Visits to Everton have always had a bit of needle in the modern era and even without Phil Jagielka’s feeble comments, there was probably going to be an extra spark thanks to Yohan Cabaye’s ballboy/Cahill carry on last season – despite his instant apology after the match.
In case you haven’t seen it, Jagielka is waffling on about Alan Pardew’s ‘disrespectful’ comments last season about Newcastle ‘operating in a different league’ to Everton.
The trouble with footballers, like a lot of fans, is that they might read the headlines but don’t let the facts (what was actually said) get in the way of the story.
In the lead up to last season’s match at Goodison, Alan Pardew was talking about Newcastle’s position in terms of keeping hold of players, comparing United to Arsenal after they’d had to accept they couldn’t keep hold of players like Nasri and Fabregas when Manchester City and Barca came along and offered big money and a better chance of trophies.
This is what Alan Pardew actually said;
“Forget about Everton and Aston Villa, we have put ourselves in a similar position to Arsenal. The one security I have is that Mike Ashley is a difficult seller. He is not going to let someone go for £7m, he is going to want top, top money.
But if Yohan Cabaye gets a call from Manchester United and they tell him he is going to be the next Paul Scholes I am not going to be able to stop him. It is going to cost Manchester United a shedload of money but until we have Champions League football….”.
I’m guessing that most of you wouldn’t think what he said would then amount to the likes of Jagielka and others winding themselves up into a frenzy of felling so upset by that nasty Mr.Pardew.
Especially when you take into account what Alan Pardew then said after the defeat in May;
“Congratulations to Arsenal and Spurs because they deserve to finish above us. We’ve made a huge leap into that group and I hope we face the same level of expectation next season. To finish above Chelsea and Everton, and they are going to feature next season with that front two (Jelavic and Fellaini), is a tough ask but we are looking forward to it”.
Yes he’s really disrespecting the blue half of Merseyside there isn’t he, saying it is going to be ‘a tough ask’ to finish above Everton again this season, how dare he!
I wonder if Phil Jagielka will pin that up on the Everton dressing room door on Monday!