Jagielka will leave Everton this summer

Tuesday, 4 June, 2019 93comments  |  Jump to last
Phil Jagielka has confirmed that he will be released by the Blues this month after his contract expired, ending a 12-year association with the club.

The 36-year-old announced the news on Instragram this afternoon after he was informed by Everton that they would not be offering him a new deal.

Jagielka, who signed from Sheffield United for £4m in 2007, has played 385 times for the Blues and has been the club captain for the past few seasons while also representing England in the 2014 World Cup Finals.

It's been hard to confirm my situation for next season as that decision hadn't been fully made by the club until now. Unfortunately my journey at Everton has come to an end after 12 fantastic seasons. I have been lucky enough to play over 380 games and lucky enough to be club captain for 6 years.

All I can say is thanks to all the players I've played along side, all the staff that have helped me in their own way, the Chairman and of course the amazing fans. Wishing everyone associated with this special club the very best for the future! COYB
Instragram | @pjags06

The Manchester-born centre-half has been linked with a return to Sheffield to help the Blades in their bid to stay in the Premier League next season following their promotion from the Championship.  

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Craig Walker
1 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:18:04
Will be sad to see Jags go. He's been a great signing for us and a superb ambassador for our club. I'm glad that we aren't just offering him a contract for sentimentality reasons though.
Paul Bernard
2 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:18:17
Gutted but expected. Another player with the likes of Cahill and Arteta who I really wished could of lifted silverware with Everton.

Thank you Jags, hopefully you get to finish business at Sheffield United next season and get a great reception on your return.

Brian Williams
3 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:31:09
Good luck Jags, you deserve it.
Jim Bennings
4 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:31:26

I’m with you, another long serving player that gave his all but sadly never managed to lift a trophy.

I respect Jags as a fella, top guy and good professional and at his peak an absolutely immensely good defender, memories of the Jags/Lescott then Distin partnership will always be fondly remembered.

Feel sad that he missed out on that FA Cup Final in 2009 and a decade later that chance never came about again which serves as a reminder that this club has grossly underperformed.

Will always remember that Kop End beauty as an abiding memory and the parting gift of the winner against Arsenal in April.

Mark Rankin
5 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:31:41
£4 million what a bargain, just watched his derby goal 10 times in a row:- two centre halves gone and wages freed up, who is going to take on the mantle?
Kunal Desai
6 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:34:56
Best of luck Jags in whatever you do. Top servant at the club.
Dave Ganley
7 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:34:59
Can only echo what others have said, great servant and wish he could have held a trophy aloft. Cant forget the game winning penalty in fa cup semi against the mancs too. Goes with my best wishes
Jim Bennings
8 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:35:34
What a summer that 2007 was!

Jags, Baines, Pienaar, Yakubu!

Happy days in times when finances weren’t always running fluidly.

Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:42:53
Magnificent player, magnificent man, and what a magnificent strike that was at the Kop End.

Enjoy it again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6v4J1LbHpg

And when I made my first visit to Goodison in 2017, he scored off corners in both victories. Joyous memories.

Best wishes, Captain!

Denis Richardson
10 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:48:59
Justified decision. The guy’s going to be 37 in August and won’t (shouldn’t) be getting game time in the first team. Club should probably have told him earlier as can’t imagine they were seriously going to offer him another contract at his age.

Great servant although would have preferred a more vocal captain.

Hope he can squeeze another season out somewhere else before hanging up his boots. One of the last few Moyes era signings. (Has it really been 6 years since Moyes left??)

Kim Vivian
11 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:52:55
That really was some strike. Seems surreal however many times you watch it. (Don't bother watching the follow on clip if you can avoid it).

Good luck Jags wherever you're headed, and thanks for being a Blue. One of my favourite players.

Les Moorcroft
12 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:53:41
Thank you and next up please.
Derek Knox
13 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:56:35
Share the sentiments above, great servant to the Club but if he thinks he can still do a job, it's better he moves on as his time would be mostly on the bench if he stayed.
Dave Williams
14 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:57:25
A great player at his peak but never quite the same after his injury in 2009.
Decent human being too- I wish him every success at most likely Sheffield or Cardiff- thanks for everything Jags!
Jay Wood

15 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:57:40
Excellent player. Excellent man. He goes with my fullest thanks and very best wishes.

