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Irvine looks to tempt Hibbert to WBA

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New West Bromwich Albion boss, Alan Irvine, sees a role a for veteran defender Tony Hibbert at the Hawthorns according to the Daily Mail, while the Daily Star claim the former Blues' Academy Director is also after Jack Rodwell.

Hibbert's contract at Everton is up this summer but Roberto Martinez sees him as an important member of the squad and possibly envisages a coaching role of him.

Hibbert is expected to be offered a new deal by the Blues but Irvine could offer a new challenge to the one-club man as he takes over the WBA hot-seat following the departure of Pepe Mel.

He has already brought in former Blue Joleon Lescott on a free transfer from Manchester City and is eyeing more experienced personnel if this report is correct.

Original Source: Daily Mail  

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Christopher Kelly
371 Posted 22/06/2014 at 01:16:32
I blame Hibbert....

Seriously, I’d hate to see him go but would cheer on this good man and loyal servant! I think he should go and play if that’s what he wants. If not, I’m happy to keep him on as a player/coach.

James Flynn
374 Posted 22/06/2014 at 01:15:26
Can see Irvine wanting him. Cannot see him leaving for a lesser club.

If he’s recovered from his injury, he’ll get some game time next season.

Paul Ferry
375 Posted 22/06/2014 at 01:40:10
I’ll be so pissed off he goes and scores.
Matt Traynor
384 Posted 22/06/2014 at 07:08:07
May be my memory is playing tricks on me, did Hibbo get much game time last season? I seem to recall watching some of the pre-season games, when we were "bedding in" to the new style, and he was actually trying to play the ball, and wasn’t as bad at it as I expected he’d be.

If he decides to go then I’ll wish him all the best. One of the true quiet men of the game, and with his Carp Farm investment in France, has already planned for a life away from the game – no punditry or coaching licenses for him.

Quick question: my earliest memory of Hibbo was at a game at the Boleyn. He started, and I’d never heard of him. A colleague (actually a Hammer) took a spare ticket off me, and mentioned he looked in his early 30s in the warm up! I think he was "tackled" by Stuart Pearce, resulting in a red card for Pearce, a penalty for us scored by Unsworth (??) and an eventual 2-0 win. Anyone confirm this??

Oh and he’s still a dead ringer for Vladimir Putin.

Ajay Gopal
385 Posted 22/06/2014 at 07:14:30
To be honest, I don’t see Hibbert as the coaching types – too quiet, I think... but who knows, he could be a tiger in the dressing room!
Ben Cliff
387 Posted 22/06/2014 at 07:55:57
See ya Tony! Great guy but has never been near the standard for Everton Football Club!
Phil Sammon
389 Posted 22/06/2014 at 08:31:20
Hibbo could be useful in our European campaign so I wouldn’t like to see him go.

If he wants to play week-in & week-out, then I wouldn’t begrudge him a move. It’s just one more player we’d have to replace though.

Aidy Dews
392 Posted 22/06/2014 at 09:00:11
First Lescott, then talk of moves for Rodwell and now Hibbo! Irvine’s trying to put together our old team of 2008! Haha, he’ll be after AJ & Yak to spear head his attack next....

I can’t see there being anything in this Hibbert talk but I can see Hibbo being offered a player/coach role and then he’ll just go into coaching as he’s been struggling for fitness this past season.

I wonder if Hibbert will get put forward for the U-21s role with Stubbsy & Unsworth going north of the border?!

James Marshall
404 Posted 22/06/2014 at 10:17:30
From a purely selfish point of view, I’d prefer him to stay and be a one-club-man and eventually honourary life-long club president, with his own box and perhaps some sort of ornate throne in the middle of the Gwladys Street.

Dave Williams
407 Posted 22/06/2014 at 10:22:49
Matt – brilliant spot – isn’t he just!

I would be happy whatever he decides to do. Great club man and deserves the best for himself. Useful squad member still but we need to be blooding the likes of Browning this season.

