The Everton – Gosling Affair Is Strange Indeed

It must be rather embarrassing for Everton FC to lose a player as good as 20 year-old Dan Gosling for nothing.

Dan Gosling – after arriving at Newcastle

And some allegations were made over the weekend by Dan’s agent, saying he didn’t think Everton really wanted to sign Dan – and that the club was tardy in their offer – and the Everton club have today responded to those recent  allegations.

An Everton official club statement read as follows:

“In the wake of a report in a Sunday newspaper in which the agent of Dan Gosling made a series of allegations, Everton Football Club has decided to take the unprecedented step of setting straight a record of recent events which has, in its opinion, been deliberately distorted.”

“In the article, Mr David Hodgson suggested that not only did this club not wish to extend Mr Gosling’s stay at Goodison Park, but that it had been deliberately tardy with regard to the formal offer of a new contract – presuming that an injury sustained by the player during the course of last season was of such a serious nature it would prevent him from signing for another club.”

“Both claims are ludicrous, totally without substance and grossly misleading.”

“The manager of Everton, David Moyes, and the chairman, Bill Kenwright, contacted Mr Hodgson in November of last year to jointly offer Dan Gosling a new contract.”

“Several subsequent conversations took place during the course of which Mr Hodgson not only indicated that the deal offered would be ‘fine’, but also reaffirmed that a ‘hand-shake agreement’ was in place dating back to when Mr Gosling joined the club as a 17-year-old in January 2008.”

Everton have some explaining to do to their fans about losing Gosling – and this case is weird to say the least.

But the bottom line and the rather selfish view of  Newcastle fans, is we got an excellent young player for nothing – and that has to be very good – at least for the Tyneside club.

Everton are a good club and they have finished 5th a number of times in the PL recently – and they will continue to be successful – but without young Gosling.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • aguero10

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Well it looks like De Guzman has joined Mallorca.

  • chuck

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Sure a chance to play hopefully in a weaker side when fit, plus a hefty pay raise = no brainer.
    And of course he just loves his new club , the fans, the badge etc. etc.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #3

    Very strange indeed Ed. Nobody knows what really goes on behind the scenes. As for Guzman obviously Hughton must have someone else in mide hopefully a certain Ben Arfa.

  • howay man

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #4

    little git, aye me mate was just having a laugh, shame, de guzman would have been a bloody good signing, never mind, ben arfa it is then, such a cruel world.

  • bill

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #5

    This sounds like a club trying to string out contract talks because the player was injured and there was a possibility of keeping him on the cheap.

    Considering who the owner of Newcastle is, I cannot believe that this is about huge amounts of money, especially, since the lad is still injured and there is no guarantee that he will fully recover.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Off topic but when is Ashley going to spend some bloody money lol. Good business up to now but i really hope we pull of a couple of good signing not loans hopefully a wide man Ben Arfa and a good striker to boot lol.

  • Adywakey

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s a strange one Ed, wander why it took them so long to come out and issue a statement over the whole affair – about 3 weeks! Lets sign Sol and look at some of the clubs that have over 25 players and need to offload – Anyone fancy another punt on Michael Johnson from Man City along with Bellamy probably get both for a combined £5 Million???

  • Mac

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed let me know if you make your way to Liverpool on your visit to the UK. I’m a Geordie in excile down here. I can point out places of interest and some great pubs

  • murvar

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #9

    “……… without young Gosling”. Presumably, Ed, if he were much older, he would be Dan Goose?

  • howay man

    Jul 27, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #10

    johnson is a great little player but he has graduated through the kieron dyer, jonathon woodgate,micheal owen and dean ashton school of injuries. hes completely knackered, shame aswell

    as for bellamy we quite simply havent a chance of getting him because of his wages,and i doubt he’d come to us again, with Tottenham sniffing around.

    vladimir weiss could be a good shout as would nedum onouha, they are two players on low wages (id imagine) that are desperate to play first team football.