Is this is a sign that Silva and Brands are confident of covering the centre back position without taking up the soft option of extending Jag's contract by a year?

Tom Bowers
16 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:59:34
No doubt about it, that goal against Liverpool at Anfield and the Kop end and an equaliser, the best ever by an Everton defender.

Good luck, Jags, a true professional who rarely had a poor game,

Age catches up with all of us, sad to say.

Ian Bennett
17 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:00:24
A class act that stuck with us till the end. Could of easily gone to Arsenal a couple of years ago, but stayed with us.

Hope he gets some sort of role in the future. He seems a model pro to me.

Rob Halligan
18 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:03:13
Does anyone remember when Jags was still at Sheffield United, and he had to go in goal during a game against Arsenal? It must have been for the last 30 minutes or so, and with the blades winning 1-0 at the time, Jags played a blinder between the sticks to keep Arsenal out and the blades went on to win the game 1-0.

Great servant for Everton, and like most have said, a pity he didn't lift any silverware for us.

Jim Potter
19 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:07:57
A guy who always gave his utmost.

He was proud to wear the shirt and what he lacked in some areas he made up for in courage and commitment.

A true gent and a true Blue.

Thank you Jags - I hope you can return to us one day in a coaching or ambassador type role.

The very best of luck to a top pro.

Eddie Dunn
20 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:17:00
Thanks Jags, hope you read TW and see how fondly you are remembered by the vast majority of Evertonians. A player who put his body on the line blocking so many shots. He has been criticised for not being a grumpy Captain but he led by example and his mild-mannered style masked a tough competitor.
Kevin Prytherch
21 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:19:32
Excellent servant and, like others have said, it’s a shame he didn’t win a trophy.

On another note, does this mean a deal for Zouma is closer than we think?

Stephen Brown
22 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:19:52
Very good player for us and a loyal servant! As somebody else mentioned it’s a shame Jags, Arteta, Cahill, Baines(?), Pienaar, Osman etc never picked up a trophy during their time at the club. Even a single league cup would have made their service that much more memorable!

Specifically on Jags - a very good player but just that bit short ( literally and figuratively) to be a great!

Good luck and thanks for the service!

Mike Gaynes
23 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:20:19
Rob #18, I do remember that, and I think he saved on Van Persie to win it.

But didn't he have to go in goal for us one time as well? Or are my brain bubbles leaking a bit?

David Greenwood
24 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:21:13
Very sad to see him go.

One of my favourite players from recent years.

Terry White
25 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:24:57
Kevin (#21), I very much doubt that there is any deal for Zouma in the works to be affected by Jags leaving. It's just time for him to go after being a very good player for many seasons and leave him free to negotiate his own best deal for the remaining years of his career.
Dermot Byrne
26 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:26:52
As many have said...loyalty. And just a nice guy in an increasingly cynical game. He will have a great life after football...or maybe in it.
Neil Lawson
27 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:35:13
A true Evertonian. A great professional and a very intelligent player on and off the pitch. He epitomised the high standards that we, as devoted Evertonians, demand. A great example to others and absolutely committed to the club he, and we, love.
He is one of a number of players who have stepped up from a lower division and been outstanding. I really do wish that we would look for others like him rather than trawling foreign leagues for overrated and overpriced players who are only too keen to abandon us when one of the so called bigger teams expresses interest. Farewell Jags and thank you.
Paul Ellam
28 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:35:14
A brilliant servant to the club and should be welcomed back in any capacity any time.
Just so gutted we haven't been able to give him a trophy to lift (Baines too)
Yet another reason why the club should try much harder in the cup competitions!
Good luck in the future skipper.
Brent Stephens
29 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:37:05
A gentleman player. A good servant for the club. If I could choose a role model for my lad to follow as a footballer, Jags might be it.

Best wishes.

Steve Ferns
30 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:39:51
Sad to see him go, glad he’s gone before he overstayed his welcome and tarnished his reputation. Even this season he showed he had something to offer. In reality, he was no longer good enough 2 years ago.

He wasn’t a great servant like Kenwright says, but he was a very good player, who gave us some memories we will cherish and won’t forget and he’ll forever be remembered as a long term captain of the club who, whilst not vocal on the pitch, never let us down on or off it. His successor has a tough act to follow.

David Connor
31 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:41:50
Best of luck for the future, Jags. Always gave everything on and off the pitch. A credit to our great club. You are welcome back anytime.

