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Proud Coleman On Captaining 'Great Club' Everton

Right-back vows to continue 'giving my all'.

Seamus Coleman says he is “very, very proud” to be named captain of a “great football club”.

Right-back Coleman was confirmed as Everton’s full-time skipper this weekend and wore the armband in Saturday’s scoreless draw with Crystal Palace.

The Irishman, who joined Everton in January 2009 and has played 290 games for the Club, was told of his appointment by Marco Silva in the days before his side’s visit to Selhurst Park.

Coleman deputised for previous incumbent Phil Jagielka in 22 Premier League matches last season.

And after being promoted to succeed Jagielka, Coleman vowed to remain true to all the attributes which marked him out as captaincy material in the first place.

“The manager spoke to us this week and announced the captaincy decision; it was a very proud moment for me, a reward for all the hard work over the years,” Coleman told evertontv.

“I am very, very proud to be captain of such a great football club, a massive football club.

“I am delighted. To be Everton captain is an amazing feeling.

“But without talking it down, the captaincy doesn’t change who I am or what I do.

"With or without the armband, I give my all to this football club. Whether I play well or not, I give my all.

“The armband is a nice touch but it won’t change how I go about my day-to-day business.”

Coleman was frustrated but not downbeat following Everton’s draw with Palace.

The Blues created a handful of presentable openings without being able to locate a killer touch.

When they did get past Vicente Guaita in Palace’s goal, Patrick van Aanholt cleared off the line from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The match in south London saw debuts for Jean Philippe-Gbamin and Moise Kean, both signed in the final week of this summer’s transfer window.

And Coleman acknowledged his captaincy remit includes helping new faces settle into an unfamiliar environment.

“That is the case as captain and as a player who has been here so long," said Coleman.

“Whether you have the armband or not, you have a duty to make new players feel at home.

“In the past five or six years, as I have become more comfortable, I thought it was important to make new and foreign players feel at home and happy.

“If they are happy, they will perform on the pitch.”

Everton launch their Goodison Park campaign against Watford next Saturday – returning home for the first time since Coleman finished last season by scoring and skippering the Blues to victory over Burnley.

“We always want to win and this weekend was no different," added Coleman.

“We had a few chances – although Palace had some in the second half.

“Our objective is always to win – but if you cannot do that it is important to make sure you do not lose.

“We kept a clean sheet which is a positive and enables us to move forward.

“I came to the Club a long time ago and just wanted to get in the team, so I am very proud to be captain.

“And wouldn’t it be great to win something at Everton – being captain, it would be that extra bit special.”

02:06 Sun 11 Aug 2019

Proud Coleman On Captaining 'Great Club' Everton

Seamus Coleman says he is “very, very proud” to be named captain of a “great football club”.

Right-back Coleman was confirmed as Everton’s full-time skipper this weekend and wore the armband in Saturday’s scoreless draw with Crystal Palace.

The Irishman, who joined Everton in January 2009 and has played 290 games for the Club, was told of his appointment by Marco Silva in the days before his side’s visit to Selhurst Park.

Coleman deputised for previous incumbent Phil Jagielka in 22 Premier League matches last season.

And after being promoted to succeed Jagielka, Coleman vowed to remain true to all the attributes which marked him out as captaincy material in the first place.

“The manager spoke to us this week and announced the captaincy decision; it was a very proud moment for me, a reward for all the hard work over the years,” Coleman told evertontv.

“I am very, very proud to be captain of such a great football club, a massive football club.

“I am delighted. To be Everton captain is an amazing feeling.

“But without talking it down, the captaincy doesn’t change who I am or what I do.

"With or without the armband, I give my all to this football club. Whether I play well or not, I give my all.

“The armband is a nice touch but it won’t change how I go about my day-to-day business.”

Coleman was frustrated but not downbeat following Everton’s draw with Palace.

The Blues created a handful of presentable openings without being able to locate a killer touch.

When they did get past Vicente Guaita in Palace’s goal, Patrick van Aanholt cleared off the line from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The match in south London saw debuts for Jean Philippe-Gbamin and Moise Kean, both signed in the final week of this summer’s transfer window.

And Coleman acknowledged his captaincy remit includes helping new faces settle into an unfamiliar environment.

“That is the case as captain and as a player who has been here so long," said Coleman.

“Whether you have the armband or not, you have a duty to make new players feel at home.

“In the past five or six years, as I have become more comfortable, I thought it was important to make new and foreign players feel at home and happy.

“If they are happy, they will perform on the pitch.”

Everton launch their Goodison Park campaign against Watford next Saturday – returning home for the first time since Coleman finished last season by scoring and skippering the Blues to victory over Burnley.

“We always want to win and this weekend was no different," added Coleman.

“We had a few chances – although Palace had some in the second half.

“Our objective is always to win – but if you cannot do that it is important to make sure you do not lose.

“We kept a clean sheet which is a positive and enables us to move forward.

“I came to the Club a long time ago and just wanted to get in the team, so I am very proud to be captain.

“And wouldn’t it be great to win something at Everton – being captain, it would be that extra bit special.”