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Jagielka's Skipper Mission

Defender hopes he'll still be the man to replace Phil Neville.

Jagielka's Skipper Mission
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Phil Jagielka hopes he will still be the man to replace Phil Neville as Everton captain.

Outgoing manager David Moyes had already confirmed his intention to hand the role to the centre-back, 30, before his own departure was announced earlier this month.

The search for Moyes' replacement is now on - and Jagielka has his fingers crossed the new man will keep him in the role.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of England's friendly against Republic of Ireland on Wednesday, the Blues defender said: "I was made captain for next season when David Moyes was in charge.

"We will have to wait and see what happens with the new manager, but hopefully he will keep me in that role and it is something that I am looking forward to doing."

After the meeting with Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland, England will head to Brazil for a glamour game in Rio de Janerio.

And now attention has turned to the international scene, Jagielka insists he won't be distracted by his wait for news from Goodison Park.

"I will be able to put it to the back of the mind, definitely," he said."We all knew the situation. It [Moyes' departure] wasn't sprung upon us because we had a couple of games to deal with it towards the end of the season when we knew the manager was leaving.

"I thought as a team and as a club we sorted it really well and gave the manager a great send off.

"We got over it in the course of those few weeks and I am away with England now so I will look forward to these two games."

Victor TayWhoever it will be, let's have the appointment soon so the new gaffer can come in and continue the stability at the People's Club.

Tuesday 28th May 11:24 Report Comment

john sumnerBlue, great to hear your commited to the blues. No to Martinez. No thanks

Monday 27th May 21:51 Report Comment

Bill HayesGreat to hear Jags hope you do keep the arm band. Has anyone noticed you can't voice an opinion on here about the next manager, hey we're the Peoples club

Monday 27th May 18:29 Report Comment
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