One of our best and most consistent players over the last 30 years. Well done. You can be very proud. Many thanks.

Jack Convery
32 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:44:58
Wore the shirt with pride and gave his all each time he wore it. You can't ask for more from a footballer wearing the Royal Blue. His goal at Anfield will live long in the memory as will the winning penalty in FA Cup semi against MU. Good luck Jags you will always be welcomed back to Goodison or wherever we end up.
Colin Glassar
33 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:49:52
Sorry to see Jags go. Like Bainesy, he’s been a fantastic player for us. Did either of these two get a testimonial?

I hope Jags goes to Sheffield United and we see him at least one more time at Goodison to give him a proper send off.

Dean Johnson
34 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:53:47
So long jags. True blue
Gordon White
35 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:55:57
Thank you Jags. And very best wishes. You've been magnificent. I'm so pleased you've been an Everton player.
Paul Hughes
36 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:56:31
Sorry to see him go, he's been one of my favourites over the last decade or more. As has been mentioned above it was really sad to witness him 'doing his cruciate' just before 2009 Cup Final - what might have been if he'd been there to challenge Drogba.

Thanks Jags, and best of luck with your next move.

Jim Wilson
37 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:00:30
We still need him
Centre of defence is still not settled
We needed him last season and season before.
Both times he settled the team down when he came back into the side towards the end.
Baines and Jags are too valuable to let go just yet, but we will as we are not a wise club.
Martin Berry
38 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:05:52
A great servant and a credit to the club. I am sure all Evertonians will wish him and his family best wishes for the future
Dave Evans
39 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:06:59
At his peak, lightening quick... and one of the best defenders of his Premier League generation. Always gave his best.

Good luck, Jags. Expect respect and regard from future encounters with fans.

Colin Malone
40 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:08:36
Great servant. Deserves a testimonial as Baines does. Before you leave, Jags, can you take Fernando Torres out of your pocket? Thanks, Jags.
Christy Ring
41 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:11:49
A brilliant servant and leader, and outstanding ambassador for Everton, as club captain. Gutted for him, when he missed the Cup Final in 2009, could have collected silverware, if himself and Arteta had been available. Will always remember his bullet, at the Kop end, in the last minute!
Would love to see him finish his career with Sheffield Utd, in the Premiership. A true gent.
Neal Kernohan
42 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:29:22
Sad sad sad to see you go.
John Audsley
43 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:31:22
Excellent defender who was at the peak of his powers in the 2008/09 season before his cruel injury.

Not a great talker on the pitch but lead by class and example, I will miss him and hope to see him at Goodison next season if he signs with the Blades.

Kristian Boyce
44 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:32:51
Great servant for the club, and a very good defender who earned international recognition during a time when England had some very good defensive players. While he may not have been the most vocal leader on the field, he served the club fantastically off it as captain. I imagine with Sheffield coming up, I can see him playing one last season with them as a swansong.

I'm also glad he was able to play a couple of times at the end of the season as it would have been sad that his last action as an Everton player was the sending off at Wolves.

Paul Birmingham
45 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:36:29
Jags has been a credit to the club and always gave his all for EFC.

I’m sure he’ll get a club and he’ll always be welcome at Everton.

That goal against the RS, and some fantastic games against the odds over the years, and we didn’t quite get the silverware. But Jags has been immense and perhaps signals the start of a professional football management of the club by MB.

All the Very Best Jags, top player and gent and good luck.

Peter Gorman
46 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:38:05
At his peak, as good a defender as Ferdinand and Terry, though far less fashionable. Still collected a highly respectable 40 caps for England.

Good man, great player and best of luck.

oh yeah, got to mention his thumping volley at Anfield and that penalty at Wembley to put us into the final. A great servant over the years.

David Chait
47 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:42:21
Huge respect for jags! Very good player and very good leader and example to the team. Deserved silverware for his talent and effort!

To me the partnership with Lescott was the best I’ve seen for many years before and easily since.

Thanks Jags and all the best!

Drew O'Neall
48 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:48:11
Thanks gentleman Jags.

Pity the club couldn’t give him the decision in time for him to announce his departure prior to the final game of the season.

Ian Riley
49 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:51:33
A true Everton fan. A loyal servant who has given his all. Sadly no trophy to show for it.

