The renaissance of Phil Neville continues, a week ago Everton's defender come Holding Midfielder come general Mr Nice Guy, became an overnight internet phenomenon. Following Gareth Bale's impressive embarrassment of "the World's best Right Back" Maicon, bewildered Evertonian's everywhere paid homage to Captain Nev's performance against the Welsh wonder just a week before. Twitter was awash with outlandish statements of Phil's super human abilities, granted most of these were re-workings of the Chuck Norris quips from a couple of years ago but still very funny. His cyber infamy peaked at 3rd on the trending list, taking him above Barack Obama but losing out on silver and gold to a deceased American surfer (ocean not web) and African-American's, which seems quite a broad subject?
Quite what Phil made of this is unsure, although we may get a little insight in forthcoming programme notes, but former (and hopefully future) team mate Landon Donovan Tweeted "Phil Neville is Trending?!? What is this world coming to?!?!?!?", indeed.
Twitter, Phil Neville and Landon Donovan bring me nicely on to my topic for this blog, loyalty in football. On Saturday Seamus Coleman, scored his 1st league goal for Everton ironically, but obviously as it always turns out, against the side that gave him regular game time last season, Blackpool. The young Irishman decide to contain his emotion and settle for a jog back to position with the occasional high five. One Twitter user commented "you were only on loan Seamus", which left me rather bemused. Coleman must have been ecstatic, but as a gesture of respect to those who had encouraged him in the latter part of last year, and developed him into a better player.
For a young man to have such self control is admirable, I'm pretty sure if I had just scored my first (or any) Premier League goal I would probably go a little bit mental or ideally have a memorable celebration like the Beagrie somersault, or the Ince-Giggs "can-can" or the pinnacle of goal celebrations which seem to be outdone week on week by Stjarnan FC of Iceland, if you haven't seen these yet I've attached a link, the "human toilet" and "Football Birth" are personal highlights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHpAYlas7lA
I think Coleman did the right thing, I realise his tenure with the Seasiders was short but it will still have been an important part of his career. Anyone who has read David Beckham's My Side will know his loan to Preston North End left a big impression on him as a player, as did his captain at the time, someone called David Moyes, I wonder what happened to him? If we look a little closer to home, it's surely a similar situation to that of Donovan's last Winter, he was asked this week if he'd ever join Liverpool, as the new owners are apparently interested, to which he answered, no. He "was only on loan", is there a difference, not really, just a level of respect instilled in the individual, based on morals and loyalty. When Tim Cahill scored aginst Millwall in 2006 or Phil Neville successfully converted his penalty in the FA Cup Semi Final, both showed dignity and respect towards their former employers, quite rightfully so in my opinion.
After the last few weeks Football has had it is refreshing to remember that, the majority of those who take to the pitch every Saturday, are decent, honourable men and boys who know where they have come from and where they are today.
This week we have full midweek fixture list for the 1st time since August (I haven't checked this but seems about right). A win against Bolton on Wednesday night could remarkably have us breathing down the necks of Champion League places, this is of course is dependant on not just our result. We also have the Albatross around our neck of possessing the latest Manager of the Month, which is always a kiss of death. In all seriousness though, it is well deserved and we are closer to starting the season well, only took until October this year!
A quick apology to anyone who was listening out for me on the Followtonians podcast last week, a few technical difficulties meant we couldn't go ahead. Hoping to reschedule within the next couple of weeks, so I will keep you updated.
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