Giovanni gives thumbs up to Gibson's Goodison move
DARRON Gibson kicks off his Everton career at Villa Park with words of support, encouragement and recommendation from Giovanni Trapattoni and Wayne Rooney still fresh in his mind.
The Derry midfielder ended a long and close relationship with Old Trafford for a new life with Everton after a long talk with Rooney and another Manchester United old boy, Phil Neville.
And Trapattoni was quick to weigh in with his own backing for the move, clearly delighted that one of his midfield options for Euro 2012 will be playing regular Premier League football from now until the end of the season.
"At last, at last," said Trap, who caused a major ruckus when he said that Gibson should leave Old Trafford to find football instead of living a life on the substitute's bench. "I am very happy for him because this will give him a chance to show us his performances and his fitness. He was bench, bench, bench. He has missed the rhythm of the game and he needs to find that again.
"This tournament (Euro 2012) will have three games in a short time. Okay, a young man can play one 90 minutes without condition but he will slow down in the second.
"He will be disappointed (to leave Old Trafford) but I am delighted he has made the move."
Trapattoni is on Gibson's mind too and he was happy to admit that without first-team football, his international manager could hardly invest his complete confidence in him. "I wasn't playing at United, which meant it was hard for the international manager to pick me," he said. "But once I start playing here hopefully he'll have no choice but to pick me."
Gibson revealed that he had consulted both Neville and Tim Cahill about the pros and cons of a move to Goodison, but that Rooney had been his primary source. "I was speaking to Wayne about it a bit and after that and coming to see the facilities it was an easy decision.
"He told me it was a great club and he really enjoyed his time and the people here. Having a word with him and people like Tim Cahill and Phil Neville convinced me to come.
"I have been at United since I was 15 so this is the first proper move I have had so it is very exciting," added Gibson. "I was very frustrated.
"When Scholesy (Paul Scholes) came back, the manager told me I was free to go.
"Everton had shown some interest a month before hand and the gaffer wanted me in so it went from there."