Thank you!!!

Rob Rothwell
50 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:54:18
Sad day, great servant, as in the words of our Chairman. Unfortunately life does move on.

Deserves a testimonial, perhaps a joint one with Bainesy!

Over to you Bill.

Andy Meighan
52 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:58:16
When you think of some of the shite them twats across the park have had and walked out with medals, it makes my piss boil to think this bargain of a player never got to lift a pot. Criminal, it is. Great player, great captain, and great lad.

All the best, Jags will be warmly remembered by everyone of us. I'm sure this club is fucking cursed... when you think of Jags, Seamus, Timmy, Mikel, Bainesy, etc got to win zilch. I could weep.

Joe McMahon
53 Posted 04/06/2019 at 20:15:24
Proper pro, 12 years and he's always been proud to play for us. I wish him well in his next chapter.
David Cooper
54 Posted 04/06/2019 at 20:17:22
Steve Ferns #30. Why would you say “He wasn’t a great servant like Bill Kenwright says”?
Stan Schofield
55 Posted 04/06/2019 at 20:21:56
A gentleman footballer in the Everton spirit of Brian Labone. Thank you Jags, and good luck.
Brian Harrison
56 Posted 04/06/2019 at 20:32:15
Good player and a credit to his profession, gave 100% in every game and I am sure he will always be remembered fondly by the Goodison faithful. It was the right decision for the club and the player, could see him going back to Sheffield United, to help them with their return to the Premier league.
Jay Harris
57 Posted 04/06/2019 at 20:44:59
Top man, a classs act as a person and a player.

Loyal to the last and still has a lot to offer someone.

Thanks for everything Jags especially that goal at Anfield.

Kieran Kinsella
58 Posted 04/06/2019 at 21:02:52
Jags going is sad, but expected and make it seem as if we are making business rather than emotional decisions. However, it has also just been announced that we have given Foulds a new one year deal. That makes absolutely no sense other than another example of Everton's charity handouts. The guy is 21, nowhere near the first team. Obviously don't rate him or they would tie him down for more than 12 months. But it looks to me like another of these deals to make Unsie look good with 22 and 23 year old mediocre players winning the EPL2 because other teams are fielding physical weaker 17 and 18 year olds. Newsflash: No one cares about the EPL2. The only thing that matters is developing genuine talent for the first team. The guys who don't make it, e.g. Foulds, Sambou, Charsley etc it should be "thanks very much for your efforts lad, sorry it didn't work out here, but I have a few contacts at Oldham, Bury and Fleetwood who have offered to give you a trial."
Si Cooper
59 Posted 04/06/2019 at 21:38:07
I’m a little surprised how early this announcement has come so hopefully that means Silva and Brands are already confident that they have / will have good options for the centre of defence.
Gives Jags a deserved opportunity to plan out his future properly. Hopefully he can find a good place to enjoy the last of his playing career,
Steve Ferns
60 Posted 04/06/2019 at 21:52:57
David Cooper, I just think there’s a level of hyperbolely here. Jags was very good. Not great. He was no Dave Watson or Kevin Ratcliffe. He was well above average, very well paid, and we couldn’t really ask for more from our captain. I’ll miss him and cherish the memories but I’m not going to exaggerate and pretend he’s up there with the best of him. As to being a good man, no idea, never met the guy but he seems considered and speaks well. Same as Osman.

I don’t want to put a downer on anything, it just seems we get far too carried away with everything these days and everyone is hyped or slated to extremes. He’s a very good player and a very good captain leaving after distinguished service.

Kieran Kinsella
61 Posted 04/06/2019 at 21:58:33
Steve Ferns 60

That was the worst post in the history of posts including all the posts for Trump on Twitter, and Bill kenwright's post about the "check is in the bank."

Kenny Smith
62 Posted 04/06/2019 at 22:18:34
Sad to see him go after 12 years. Thought he might have had something to offer on the back room staff personally.
He’s got another season in him just hope he doesn’t go to someone who’s playing backs to the wall footy every weekend.
He’s been one of the most consistent players along with Baines over the last 10 years and that goal at the RS gave us something to shout about when we’ve had nothing else to shout about for a generation. Thanks Jags
Peter Warren
63 Posted 04/06/2019 at 22:39:22
Had a lot of time for Jags - saw him do a lot with kids more unfortunate than others at Finch Farm and a Goodison and seemed a real gent.

