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SCOUT WHO FOUND COLEMAN SAYS HE CAN PLAY FOR ANYONE

first_imgSeamus Coleman is on the verge of making his 200th appearance for his beloved Everton. The Liverpool Echo spoke to the man who spotted the Killybegs man at Sligo Rovers and helped the Toffees sign one of their most important ever players.Seamus ColemanMick Doherty had only travelled to Ireland’s west coast to watch his son Sean play for Sligo Rovers.But when he saw Seamus Coleman charging down the wing from right-back, it immediately turned into a busman’s holiday. Not long after first clasped eyes on the 21-year-old, Doherty was handed a scouting job with Everton and so quickly made a phone call to David Moyes to offer his recommendation.In January 2009, the Blues paid just £60,000 to the League of Ireland side for Coleman’s services and nearly seven years on have one of the Premier League’s best full-backs at their disposal.Coleman is in line to make his 200th appearance for Everton on Saturday when leaders Leicester City visit Goodison and Doherty, now a senior scout with Chelsea, has been thrilled by the right-back’s progression.But Doherty admits there was some fortune in him spotting the talented young defender. “It happened that I was in the right place at the right time,” Doherty told the ECHO.Seamus Coleman during his early days at Everton“Sean was playing for Sligo at the time so I would go over and watch him play and spend time with him.“When I saw Seamus play I was like ‘bloody hell he’s a talent’.“He was fast, strong and had a great work ethic up and down the line.“When I got the job at Everton, I put Seamus’ name to David Moyes and his staff. “He was this young, Irish boy who was raw and there was a lot of work to do technically.“But he had great heart and spirit so I recommended him to David.”He added: “He was like a bomb down that line but he wasn’t getting tested defensively.“When he first came to Everton, David played him as a right winger and he did well. “He then began playing right-back and though the early days were sometimes sketchy for him – he would sometimes be out of position of diving in – he is one of those players that when you tell him something he is all ears.”Moyes was known for his belief in thorough scouting of players before signing them but, as Doherty explains, Coleman’s situation required the Blues to move fast.“He went off my say so,” he said.“The club would’ve liked to have taken him on trial but, in my opinion, they don’t work because often people only find what’s wrong with players.“I’m not saying that would’ve happened with Seamus but he could’ve gone and not impressed and so they could have doubted him.“But Everton decided to take him and came up with the £60,000 which was a no brainer because you would have got that money back.“Paul Cook, manager of Sligo at the time, is a friend of mine and he told me that Seamus had gone over to Burnley and Celtic but they had turned their noses up at him.“We started to show interest and other clubs began to think they had made a mistake.”They had done.Seamus would not look out of place at the championsAnd Coleman’s transformation from rough diamond, plucked out of Ireland, to an accomplished right-back now makes him one of the most in-demand players in his position.Doherty says he’s good enough to play for any side in the Premier League but delighted he’s still at Everton.“He could’ve played for Chelsea last season when they won the league and not looked out of place,” Doherty said.“He could play for any of the top teams but I am delighted he is still with Everton because Everton is in my heart and he has got the lot.“He’s never a five out of 10, he’s always at least a seven and often a nine or a 10.“I speak with Seamus regularly to see how he’s getting on and I’ll sometimes see him out in town when he’s having a meal.“He’s a real family man and must be the only Irishman I know who doesn’t drink!“He’s a top, top player and a top, top guy.”Coleman was taken aback when it was put to him that his 200th appearance was on the horizon.“I never thought that far ahead. When you say it now, it is a lot of games to have played,” he told the ECHO.“But when I first came to the club, my first aim was to just get on the bench once and see what happens.“I signed a two-year deal and just treated it as a two-year trial, I didn’t look at it like ‘I’ve made it’. I wasn’t making any crazy money and wasn’t like I was sorted for life.“I just looked at it as a long trial and thought ‘let’s see where it goes’.“But step by step, contract after contract, and game after game I’ve progressed but at the age of 27, if someone said you would have played 200 games for Everton I would not have thought that in a million years.“It was never a landmark I set myself. It was just ‘get on the bench and take it from there’.“Even now, I don’t ever think I’ve made it. You have got to keep improving.“Last season, everything was a little below par so you come back wanted to improve.“If you start thinking like you’ve made it then that’s when you start on the downward spiral.”SCOUT WHO FOUND COLEMAN SAYS HE CAN PLAY FOR ANYONE was last modified: December 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalevertonKillybegsseamus colemanlast_img

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