Ronald Koeman has commented on the flap surrounding Wayne Rooney's conduct following the international draw against Spain on Tuesday as it pertains to his captain, Phil Jagielka.
The Everton boss was asked for his thoughts on the media reaction to photographs taken of Rooney revelling with a wedding party at 5am on the morning after the England game and whether he spoke with Jagielka.
Like his rival manager across Stanley Park, Jürgen Klopp, Koeman suggested it was a storm in a teacup based on how times have changed from when he was a player.
“I spoke with Phil about this and other aspects if football this morning,” Koeman said at his press conference this afternoon. “The case of Rooney is not my problem because he's a Man United player.
“In the case of Phil, yes, he's an Everton player but it wasn't that a big problem for me with Phil. He was there, he had a drink but, ok, it was after the match. The behaviour of Phil was not bad.
“Of course, everybody needs to understand the dangers of social media and you always need to be an example as a professional football player, but that's my opinion in general.
“With Phil, there is no problem. I spoke with him and the rest is between him and I.
“[This kind of socialising] maybe happened a lot more 25 years ago than it does now but then there wasn't social media. But let's not make the story too big.”
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1 Posted 17/11/2016 at 21:37:15
What made me laugh was the observation in one of the papers that "Wayne's football future looks bleak. There are only 20 months left on his 300,000 pounds a week contract." I wish my future looked that bleak.
2 Posted 17/11/2016 at 22:38:59
The reality is also that Wayne wasn't responsible for the hype.
By the way, if he finishes his career as England's top scorer ever and Utd's top scorer ever, but people say 'he didn't live up to the hype', that will simply show what a load of lunatic wank-thinking the hype must have been.
3 Posted 17/11/2016 at 23:20:17
And yeah, was always shit. I mean, he won fuck loads and scored bucket loads of goals. But in general, was shit. Should have been put down some time ago. He's been living off that goal he scored at Arsenal for years.
4 Posted 17/11/2016 at 23:33:22
I personally wouldn't have him back now because I believe the new program should be based on younger players but, for fuck's sake; the boy was just having a drink.
5 Posted 18/11/2016 at 03:26:32
Rooney to me has had a great career and been a great player. However, I actually think he never quite fulfilled his potential. 2 reasons I put forward are
1. because he played for Man Utd with Ronaldo and so Fergie quite rightly knew he would (and Ronaldo would not) play to instruction – i.e. Being a team played restricted his personal development; and
2. Fact he is who he is and all that comes with it (i.e. He is not a model professional like Ronaldo appears and you just can't change his make up entirely)
Still I would put him in top 5 players I've ever seen play in the premiership (Ronaldo for me would not get in he only reached heights in my opinion once he started playing in Spain)
Just to finish off only remember watching blues week in week out from 1994 (when I was 14/15). I remember vividly our fans, particularly my generation, hearing little snippets about him. Coverage / social media not as big as now. This was teh Walter Smith era. I was so excited when I went to watch him (in some youth team competition a semi final against Aston Villa I think over two legs). I only saw game at goodison and me and my mates after 5 mins had no idea what he looked like and who precisely he was and were asking each other. We got a corner and this kid did an overhead kick that crashed onto the bar and we we're all like "that's Rooney". He was quite simply sensational. Me and my mates when out on town afterwards shouting Rooney Rooney and getting odd looks!
He was an unbelievably good player and best outfield player I've seen play for us and although I was gutted he left, I was always thankful for the memories and performances he put in whilst he was here.
6 Posted 18/11/2016 at 04:14:25
Much more importantly, it seems clearer now than ever before that RoonDawg is obviously done with Man Utd and especially with Jose Mourinho. I am actually starting to think that the possibility of the prodigal son scenario might actually have some life... crazy.
I'm all for it; way too many weekends spent being annoyed, frustrated and bored with this team the last two years. Rooney in Blue changes that. Let's get wasted!
7 Posted 18/11/2016 at 06:24:24
At his best, Gazza was, in my opinion, head and shoulders above Rooney in terms of skill and instinctive football capabilities but, once his career began to wane (no pun intended), he hit the self destruct button and it all turned pear-shaped for him.
I hope this isn't the start of a similar decline for Rooney, but who knows how fragile his ego is after being regularly benched by Man Utd and no longer being considered a definite starter for England. A third of a million pounds a week should keep the wolf from the door, but really, is he worth it?
8 Posted 18/11/2016 at 09:34:46
What law of the game stops a nation honouring it's war dead? England and Scotland should respond by withdrawing from FIFA – that would result in the sort of chaos that would cause the gravy train to hit the buffers and force a very swift rethink. Shame on these people.
9 Posted 18/11/2016 at 17:02:48
The way Sky Sports News reported it, I thought he'd killed someone when I seen the headlines flashing across the bottom of my screen. This story wouldn't have seen daylight in years gone by. Now every one has got a smart phone, they can't fart without it being headlines.
10 Posted 18/11/2016 at 17:10:39
Come home, Wayne.
11 Posted 18/11/2016 at 19:07:57
Is it too much to ask that our 'media shy' manager keeps his mouth shut unless he's commenting about Everton? It's getting ridiculous: he'll be a SSN reporter soon the way he's carrying on
13 Posted 18/11/2016 at 19:10:20
14 Posted 18/11/2016 at 20:51:05
English footballing icons are built up by the media until it suits them to destroy them. It's an absolute disgrace and if I was Rooney I'd refuse any requests for interviews and I'd also give the football writers' do, arranged to honour him, the big "fuck off" as well.
15 Posted 18/11/2016 at 20:57:35
I'll echo all your thoughts about Rooney, an exceptional player at 15, too young to play for Everton's first team but easily good enough, Walter Smith said as much.
The game you first saw him, I think was against Spurs in the semi final, the Villa game was the final that year. Anyway, in the first minute of the Spurs game, the Spurs left back had the ball but hesitated for a split second, didn't know whether to hit the ball long or stop and control it. In that split second Wayne pounced on the lad and whipped it off his toes and was on his bike down the wing, put the centre right on the head of Everton's centre-forward who nodded it home. Every one who was there, and there were plenty, knew we had someone special.
In the Arsenal game, "Remember the Name", outside after the game, you couldn't move in Bullens Road for people on their mobiles to all quarters of the world describing the player and that goal. A great and very special footballer who has had twelve years at the very top, past his best now but a privilege to see him for the Blues and Manchester United.
16 Posted 18/11/2016 at 21:40:44
17 Posted 19/11/2016 at 11:18:40
And for the sake of equanimity, I am surprised we do not see more of the Bleuets de France remembering their fallen and families.
18 Posted 19/11/2016 at 12:40:40
Got carried away with FIFA there!
19 Posted 21/11/2016 at 20:18:03
Bang on. Top career.