As for his playing credentials, not quite as good as Baines in my option who was an absolute Rolls Royce but sorry for the pun, like a Jag. Pity he was injured when we played final v Chelsea.

Paul Birmingham
64 Posted 04/06/2019 at 22:48:09
It’s the lament, and a good one Jags will deservedly get. I’m sure he’ll get snapped up for his experience and presence, and as a captain.

It shows, how life goes, a crap ref, descision at Wolves, effectively was the bad card.

But when called on, Jags always done his best in thin, fine, and generally very tough times for EFC.

Good luck and Jags will never be forgotten.

Kevin Prytherch
65 Posted 04/06/2019 at 22:52:29
Steve 60 - I’d say you are confusing great servants with great players. Jagielka is a great servant to the club, as are Baines, Unsworth, Osman, Hibbert, Ferguson, Sheedy etc. They’ve all served the club for years and would have run through brick walls for the club so fall into that category, I don’t think anyone is comparing Jagielka to Watson or Ratcliffe or any other great centre back.

Jagielka does however, fall into the top 100 most capped English players of all time, which Watson doesn’t - that’s food for thought on that argument, especially since he was around in the era of Terry and Ferdinand.

Kieron 58 - I doubt Foulds will ever make the first team, however I think there could be some reasoning in making the kids prove their worth ahead of him. At the start of this season Browning and Galloway were regulars in the U23’s and it was down to the likes of Gibson and Astley to prove they were good enough to play in front of them. It’s also probably better to have these kids coming into a stable successful team.

Jim Harrison
66 Posted 05/06/2019 at 01:10:20
Great signing, great pro, but the right time to call it on him as a player at Everton

The clubs should be looking to the future. Shame he won’t be involved as a coach as that’s probably the biggest thing that will be missed with his departure, his experience

Frank Wade
67 Posted 05/06/2019 at 01:11:51
A real Evertonian. Thanks Jags. A role model as someone posted above. Always gave everything he had, always spoke well, a gentleman sportsman we could be proud of. Served his clubs and country well. His stint in goal in that Arsenal match showed his selflessness for the cause, his club and his teammates. It didn't work out for him in terms of trophies, but that doesn't diminish his contribution to the club in the slightest.
Duncan McDine
69 Posted 05/06/2019 at 06:40:18
Don’t hit it, don’t hit it... yyyyyeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssss!!!!
Gotta love Jags
Terry Farrell
70 Posted 05/06/2019 at 06:52:23
Thanks Jags, fast, hard as nails and a great defender. One of my favourites for many years. Think you have a few years left and then would be a good pundit.
Eddie Dunn
71 Posted 05/06/2019 at 08:05:22
Steve Ferns- It is clear that Kenwright was saying he was a great servant, not one of the Everton greats.
He has been a great servant and given his all to the cause. 40 England caps suggest that England managers rate him higher than your good self, and that was playing for an unfashionable team like ours.
Whist I admire the likes of Labone Ratcliffe and Watson, the game now is far more difficult for a centrehalf. The offside laws have turned the job inside-out and remember the easy passback to the goalie that the likes of Hansen, Lawro, Adams et al relied on, not to mention the pedigree of foreign international players he faced every week.

Tony Abrahams
72 Posted 05/06/2019 at 08:48:20
Agree with that Eddie, he was a great servant for Everton, I also thought he was a great defender, (only Suarez really caused him trouble) but very limited with the ball at his feet.

I also think he’s played for some of the softest Everton teams I’ve ever seen, and it’s possibly why he was the captain for so long, because to many players have been on easy street at Everton for years?

Sam Hoare
73 Posted 05/06/2019 at 08:57:41
Definitely a great servant and I think a pretty great player in his prime, not world class but as others have said you don't get 40 caps for England without being near the top levels. He had pace, good reading, a decent leap and always great bravery.

A true pro and a true blue.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
74 Posted 05/06/2019 at 09:14:18
Jags was often considered the best recovery defender in the league. He was also probably one of the bravest. Total commitment and decent pace. And to think we started playing him as a midfielder back in 2007.

Still think we would have won the cup in 2009 if he had not done his knee.

Testimonial next year?

Jag and Bainsy with a match against Juve with flags everywhere saying "Remember the Heysel 37" and bill it as the UEFA Super Cup 1985-6.