As Paul Ferry says above, it would be typical if he left and then scored against us. I suspect that would raise the biggest cheer of the day, regardless.

Good luck, Tony!

Bill Griffiths
413 Posted 22/06/2014 at 11:05:50
Well said, James.
Colin Glassar
415 Posted 22/06/2014 at 11:14:00
With a crown on his head, James? King Hibbo I sounds good.
John Crook
416 Posted 22/06/2014 at 11:14:19
This must be the first time ever that Hibbo has even been linked with another club? A rare double that player of his age has never scored and has never been linked with anyone.
Tamhas Woods
424 Posted 22/06/2014 at 11:53:53
He will score after 5 minutes against Sunderland on Day One and the media will blame Everton for not giving him enough chances and holding back his England career.
Derek Knox
426 Posted 22/06/2014 at 11:57:22
Paul Ferry # 375

Even more so if it was against us!

Realistically though, he got very little game time last season, although he was well acquainted with the bench on several occasions. I can’t see that changing this coming season, but also can’t really see him uprooting to the Baggies at this stage of his career either.

Dick Brady
434 Posted 22/06/2014 at 14:01:56
Don’t let this lad go. He’s been a loyal servant and a decent player over his career and I’m proud that he’s a one-club player. If Stubbs and Unsworth are leaving tomorrow for Hibs I say we offer Hibbert a coaching role.

Maybe Hibbert could replace Unsworth as assistant coach (while continuing to play for one further season) of the reserves with a more experienced man taking over from Stubbs as the main coach.

A David Weir/Tony Hibbert dream team maybe?

Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
445 Posted 22/06/2014 at 15:50:24

That West Ham game was indeed his debut, back in 2001.

And our Match Report includes this:

The breakthrough, however, came on the stroke of half-time, thanks to a moment of madness from veteran defender Stuart Pearce who was booked for a foul Ferguson before scything down Hibbert in the area barely a minute later, handing Everton a penalty and earning him a red card from referee Andy D’Urso.

Great memory!

Paul Andrews
454 Posted 22/06/2014 at 16:55:34

Very charitable, Peter.

As always, the player can only give his best, 100% every time he plays. Which Tony does every time.

Paul Ferry
459 Posted 22/06/2014 at 18:28:09
Little surprised that nobody has mentioned the immoral lunar landscape stalked by ex-EFC Judas Iscariot's who swoop on past stomping grounds like vultures wrapping their talons around helpless blues.

Manchester United's former manager began this soul-selling and now he is joined by evil Irvine pouncing not on someone who doesn't matter like Jag-hoof-howler but fisherman and England under-21 international Anthony James Hibbert.

What next? Alan - 'hey wayne sorted... hey LB got a minute' - Stubbs swooping from his Easter Road perch to grab poor unsuspecting Shane Duffy? Where will it all end: Hibs for Hibbo or Hibbo for Hibs?

Gaute Lie
461 Posted 22/06/2014 at 18:43:41
As a defender he is top class. He's tackling is excellent, he hardly ever gets cards. He's quite pacey too, and hardly ever make big mistakes.

His weakness is the offensive play. He runs and dependes on his crossing only.And of course lacking an eye for goal.

He's been a good and lojal payer for Everton. Wish him all the best if he leaves.

Richard Lyons
476 Posted 22/06/2014 at 21:37:25
Gaute, he gets a red card if Gerrard instructs the referee to send him off...
Gaute Lie
585 Posted 23/06/2014 at 17:11:46


I had a good time watching Gerrard's face on the pitch when he realized the team he's captaining is out of the contest in Brazil. Never liked the guy.

Sorry for you guys following your national team, though, and for Baines, Jagielka and Barkley. But the most important for me is Everton. Don't care much about my Norwegian national team, as they play badly and just aren't good enough for a competition like the World Cup.

Charles Brewer
722 Posted 24/06/2014 at 18:08:19
But do the Baggies understand that they will have to riot if Hibbert scores? It is an awesome responsibility.

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