Rooney “says his goodbyes” at Finch Farm

Saturday, 12 May, 2018 45comments  |  Jump to most recent
Sky Sports have offered yet more indications that Wayne Rooney is about to leave Everton with a report from the club's Halewood training complex.

Northwest football correspondent and former Blues Communications Director, Alan Myers, said that it was his understanding that Rooney was at Finch Farm for a brief time this morning where he "said some goodbyes" to staff and some of the players as he prepares for what looks increasingly likely to be a switch to DC United of Major League Soccer this summer.  

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John Nugent
1 Posted 12/05/2018 at 15:25:34
Not a problem with this, just as long as it doesn't mean that SA (I have trouble even saying or typing his name) isn't staying for another season. If I keep the faith,I believe an announcement will be made next week.

As for Wayne, he has served us as best he could this past season. Naturally his football hasn't hit the heights of his past, but he has raised the profile of Everton (let's forget his DWI incident). Hopefully we get a chunk of change for him.
William Cartwright
2 Posted 12/05/2018 at 15:43:15
Looks like Sam is being given the mushroom treatment eh?

Wayne may have realized he won't be able to cut it in the Premier League at the level he would like so he will move the the US and keep his gravy train running for a few more seasons. Good luck to him, I wish him all the best.

I don't now the state of his working relationship with Allardyce, but I think he is looking at the bigger picture. Prior to Sam's arrival Wayne was doing well for us. Then it all went sideways... Coincidence? I don't think so.

But a complete new set up, with the inevitable changes that brings; competition for power as well as playing time mean Wayne, and a few others are required to put up or shut up. How it should be, but no-one has told BPB yet . . .

David Booth
3 Posted 12/05/2018 at 16:09:25
Martin Nicholls
4 Posted 12/05/2018 at 16:20:46
Wasn't his community service spread over 12 months? Won't be going anywhere until he's done that!
Keith Monaghan
5 Posted 12/05/2018 at 16:24:43
Very much hope it's true - the sooner he's gone, the better. GOOD RIDDANCE!

Scored 1 great goal for in the midst of a hat-trick against a very poor WHU (with as bad as a performance I've seen from a visiting GK at Goodison in over 50 years of attendances) but has done little else.

Phil Walling
6 Posted 12/05/2018 at 16:42:30
He'll probably get special dispensation to do the community service 'when it's convenient'. Having said that, a relative of mine was denied a visa because of a 'drink drive' offence !

Rooney must need that £15M badly.

Jay Harris
7 Posted 12/05/2018 at 17:02:46
With Rooney's money and the ppower of the MLS he wont have any problem with a visa Phil.

At least I hope not.

It is the right move for him and the club.

Si Pulford
8 Posted 12/05/2018 at 17:03:26
Did well first half of the season then was put in DM by BFS.

What other team in world football would keep their top scorer so far from goal

Darren Murphy
9 Posted 12/05/2018 at 17:03:32
David McMullen
10 Posted 12/05/2018 at 17:18:07
Shame but he's "not the player he was" in fact the last few months he's been a liability. Good luck but I hope this is a culling of many faces at the club on and off the pitch.
Paul Ellam
11 Posted 12/05/2018 at 17:21:09
Would be happier if it was Allardyce going.
Still,that may come next week.
Ste Traverse
12 Posted 12/05/2018 at 17:24:24
I don't think it's any co-incidence his output dropped once Lardiola got to work on this side.

I didn't want him back and said on this site we were giving the Mancs tomorrows player and getting yesterdays in return but his performances up until mid-December made me change my mind. But since then he's dipped and now a parting of the ways looks inevitable.

I just hope it's because he knows he's past it at this level rather than he's been tipped off that Allardyce is staying.

Christine Foster
13 Posted 12/05/2018 at 17:35:01
There will be a few who will be happy with this, I am not. Because to me it means Allardyce is our manager next season.

Rooney has done the right thing, its a shame but true.

Ed Fitzgerald
14 Posted 12/05/2018 at 17:48:13

Neither you or I know whether that is true, only Mr Moshiri knows.

