I just hope he could get along with with everyone. He has strong opinions and doesn't hesitate to share them. Nev was the best goalie in the world for best part of 10 years. And that's when you had guys like Bats, Dassaeiv, Pfaff and Shilton knocking about.
I like Nev. I remember meeting him in 1990 at a friendly game at Fulham. Craven Cottage was bit a mickey mouse ground and there was this prefab unit set beside the stand for the coppers to hang out in.
I remember poking around the sides of the unit because I knew (don't ask how) the players dressing room was on the other side of the courtyard behind it.
Seeing straight through to the EFC dressing room, I could see Nev getting his gloves on, they seemed massive, he was in his vest and shorts but had not yet put his three goalie shirts on. I had the program in my hand and started calling over to him. He looked up and saw me (I was just a wee lad of 10 at the time) and walked over, gave me a grin and signed my program.
On the night I remember us drawing 2-2 with Fulham equalizing in the dying minutes with a spectacular volley.
Was any one else on here there?
It didn't take more than a couple of games with us to see that JP had plenty of natural talent but a large absence of goalkeeping intelligence. While his occasional sublime saves kept opinion on his side, the constant wasteful distribution and lack of organization of his back four have increasingly revealed what we have.
It's painful to think that we have Neville Southall in the Everton family who would be the perfect one-on-one coach for Pickford both from a mental and technical point of view.
The greatest player I've ever seen at Everton yet with the humility that JP desperately needs if he is to realise his potential.
The way forward with Jordan Pickford is called Big Nev.