Seb Niemand
75 Posted 05/06/2019 at 09:28:32
A true gentleman and a fine player - and, most importantly, those things in that order. I hope he gets one more go 'round elsewhere and I also hope that the club keeps an eye out to bringing him back in some useful capacity. Ex-players of his grace, wisdom and erudition are very rare indeed.
Terry Underwood
76 Posted 05/06/2019 at 11:47:02
I was totally chuffed when we signed him. A real bargain that ranks alongside Tim Cahill for me. Great servant and will be fondly remembered. THAT goal will be talked about on trains and in pubs, wherever blues congregate. Thanks Jags
Gordon Crawford
77 Posted 05/06/2019 at 12:03:14
He’s a class act in every sense of the word and will be sorely missed around the place. Take care pal and all the best :)
Marc Hints
78 Posted 05/06/2019 at 14:15:08
It is quite a scary thought of all the players that need to leave this summer:
Maarten Stekelenburg
Leighton Baines
Phil Jagielka
Kurt Zouma (loan finished)
Andre Gomes (loan finished)
Theo Walcott
Cenk Touson
Oumar Niasse

Then you got to try and get rid of the loaned players:
Ashley Williams
Yannick Bolaise
Kevin Mirallas
Sandro Ramirez
Cuco Martinez
Muhamed Besic
Shani Tarashaj
Nicola Vlasic

That's 16 players. I would not like to be in Brands shoes to sort this mess out. On top of that, I think we would need 5 or 6 players to come in:

Centre half
Left back (if Baines goes)
Decent right winger

Peter Cummings
80 Posted 05/06/2019 at 15:50:16
A sad day for all Evertonians, truly great servant for our club and country, hope he carries on for at least one more season with another club, always loved you mate,all the best, COYB
Derek Taylor
81 Posted 05/06/2019 at 18:10:12
Bloody hell, Marc. Next season is beginning to look like one of transition. Again !
Derek Taylor
82 Posted 05/06/2019 at 18:28:18
Meant to add that even on last season's form, Jags is a better defender than both Keane and Mina. Oh, and you can add Holgate to that duo ! Wishing the lad all the best as he rounds off his service elsewhere. Thank you, Skipper.
Denis Richardson
83 Posted 05/06/2019 at 19:41:53
Marc 78 - thats a long list but Jagielka, Williams and Stekelenburg' contracts run out in 3 weeks. So not a problem. Baines we're choosing to offer another 12 months and Gomes and Zouma were here on loan. So that leaves 10.

McCarthy, Niasse, Mirallas, Martina, Tarashaj and Garbutts contracts all run out in 12 months time, so 'only' one year left on these. You'd hope the club could shift most of these for small fees, if only to make up for part of the wages they'd be due for the coming season. Or farm them out on loan for a year to reduce the cost to us. They all have f'k all transfer value anyway and no one wants to buy them.

Remaining 4, actually 5 (Tosun needs to go). It's this 5 thats the real problem.

Tosun, Bolasie, Ramirez, Vlasic and Besic all have at least 2 years left with us. Best we can likely achieve are loans where we're still paying most of their wages. These 5 cost the club over £15m a year in wages and contribute nothing.

Sadly all the above unwanted players will cost the club about £30m in wages in the coming season if we don't manage to catch a break and sell some.

We need to really be careful on future transfers after the fiasco of the last 3-4 years. I'm not getting a comfy feeling on Mina as it is and he's got 4 years left on his £120k/year contract

Keep in mind the new players Silva and Brands have brought in are by no means cheap and are in fact some of our top earners. Digne £90k/week, Richarlison £90k/week, Bernard £120k/week. Whilst these 3 have all performed, I'm not sure we can have a whole first team earning average £100k/week! Silva and Brands need to start digging out some gems. At least Bernard didn't have a high transfer fee (but £120k/week is £6m/year!).

On a positive note...its the summer!

Jason Broome
84 Posted 06/06/2019 at 03:50:44
Sad day.

On his day one of the best defenders to have worn the shirt. His epic performance where he put Fernando Torres in his pocket and marked him out of the game, the same with Suarez. His partnerships with Distin & Lescott (for a period the best central defensive pairing in the Premiership). That off the line clearance and the amount of times he threw his body on the line.