My guess however,! is Allardyce is going to be sacked early next week.Rooney, does,
I suspect know that regardless of who the manager is he is unlikely to get guaranteed game time. Oh and the fact he will be on 300k a week - doubling his wages might have swayed it.

The whole club needs to stop looking backwards and adopt a totally fresh approach with professional leadership at all levels being the priority.

Jay Harris
15 Posted 12/05/2018 at 17:55:38
Totally agree Ed.

The "Roy of the Rovers" culture under Kenwright was ancient before the Premiership started.

We need to be run like a proper top club and not a "Luvvies" trainset or a retirement home for the Man U rejects.

Christine Foster
16 Posted 12/05/2018 at 18:27:35
I am fighting a lost argument so I won't continue, but I still believe Allardyce will be here for next season and if so I will be mortified. Whoever, and I mean whoever, is manager next season has a big rebuild to do but reality will mean we will not see 8 or more changes to the first team in the immediate future. It will need progression from one way to another.. we don't seem to have a lot of class in the team as it stands, less so with Rooney, Lukaku, Stones, Barkley but hopefully Cenk, Walcott and 4/5 others will start the ball rolling.

Ed. 14 * professional leadership is a joke at this club and will continue until Kenwright and Elstone / Walsh are replaced or gone.

Ed Fitzgerald
17 Posted 12/05/2018 at 18:56:32

If you are right then ALL (or 93% of us) will be mortified.

Elstone is going to run RL super league. If Brands is appointed which seems likely then I would imagine Walsh is also gone. Also think Moshiri buying Woods shares will see the end for BK.

Everton have good players at this club and some good players at other clubs e.g. Lookman, Dowell, the lad at Anderlecht with some decent coaching we might not look as dire as we currently do.

If Moshiri chooses to leave FS in charge - then season ticket or not - I won’t be going anymore, we are truly shocking to watch.

I disagree about Rooney I think he is far too slow for the PL and is a massive liability in possession.

Paul Tran
18 Posted 12/05/2018 at 18:58:48
We're all guessing here. One thing I would say is that if Allardyce keeps his job, it would make sense to give him a contract extension. One season of a lame duck manager isn't going to happen. But it is Everton!

My prediction is that Sam will be relieved of his duties by Monday.

My first wish is for a strong CEO and a proper competitive club management structure. Second wish is Fonseca, Silva, or better still, a stellar manager surprisingly persuaded to join us.

I can't see Rooney being a starter whoever the manager is. Best of luck in everything you do, Wayne.

Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 12/05/2018 at 19:08:04
Christine (16), what's to do with you girl, you are usually very quick on the uptake of things at Everton, Sam is gone, he realised that weeks ago, he's been taking the you know what, for the last few matches, especially us fans.

I know you would like Wayne to stay but you will get over him and if Kenwright goes in August that will Buck you up no end.

Christine, I guarantee you will have a big smile on your face by the end of next week.

Jay Harris
20 Posted 12/05/2018 at 19:12:21
Lets hope we all do Dave although I have reservations about Silva.
Brian Harrison
21 Posted 12/05/2018 at 19:17:17
I don't read the situation like Christine has, I think that Allardyce is a dead man walking. Moshiri knows the rift between this manager and the fans will never heal, and when you have the fans and the manager at loggerheads it isn't a good recipe. So just for the sake of unity Allardyce has to go, I personally think the deal to bring Silva and Brands in very quickly after this season ends is already a done deal. Maybe they were consulted as whether Rooney would be in their plans and they have not given a positive reaction.

The new manager and DOF will have to act very quickly, and with this being a World Cup year just adds to the need for haste. Last season we sold our leading goalscorer, and didnt replace him, Rooney is the leading goal scorer this season so he needs to be replaced otherwise history will repeat itself.
I am just grateful that it ends tomorrow quickly followed by the anouncement we all want that Everton have sacked Allardyce. We can then begin next season with some hope and expectation.

