Post by Everton News. on Jan 26, 2018 21:53:15 GMT
Phil Jagielka discusses his footballing “stage name” on this week's episode of The Everton Show - watch on demand below now.
The Blues skipper has journeyed through his 18-year career with commentators, fans and even teammates frequently mispronouncing his surname - so much so, he has long been accepting of the adopted alternative.
Though born and raised in Greater Manchester, Jagielka has Polish heritage - his middle name is the Polish ‘Nikodem’ - and he revealed how people have unwittingly been getting his family name wrong ever since he broke through at Sheffield United back in May 2000.
“I have this conversation quite a lot,” he said. “‘Jagielka’ as everyone pronounces it is my name - it’s my football name.
“It’s what I’ve been used to getting called. I wouldn’t pull anyone up on it, I don’t get frustrated by it, but obviously I pronounce it properly when I have to do something to camera and you get a few surprised looks! But I’m not going to say it wrong, am I?
“In football, it’s my stage name if you like. It’s what everyone expects me to turn around to and 'Jags' wouldn’t work with the correct pronunciation!
“So 'Jags', the commentator’s way of saying ‘Jagielka’ - they’re both fine.”
Jagielka, who reveals the correct pronunciation to viewers, also talks about sampling his own taste of being a commentator at Tuesday night’s Under-23s game against Portsmouth, the welcome return to action of teammate Seamus Coleman, his sorrow for midfielder James McCarthy following his horrific injury against West Bromwich Albion last week, and life at Everton under new boss Sam Allardyce.
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With Jagielka in the studio alongside presenter Darren Griffiths, Friday’s show features an exclusive interview with Toffees favourite Adrian Heath.
The European Cup Winners' Cup winner was back at USM Finch Farm recently and told The Everton Show all about his first season with MLS club Minnesota United, before explaining why he believes the Blues are "in good hands”.
Leighton Baines gives us his Goodison Memories, Gylfi Sigurdsson talks shirt swapping with Theo Walcott in My Firsts, and there’s plenty more besides.
Don’t miss new signing Eliaquim Mangala on this week’s episode of The Everton Show - watch on demand now.
The France international, recruited on loan from Manchester City, tells us all about his move down the M62 and what his ambitions are for the next four months.
Joining presenter Darren Griffiths in the studio this week are Graeme Sharp and Ian Snodin, and we also hear from our ‘man of the moment’ Seamus Coleman.
The right-back speaks about his comeback from injury and the wonderful and moving reception he got from the Goodison Park faithful before, during and after the game against Leicester City on Wednesday night.
Also on this week’s programme, Blues boss Sam Allardyce discusses both Mangala and Coleman, Michael Keane looks ahead to the trip to Arsenal on Saturday, and we bring you the highlights from an excellent win for the Under-23s against Chelsea.