Noel Whelan has lauded Everton for offering Seamus Coleman the chance to finish his career at Goodison Park.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the defender’s experience would be “valuable” both on and off the pitch.
Speaking to Everton TV, Carlo Ancelotti insisted the 32-year-old has a contract “forever” at Goodison Park.
His current terms are set to expire at the end of next season.
Marcel Brands insisted he hoped to keep the club captain tied down to a new deal.
Everton were in a similar situation last summer when Leighton Baines’ contract was coming to an end.
The left-back ended up hanging up his boots but was handed a coaching role at Goodison Park.
Whelan suggested Coleman could follow in his former teammates’ footsteps by staying on Merseyside past the end of his playing career.
Asked if keeping Coleman on board was the right thing for Everton, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Oh my God, absolutely. When you’ve got players who have been at a football club for such a long length of time…
“You’ve seen it at Manchester United with Butt and Scholes nights going to the coaching department. They then go on and try and move on to assistant managers and managers.
“To have people that the younger players respect, they know, been at the club a long time, played at the highest level, it can only be beneficial for Everton to keep these long-standing servants of the football club within the ranks and coaching.
“They probably get more respect from the younger players coming through because they’ve idolised them. Working alongside them and with them would be a fantastic experience for the younger players coming through.
“Everton are going massively in the right direction in terms of what they brought in and players looking to sign. Also players that they’re keeping at the club.
“Duncan Ferguson, look how well he’s done and how important he’s been just being there in the background and helping.”