Zaid Omar
22 Posted 12/05/2018 at 19:17:36
Seems like Liverpool Echo is as clueless as Sam Allardyce on the Rooney issue1!! Their reporting on the Rooney issue has been quite embarrassing
Anthony Murphy
24 Posted 12/05/2018 at 19:48:28
I’d like to see Brands as DoF with Wenger on a two year contract. Two proper football brains tasked with steering us in the right direction with some good football being played and attracting decent players. Wenger is a class act and the antithesis of all things Allardyce
Jay Harris
25 Posted 12/05/2018 at 20:04:56
I agree with you Anthony but it seems Silva is a done deal.
Neil Copeland
26 Posted 12/05/2018 at 20:39:30
The whole Rooney is he staying or going situation seems very messy to me. I don't doubt that this latest information suggests he is on his way but I am not convinced or at least not yet. If he does go, then good luck to him, if he stays then I hope he is used in the best possible capacity and maybe drafted into the coaching set up eventually.

Either way I think Allardyce is gone, he has made his situation untenable with the remarks aimed at fans recently. He really has missed a great opportunity at Everton by refusing to change his ways. If he had set us up to win against the RS, Swansea and Southampton we would be 7th now. More importantly he would have demonstrated a capability of playing more attractive football and may have got another 12 months to prove himself. Having said that, I am not sure if the Europa League would benefit us next season so perhaps just as well.

Whoever the new manager is, he will need our support from the start which I am sure will help lift and encourage the team. Anyone is a risk but I am looking forward to Mr Moshiri making some very important changes and better football next season.

As always I want us to win tomorrow, the reception that Allardyce gets will be interesting to say the least. Whilst I wish him no ill I can't help thinking that he really does bring it upon himself.

Tony Twist
27 Posted 12/05/2018 at 20:41:36
Wenger is quality but I think we need to look long term with this appointment. Stability is important so a two year contract for a manager won't give that, unless he trains his assistant (Arteta perhaps) for the job. We don't want to become another Chelsea and change managers every season or so.

Rooney has been a disappointment, with all his experience I would have expected him to be able to control a game and improve others around him. This did not happen. Plus he was a professional footballer who was paid handsomely and should be at a pinnacle of fitness and yet he smoked. Big no no in my eyes.

Jim Bennings
28 Posted 12/05/2018 at 21:09:28
The rest of the squad should hang their head in shame that our top scorer is Rooney with 10 goals yet hasn't scored a goal this calendar year.

Have to laugh at the Liverpool Echo as usual playing down Everton's worries going through the positions that need strengthening in summer, apparently we only moderately need a striker this summer and 4 goal Calvert-Lewin is a “brilliant prospect“.

You just wouldn't get this in the media about a club like Tottenham etc so why are Everton forever told to accept mediocrity?

Jeff Armstrong
29 Posted 12/05/2018 at 21:40:11
When Pep got sent to the stands recently, Arteta looked lost and frozen in the headlights, out of his depth in fact.

No, go and manage Charlton or someone and then we'll see.

Ian Riley
30 Posted 12/05/2018 at 22:22:00
Wayne came home to make a difference. It hasn't worked out. He had the guts to try. If he goes then good luck. He like most thought he could take us to the next level. It's not meant to be and yes sentiment over football brought him home. A blue forever from Merseyside to Washington, he's one of us.

Si Pulford
31 Posted 12/05/2018 at 22:27:18
Brian Harrison,

I totally agree on Silva & Brands already being lined up. Makes total sense. Hopefully this is the start of a long-term evolution at the club when we all probably wanted revolution. The next few weeks will show if Moshiri is the man I believe he is – or the charlatan some of the people on this forum believe he is.

I'm convinced he is the former.