His pace, calmness, professionalism and dogs of war attitude would have placed him ahead of Stubbs, Weir, Bilic, Dunne and Unsworth for me. Maybe even at the time a promising Materazzi (what might have been).

Kept out of the England team by two of the best English defenders of all time. Yet still managed to get 40 caps. Never failed to fight for every manager at the club and wore the shirt with pride.

Hats off to him. Keane and Mina have huge boots to fill.

Goodbye Captain.

Paul Burns
86 Posted 06/06/2019 at 12:09:13
Another great player signed by David Moyes.
Its heartbreaking how close Moyes came to putting together trophy winning teams only to be undermined by the calamitous disease that blighted the club in the shape of Bill Kenshite.
Will we ever get over his lies and mismanagement?
Steve Ferns
87 Posted 06/06/2019 at 12:39:57
Anyone catch Alan Myers interview with Moyes and Unsworth. Really, really good stuff. Worth a listen for all blues.
Tony J Williams
88 Posted 06/06/2019 at 12:40:28
Great servant and it's the old "what could have been?" in 2009.

The spine ripped out of our side with Jags, Arteta and Yukubu being injured for the final.

That goal against the Shite will be his defining moment in a Royal Blue Top, closely followed by the pen and the image of Vaughan going absolutely bonkers in the background.

Kieran Kinsella
89 Posted 06/06/2019 at 13:58:27
Eddie Dunn 71

Great point. Some of the “great” Italian defenders did little more than pass the ball back and forth to the keeper for 90 minutes when keepers could handle passes.

Steve Ferns
90 Posted 06/06/2019 at 14:11:42
Eddie, what elevates Jagielka to greatness in terms of servitude? Before Jags we had Neville, Weir and Watson as long term captains. I think Neville and weir were also very good servants. I think Watson was a great servant. Watson went above and beyond what was expected of Everton captain and set the bench mark for all that followed. Watson was captain in successful times and during some dark days. He won the league in his first season. Off the pitch he was forever working quietly with the hospitals and schools in the days before EITC.

I’m not saying Jags has been a bad servant, I just think he’s a notch short of greatness and wonder what it was that he did that everyone wants to laud him so much for when you consider his predecessors.

Kiern Moran
91 Posted 06/06/2019 at 23:10:06
Good servent for club, will be foundly remembered. Hope he has a few Indian summers (though not againts us) before he hangs up his boots and then comes back to couch.
Don Alexander
92 Posted 06/06/2019 at 23:52:15
Steve (#90), well said. Jags has done little wrong but little to justify any notion of having been a "great". And the notion of any player being "a servant" died the moment the Premier League was created in my opinion.

That's maybe a cold, heartless assessment to some but, as others have said, until we rid ourselves of the faux teary, comfy, do-gooding characteristics epitomising the longest span of time in our history without winning a trophy we simply haven't got a prayer of actually winning a trophy.

(And I hope some readers, who've had a go at me previously, give me dues for not having mentioned that tosser Kenwright by name on this occasion!)

Terry White
93 Posted 07/06/2019 at 00:54:01
Don (#92), I actually thought you were posting under the pseudonym of Paul Burns (#86). Otherwise credit where credit is due except for your unnecessary use of "tosser".
Paul Le Marinel
94 Posted 07/06/2019 at 12:59:05
Phil Jagielka has been a great servant to the club and has been one of the best signings that we ever made. He is a great professional, has played well for us over the years and should definitely get a testimonial.

All the very best to you Jags and hope you succeed with whatever you may plan to do next.

Darren Hind
95 Posted 08/06/2019 at 05:31:11
Wow Mark @78

You don't realise just how many of them there are until you see them listed like that!

Derek Taylor
96 Posted 08/06/2019 at 14:03:26
Denis at 83 trots out the wages of all our players with great authority although surely, at best these only be estimates.

I know it's not done to query the wisdom of the owner but apart from Randy Lerner at Villa I can recall no one who has chucked so much cash at so ny shite managers and players. I wonder whose advice he has taken to achieve absolutely nothing ?

Unless Brands is a magician, the agony will go on.

Denis Richardson
97 Posted 09/06/2019 at 00:44:00
Derek 96 - I obviously have copies of all player contracts so have all details to hand.

The numbers are what's been published, they may be right or not but that's the info available. Make of them what you will. Regardless, we have a lot of high-paid players who no-one wants.

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