Hibbert has been on Everton's books for 25 years.

Tony Hibbert hits out at Everton after being released

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Former Everton veteran Tony Hibbert has hit out at the club following his release, calling it "a ruthless, horrible business". 

The defender spent 25 years at Goodison Park, but that has now come to a bitter end. 

This summer, it's been all change in the blue half of Merseyside, with the Toffees' new investors choosing Ronald Koeman to replace Roberto Martinez in the hot seat. 


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That has prompted an overhaul of the squad, with Hibbert one of the unfortunate victims of Koeman's cull.

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And the 35-year-old has now revealed he wasn't even told he was being released - and found out when the news was published on the club's website. 

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“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.

Hibbert furious 

"No player deserves that whether they’ve been at a club for five minutes or 25 years.”

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Everton had a reputation as one of the Premier League's underdogs, with even many rival fans having a soft spot for the Blues because of the way the club was run, but HIbbert insists that should no longer be the case. 

“'The People’s Club', it’s no longer that,” he insisted. 

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