John Hammond
32 Posted 12/05/2018 at 22:32:25
Jim #28: Tosun's done alright no? Half of Rooney's total in 13 games.
Jerome Shields
33 Posted 12/05/2018 at 22:37:36
Good News! I hope he is close to signing, not negotiating to sign and using the media to put pressure on the Football Director (someone we don't want) to take him. The quicker this distraction is over the better. We do not want a like-for-like replacement.
Colin Glassar
34 Posted 12/05/2018 at 23:05:02
I’ll be sad to see him go tbh. Up until fat Sam plonked himself at Goodison he was our best player. Fat Sam has ruined him as he has other players.
Ed Prytherch
35 Posted 13/05/2018 at 02:49:14
I agree with Ian (#30). Wayne's heart is in the right place but signing him and Gylfie made no sense. I am proud of him, maybe the best post war player from Everton, and I hope that he has a couple of good years in the States.
Dave Abrahams
36 Posted 13/05/2018 at 08:54:01
John (32), don't forget Niasse, scored a few then never got a chance, no penalties either, same as Tosan.
Ken Williams
37 Posted 13/05/2018 at 09:22:40
Once Rooney kissed the Man Utd badge in front of the faithful, he ceased to be an Evertonian. There are no excuses for this action.
Shane Corcoran
38 Posted 13/05/2018 at 09:34:42
Well that was an embarrassing 11-odd months.

"Rooney will raise our profile and sell jerseys" we were told, "and think of the influence he will have over the younger players".

Not sure on the jerseys but what we got was a foul-mouthed, frustrated player who, when not berating the officials or bizarrely giving the ball away, was showing our youngsters what to get up to on a night out when the Mrs is away.

Just another reason to try to forget the season gone by.

Dennis Stevens
39 Posted 13/05/2018 at 11:14:56
I note we now have a Rooney poll. I can't say yea or nay tbh, maybe there should be a "Not Arsed" option, or even a "Whatever the New MAnager Decides" option. It all really depends on what we would get out of him next season, or what a new manager thinks he could get out of him.
Paul Kossoff
40 Posted 13/05/2018 at 14:41:36
Bye bye W£yne. Make sure you employ a good accountant to sort out your taxes in your offshore accounts. You want to keep as much of your hard earned cash as possible. Oh W£yne, do me a favour,don't come back here in two years, (when no one is stupid enough to pay you milllons,) and take a coaches job at Everton, because you love the club sooo much, and you never wanted to leave! I won't wish you any luck W£yne because you have had more than enough of that. Money to 💰! That's all that matters to you, isn't it W£yne, good riddance!! (Awaiting flack!😁😁😁
Paul Kossoff
41 Posted 13/05/2018 at 14:55:25
Ian 30, W£yne (came home) because he wanted to keep his £300,000 a week wage. Utd paying half and us (soft shites) paying he rest. No one else was stupid enough to pay him that amount. Probably the Lukaku deal was involved in this. He s now leaving because the United contract is up and he's managed to find another set of mugs to pay him mega bucks! No loyalty at all. The more money the wealthy have, the more they want.
As was said, when he kissed the United badge, he stopped Being an Evertonian. Bitter? no, annoyed, yes!
Don Alexander
42 Posted 13/05/2018 at 15:11:47
Paul, you summed it up for me!
Paul Kossoff
43 Posted 13/05/2018 at 15:15:26
Thanks Don😋
Ian Riley
44 Posted 13/05/2018 at 15:25:44
Paul#40. Your point is money is the driving force of wayne's decision to leave. I believe not. He is simply not able physically to cope with the premiership campaign. Wayne has been playing football from sixteen years old in the top flight. His body is not up to the pace and the frustration he has is from that.

Perhaps he has realised our team cannot do the running for him. He must have wanted to succeed at his boyhood club. People have written kissing the badge of another club is disloyal. We'll make me a multimillionaire and I will kiss anything (well something's blind folded).

Wayne Rooney will go down as one of our greatest English players and has brought much success to Manchester united. Opportunities to earn more money at the end of your career is there to take. The MLS having Wayne Rooney will increase sponsor and merchandise revenue. Why shouldn't he be paid well?

I respect your opinion but it's very harsh without substance.

Pat Kelly
45 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:37:44
In fairness to Rooney, he has form in walking out on Everton. Only this time he won't be missed.
Lawrence Green
46 Posted 13/05/2018 at 18:45:17
Pat #45
But in the Premier League games that Rooney hasn't been involved in this season, we haven't won a single game, I may be incorrect stating that as a fact, but I did read it elsewhere today and if true, it's a worrying stat. Not that we've won that many with Rooney in the side.

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