not brave enough?

Best of the rest was the “Mantra of Moyes” and I honestly don’t think silverware was even on his agenda that often, although I did think the side that lost to Fiorentina underachieved, possibly because the manager was never under any real pressure to succeed.

Let’s see what this summer brings, is my own mantra right now, because we know we can compete with the big boys, but can we do it often enough?

Jim Bennings
12 Posted 09/05/2019 at 12:26:43
If there was a Cup for Heroic Failures then we’d have won it many times!
Jerome Shields
13 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:25:40
Unfortunately Seamus for years you where one of the few who thought that way. The only ambition was to stay in the Premiership.

To win competitions you have to have a development plan for both on and off the pitch.

For the first time in years Everton have such a plan, but have to contend with legacy of years of mismanagement.

Hope you are around to see the results. But your time is short. I would advise you to retire from International football.

Jerome Shields
14 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:25:40
Unfortunately Seamus for years you where one of the few who thought that way. The only ambition was to stay in the Premiership.

To win competitions you have to have a development plan for both on and off the pitch.

For the first time in years Everton have such a plan, but have to contend with legacy of years of mismanagement.

Hope you are around to see the results. But your time is short. I would advise you to retire from International football.

Denis Richardson
15 Posted 09/05/2019 at 22:05:59
Seamus should probably knock on the managers door and relay his wish there...

Can’t remember the last time an Everton manager took the cups seriously. Moyes 2009? Jeez that’s 10 years ago!

Ray Smith
17 Posted 10/05/2019 at 15:52:34
A couple of posts highlight the need if possible to land Zouma and Gomes.

I am now going to contradict myself from a post I made on another thread, where I said I was happy with Brand keeping his powder dry. However, it’s a bit disturbing when the media are saying that Spurs have already agreed a deal for Gomes!

I appreciate its gossip, but it wouldn’t be the first time Spurs have done this to us.

If Brands is as good as his reputation I can live with that, but the current silence is deafening.

Why is it that we never seem to make pre-contract deals to prevent a bidding war. I’m sure Barca don’t actually care who they sell too, just the highest bidder. Our recent business with them should count for something, but then again it’s business and finance that comes first.

Silly old me!!!

Tony Twist
18 Posted 10/05/2019 at 15:58:53
Yes, a trophy would be very nice and multiple premier league titles please. However talk is cheap. This team will not win silverware, the new additions will need to be something special with hearts of lions and then we could go places.
Ray Smith
19 Posted 10/05/2019 at 18:00:13
If Gomes signs for Spurs what a mercenary.

I sincerely hope it’s not true.

He’s resurrected his career with us, when others wouldn’t touch him!

I think he’s got a conscience that will dictate he stays!!

Kevin Latham
20 Posted 10/05/2019 at 19:07:33
Tony (18) couldn’t agree more about needing players with bottle. It’s great when players stroke the ball around and to be fair we’ve played some decent stuff at times this season. But we’ve also surrendered too, too many times. We need a couple of players who won’t accept mediocrity and battle when it’s called for rather than let their heads go down, that happened too often this season - players with attitude who can drag their teams up by the laces and won’t take second best. Trouble is though, not too many about - and none wearing Royal Blue.

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