  • chuck

    Jul 27, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Citeh ! wonder if we are intrested in the upcoming fire sale ?
    Appears a number of decent young players are to be forced out due to the new limitation on EPL squads.
    The recent amount`s being spent at Citeh, seem to have no limit`s and instantanious success demanded, it will no doubt see not only players but manager revolving door policies.
    The same thing that has accured at Real Madrid over the last few seasons, a demand for success at any price.
    I dont see where this can be good for the game and believe if we are to have any kind of parity, measures will have to be taken to level the playing field, perhaps a limit on the amount of total wages at each club, combined with the new 25 man roster.
    Be interesting to see who picks up the available talent at the top clubs.

  • howay man

    Jul 27, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #12


  • Thump

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #13

    @howay man: Stephen Sunday? ANOTHER central midfielder?

    No thanks. Get in Ben Arfa.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Sunny would be a real coup for Blackpool.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Sunny in Blackpool? Not when I’ve visited…

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Sunny would be a coup for us. Our midfield is shite. Do you really think Smith is gonna perform in the prem? NO! Nolan? Maybe to a certain degree.

    Guthrie, Jonasd and Routledge will probably be ok. We desperately need another central mid and winger, along with a LB, RB, CB and 1 or 2 strikers.

    We are in no position to enter the prem at this point.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Johnson is also a complete write off. Mental case, injury prone.

  • webbo

    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Mac I’m a scouse Geordie in lpool. This sort of thing has happened in the past just a shame it happened to tight ass everton haha just like your fans to say he wasn’t good enough I’d play him in place of hibbert any day haha

  • baro

    Jul 27, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Well I’m glad I’m not a Everton fan in this case. Loosing a potential star of the club for FREE! Now all we need is Hatem Ben Arfa and a class striker.

  • kikgras

    Jul 27, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #20

    total toon fan here in the states. help me out folks. I’d love to see some yank blood in the black and white…Michael Bradley performed well in the world Cup as well as Borussia in the Bundesliga. Ii think he’d be ag reat addition. they guy eats, sleeps, breathes football!!!

  • Charlietoon

    Jul 27, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Has no one at Everton seen Jerry Macguire??? Handshake agreement dont mean squat

  • G-Man

    Jul 28, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Out of all these quality Man City players available nobody has mentioned Felipe Caicedo (21) striker, i think this lad’s a bit special, lighting quick, eye for goal, international, & doesn’t get a sniff.

  • Shearer

    Jul 28, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Now like Baro said Ben arfa and a class striker and all our problems will be solved please hughton get them quick!

  • Thump

    Jul 28, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Caicedo is a smashing young player, but doesn’t have the stars around his name. I’d give my left sexy sack for him to come here for a good three years… or on a loan, for that matter!

  • Shearer

    Jul 28, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Perch—-Sol Campbell—-Colo—-Bulll
    ——————Ben Arfa—–
    ——–(class striker)———Carroll

    Fingers crossed

  • howay man

    Jul 28, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #26

    I tell you what lads I think we are almost done in this window. campbell signs in about 12 hours time, and then really we should only take notice in 3 players,

    Hatem Ben Arfa
    Vladimmir Weiss
    patrick van anholt

    im not saying we will get all 3 although we should get at least 2 of them in my opinion.
    But that is what we are going to have left to look forward to coming for the last month of the window, i cant see anyone else coming.

  • howay man

    Jul 28, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #27

    If Stephen sunny Sunday is going for cheap which he most likely is considering Blackpool are trialing him, we should give him a sneaky trial gethim up here, get him in the PSV game worth a go, He’s streets ahead of smith and hes young, nout to lose

  • Thump

    Jul 28, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #28

    @howay man: I agree. One or two more and we’re done. That said, as long as we stay up this season I’m a happy man.

  • Azrail Malaysia

    Jul 28, 2010 at 4:05 AM

    Comment #29

    After Sol Campbell confirmed signing, Iwould like to see 1 more left defence, I wide player (fast & strong) & 1 striker… We should survive this season (top 10 maybe?) if the above 3 places are added…


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