Despite reports indicating that the Blues' new player management team of Marcel Brands and Marco Silva would sit down with the 32-year-old — and, now, statements by the pair that intended to do so — to discuss the possibility of him staying at Goodison Park, there has been an air of inevitability about his second departure from his boyhood club.
A fresh report in The Times is the latest to claim that Rooney is unhappy that Everton sounded out DC earlier this year to see if they were still interested in signing Rooney after they had made overtures to him last summer before he rejoined the Toffees from Manchester United.
Following last summer's outlandish spending, the Everton hierarchy are believed to be seeking to either get the wage bill down or make room for the salaries of new signings this summer and are keen to avoid paying Rooney £8m over the second year of his two-year contract.
Neither Brands nor Silva have offered much to suggest that they were keen to keep the veteran during yesterday's press conference at Finch Farm — indeed, there were tacit indications that the move was at an advanced stage — but they were united in saying that the door to his return in a coaching capacity once he hangs up his boots was always open.
"From what I understand ... the clubs are close to having an agreement, but it is up to Wayne, of course," Brands is quoted as saying. "When you talk about Wayne Rooney, you talk about a legend and a fantastic player. When I came into the club there was a lot going on already with Washington DC.
“I haven't spoken to Wayne myself, I will definitely do that in the coming days, but I understand that he wants to make the next step in his career to the MLS like a lot of big players did. When Wayne Rooney wants that, a club like Everton has to help him in that deal. The only thing I have to say to him is if he wants to come back the door will always be open for him.
"I hope that when he comes back from the States he will come back to Everton in whatever role he wants. We will help him build a new career after his football career.”
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1 Posted 05/06/2018 at 04:45:22
2 Posted 05/06/2018 at 04:54:11
I'd love to know why people keep touting Rooney as a coach. Is it just because he's a good player coming to the end of his career? He comes across as having absolutely zero attributes that a good coach should have. Temperament, dedication, communication. He spends all his time on the pitch telling referees to fuck off.
I don't even dislike the bloke. I just wish we'd give the opportunity to people who merit it.
3 Posted 05/06/2018 at 06:09:50
4 Posted 05/06/2018 at 08:05:28
5 Posted 05/06/2018 at 09:40:51
Spot on. That stance of using your head instead of your heart is what this club has needed for many years. Hopefully a sign of things to come.
For too long the sentimentality of Mr Kenwright has tarnished the club. Hopefully Mr Moshiri can change all that, get us a bit more businesslike in our approach.
6 Posted 05/06/2018 at 09:46:11
7 Posted 05/06/2018 at 10:32:50
Whether that be for England, United or GrannyShaggers FC was open-ended, right?
8 Posted 05/06/2018 at 13:27:15
He's actually known for having a very good grasp of the game and has input, as a good coach/manager should expect from a captain, into game tactics regularly.
One of the comments went along the lines of ‘his general intelligence is low, but regarding football he's a genuis'.
Even though this is based 10 odd years ago I can't believe he's played under so many managers at the highest level and not maintained that level of knowledge.
He's past it as a player, he sold us out, he's not the most intelligent human being, and he makes questionable decisions. But as a footballer he's one of the best and I'd love to have him back as a coach in the future.
9 Posted 05/06/2018 at 13:35:42
10 Posted 05/06/2018 at 13:39:38
I've heard he's been shocked by the lack of know-how, possessed by some of our senior players this year, but I'm also glad he's disappointed that Everton sounded out Washington, simply because he's no longer good enough as a footballer to help take us where we want to go.
11 Posted 05/06/2018 at 13:46:12
Only my opinion, but I think Rooney is better than you think when addressing a group. Tony – I'd heard some of that too. Apparently got annoyed by Allardyce as he wasn't engaged with enough.
12 Posted 05/06/2018 at 13:50:34
13 Posted 05/06/2018 at 13:52:10
He might hate the camera for many reasons mate, most street kids do! But only once he gets a chance will we really find out. It sounds good that he was outperforming qualified coaches, when he was only twenty, but I personally dont think that, thats that good when I look at the standards of some of the coaching in this country?
14 Posted 05/06/2018 at 14:02:56
with less than 10 minutes left, this player was rushing to take a free kick, so Rooney – sat down by the way as he was injured – shook his head, and was looking at this very experienced player in disbelief.
"No-one has ever been taught to win at our club," were his words, but maybe the game was just getting too quick for him!
15 Posted 05/06/2018 at 14:27:37
16 Posted 05/06/2018 at 15:06:44
Sir Clive Woodward, maintained that his 'gift' was to teach a winning mentality, rather than Rugby technique; and Sir Steve Redgrave taught the mindset necessary for relentless winning, rather than Rowing technique.
Andy Murray shocked the Tennis world, when he appointed Ivan Lendl as his coach. Although a great player, Lendl was not, at that time, coaching; and when asked what he could bring to the table, allegedly said: 'I can teach him the one thing he doesn't know; how to be a Bastard'!!
17 Posted 05/06/2018 at 17:58:42
18 Posted 05/06/2018 at 18:45:23
19 Posted 05/06/2018 at 20:50:13
Im going for Decommissioning Centreforwards.
20 Posted 05/06/2018 at 21:13:38
21 Posted 06/06/2018 at 01:20:24
The name 'Columbia' seems strange these days; it was a poetic ideal standing for "all the Americas" at a time when them feisty revolutionaries were setting up on their own dumping King George.
And if ya know yer 'istory, we went back in there in the War of 1812 and showed them what for! A British force led by Major General Robert Ross burned down buildings, including the Capitol building, as well as other facilities of the US government — and famously the Presidential Mansion. They had to paint it white to hide the burn marks...
