Seamus Coleman has expressed his pride at Everton's response to the announcement of breakaway Super League by six rebel Premier League clubs and a half dozen other co-conspirators in Spain and Italy.
The ill-considered and amateurish launch of a 12-team, virtually closed shop league by the likes of Liverpool, the two Manchester clubs, the North London duo and Chelsea rocked the football world on Sunday evening and triggered a stunningly unified and ultimately effective reaction, particularly in England.
By last night, the venture had collapsed when the six protagonists from the Premier League withdrew but not before Everton had led the way with an impressive statement ahead of a meeting with the Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and the 14 “left-behinds” of England's top flight.
Not surprisingly, Coleman voiced his dismay at the Super League farce but also commended his club.
“It's been a very interesting week,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “I think we've seen the good and the bad of football.
“The football world united to let everyone know what we thought of the proposals. I think the feelings were unanimous amongst players, managers and fans so we got to the right conclusion in the end.
“When I saw the statement from my own football club condemning the plans, how strong they were and how they spoke from the heart, it gave me massive pride to be part of this football club. We are known as The People's Club and that showed.
“Times like this make you so proud to be part of Everton because we are about the fans — and we always have been. We all understand football is a business but that's only to a certain degree.
“Football is nothing without the fans and it never will be anything without the fans. Supporters showed owners at the top of these clubs how fans continue to be so important.
“For me, Everton means everything to me. It's a club that took a chance on me all those years ago and ever since then I've tried to repay them. It's a family club and ever so close to my heart.”
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1 Posted 21/04/2021 at 19:44:01
As for the other. Its all okay now, cuz they apologised.
2 Posted 21/04/2021 at 19:47:39
You would be made up if your daughter brought this lad into the family.
WHAT A MAN
3 Posted 21/04/2021 at 19:51:00
4 Posted 21/04/2021 at 20:49:34
5 Posted 21/04/2021 at 22:36:51
6 Posted 21/04/2021 at 23:55:10
Would love to see Everton play Sligo in Sligo in a preview to his testimonial. What a night that would be ?
7 Posted 22/04/2021 at 00:24:07
8 Posted 22/04/2021 at 01:31:44
9 Posted 22/04/2021 at 04:20:38
Thats some statement when you think about the Skippers who have lead his teams out down the years
10 Posted 22/04/2021 at 10:42:32
11 Posted 22/04/2021 at 13:15:43
12 Posted 22/04/2021 at 15:22:25
13 Posted 22/04/2021 at 17:43:45
The rats across the park have cost us legacy twice and we lay down for them.
I do love Coleman, though; he is a true Eveton fighter.
14 Posted 24/04/2021 at 17:21:42
Remember sixty grand. Remember comments like this. Remember the leg snap and recovery. Remember the way he's conducted himself every single minute while wearing the uniform.
And don't bitch. This man should be with Everton as long as his two legs work and he wants to be here. If he doesn't retire a Blue, it's a crime.
They don't make them like Seamus any longer.
15 Posted 26/04/2021 at 03:42:42
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