‘Hurt’ Everton veteran hits out at ‘ruthless, horrible business’

Date published: Saturday 6th August 2016 2:06

Tony Hibbert: Critical of harsh treatment

Former Everton defender Tony Hibbert has launched a scathing attack on the Toffees following his release by the club after 25 years.

The 35-year-old revealed in an interview just how he found out that he would not be with the club this season and how he did not even have the chance to say goodbye to the staff and his now former team-mates.

“I was in Formby with my dad and brother when my wife Samantha rang to say she’d been getting text messages from friends that I wasn’t being retained. It was on the website,” Hibbert told the Daily Mail.

“I was really hurt. I’d rather have been told at any point during the season there wouldn’t be a contract so I’d have a chance to plan my future and say a proper farewell. No player deserves that whether they’ve been at a club for five minutes or 25 years.”

“‘The People’s Club’, it’s no longer that. It’s a ruthless, horrible business and a lot of good people have gone.

“It’s a horrible feeling. I feel embarrassed. Everything from the club feels like a new smack in the face. My wife is even angrier at how I’ve been treated.

“I’ve not even had the chance to say cheerio.”

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