22 Posted 06/06/2018 at 01:24:31
23 Posted 06/06/2018 at 01:34:17
And then, of course, we whupped y'all in the afters at New Orleans.
History records that we came out of it with new territory in the northwest, a hard-to-sing national anthem, and a really good Johnny Horton country song.
24 Posted 06/06/2018 at 01:45:40
25 Posted 06/06/2018 at 02:07:10
26 Posted 06/06/2018 at 04:37:13
Matter of fact, some of us would kinda like you lot to come back over and burn Washington again. Especially the White House. Could use a good cleansing fire right now. Maybe one of you could ring up Theresa and ask her? I think she'd be up for it. Next week would be fine.
27 Posted 06/06/2018 at 09:43:38
28 Posted 06/06/2018 at 10:02:54
29 Posted 06/06/2018 at 10:19:33
A laundry list of openly-stupid political decisions cost England their American colonies, nothing else.
30 Posted 06/06/2018 at 11:09:20
31 Posted 06/06/2018 at 11:42:48
32 Posted 06/06/2018 at 15:51:42
If he does depart, it won't take DC long to realise that, rather than employing Superman, they got landed with a sad Scouse comic.
If laying odds, I would go 10/11 stay, 10/11 go.
33 Posted 06/06/2018 at 20:24:17
Yet to read the comments, it's the bitter-tinged vindictive nature that comes true to the fore. Yes, he is past his best; no, he doesn't warrant a first-team place in every game, yes he did leave us so many years ago, no he never lost his love for the club. The club and some of its supporters lost its love for him. Smart digs at his wife, smart digs at him... it's sad, not funny. Good one, guys.
I want him to leave because I want him to enjoy the final few years of his career, and not remember the sarcasm of some ToffeeWeb punters. He is not going to get it if he stays is he?
If DC was sounded out mid-season, then that's naughty... but this is Everton... what do you expect?
34 Posted 06/06/2018 at 20:53:36
It may be on the road to recovery, but until the influence of Kenwright and his ilk have gone (and yes, I realise it's happening), I felt the club had lost its honesty and integrity. I live in hope we are, after such a long time, doing things the right way.
Hope... keeps buggering you up, doesn't it?
35 Posted 06/06/2018 at 21:14:50
As I recall, a fella called Tarleton led them at the time we went over to America and quashed the rebellion and burned the White House. Tarleton captured the standards of all the American state armies he destroyed, and put them on display in his home city of Liverpool. The Americans loathed him so much they fictionalised him dying in The Patriot (Mel Gibson) where he was portrayed as an evil man and renamed as “Lord Liverpool”. Tarleton went on to be Prime Minister.
The BEF never returned to America after burning the White House and they met their end in a glorious defeat in France at the start of World War I when British machine guns massacred many Germans who tragically kept charging them with swords until they ran out of bullets. The BEF was so depleted after that battle that they enacted the PALs Act and trained up volunteers to fight in the new British army. Lord Stanley, the Earl of Derby otherwise known (wrongly) as Lord Derby played a major role in this and his estate in Knowsley was one of the training grounds. I presume this was probably the area that is now the safari park.
If I recall correctly, the Council was very unhappy at the character of Lord Liverpool in the film and kicked up a fuss at the portrayal of one of the city's “heroes”.
One last thing ice hockey fans might like to know – the Stanley Cup is so called because it was donated by Lord Stanley, the Earl of Derby.
36 Posted 06/06/2018 at 21:22:43
You are right about the club losing its integrity, intellectual intelligence – every child over the age of three has it, it's just the difference between right and wrong.
Kenwright never had it when it came to looking after the best interests of Everton FC, yet loads of Evertonians think he did a great job for the club and "he is one of us". No wonder you fell out of love with the people running the club.
37 Posted 06/06/2018 at 21:27:10
He was MP for Liverpool and very prominent but never made it to Prime Minister.
38 Posted 06/06/2018 at 23:22:11
I was referring to the Parliament's actions after the 7 years War. There wasn't any great desire for rebellion until they made a series of short-sighted, desperate decisions regarding the American colonies, the Stamp Act being one.
By the time George III took the reins, it was only heading one way. And, here we are.
39 Posted 06/06/2018 at 23:44:55
40 Posted 07/06/2018 at 10:17:23
On the same premise, if and when Bill Kenwright finally relinquishes all future influence on the running of the club – and particularly any involvement with transfers – perhaps we will see the return of our ambition and a single-minded desire to win, instead of a perpetual 'we did our best' shrug of the shoulders and an acceptance of mediocrity at every level.
Brands, Silva, a director re-shuffle and hopefully some hungry players who want to win IN... Kenwright, Elstone, Walsh, Rooney and at least half a dozen other mercenaries, makeweights and losers OUT.
We have accepted second best and willingly allowed ourselves to become marginalised, patronised and often ridiculed for almost 25 trophyless years.
Things have got to change. If they do not, we may be irrevocably cast adrift and our history will become just that: history.
So I fervently, passionately hope the short-lived return of Rooney will be eventually prove to be as much a turning point as Kevin Brock's back pass. I cannot remember being as enthused about our prospects since the days of Howard Kendall.
Welcome to Everton 2018. Let's get this great club of ours back where we belong, instead of slogging it out with the likes of Burnley, Leicester, Newcastle and Crystal Palace and being perceived as a non-entity.
42 Posted 12/06/2018 at 19:02:29
Rooney has been a great player but, at this stage, his inclusion in the team would be a backward step for the club. We need to move on and bring the stars of tomorrow through and not live in the past.
I wish him well in MLS; however, it's a fit league and I'm not sure his legs will fare any better in MLS than they did in the latter part of our season.
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