Rodwell is reported to have asked to leave the club back in January and ended up playing for their U23s as Sunderland failed to avoid relegation from the Championship. Rodwell intends to maintain his fitness but he won't be rejoining Everton after an unsuccessful trial with Watford last month.
The Black Cats lurched from crisis to crisis in the Championship, and were ignominiously relegated to the third-tier after just one season, for the first time since 1988. The Birkdale man had become a symbol of their decline, and the poster boy of poor decision-making. Rodwell was said to be earning £70k a week but his wages would have been cut next season after Sunderland's relegation to League One was confirmed.
The 27-year-old had one year left on his Sunderland contract but manager Chris Coleman did not know the state of Rodwell's fitness following a foot injury that kept him out for much of the season. In a newspaper interview last season, the Blues' Academy product said it was “unfair” to expect him to walk away from his contract without a new club to go to.
“I'm quite sure we've gone down the legal route of that situation, and we're stuck with a player that doesn't want to play for Sunderland Football Club and wants to leave,” Coleman added.
“But then where's he going to leave and go to? There's the conundrum. He's here and he's got one more year on his contract. He doesn't want to play for us, so fine, go and play for somebody else. But the stumbling block is the contract.
“But we'll see, it's the end of this season now. I know Jack did that big article (and said) he wanted to play for England again, so to do that, he's going to have to go and play football somewhere. The proof is always in the pudding.”
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1 Posted 01/08/2018 at 11:13:51
2 Posted 01/08/2018 at 11:55:12
Watch for him being lined up for the centre-back cover or as part of the training team.
3 Posted 01/08/2018 at 12:00:16
4 Posted 01/08/2018 at 15:49:20
5 Posted 01/08/2018 at 16:36:10
It's hard to believe Rodwell is only 27 & should be at his peak.
6 Posted 01/08/2018 at 16:53:19
7 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:53:18
8 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:07:54
Rodwell once had the game at his feet but it appears endless injuries and a bit of a poor attitude (so I've heard) and lack of eagerness to put in the hard yards has curtailed his career to a virtual non-existent premature ending.
Hard to see him ever making it at a decent club again now.
9 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:09:49
10 Posted 01/08/2018 at 21:19:07
I'm guessing there's always a chance of creating such damage in the rigours of footy, but wouldn't trainers and physios be extra-vigilant to do everything possible to guard against this? Is it all about stretching, and warm-down? Seems not, as the hamstring seems prone to go at any time during a game or during training.
11 Posted 01/08/2018 at 22:00:34
Maybe I am a softee, maybe I bought the hype, maybe I just wanted to live some sort of dream, but players like Ross and Jack, Wayne too are the epitome of what I wanted from my Everton. Some say once they have left EFC sort of who are they?
I find it hard to have a go at these characters, unless they have a go at the club. What might have been. Hope Jack stuns in training.
12 Posted 02/08/2018 at 00:45:40
13 Posted 02/08/2018 at 00:53:33
14 Posted 02/08/2018 at 01:13:08
15 Posted 02/08/2018 at 01:45:07
16 Posted 02/08/2018 at 07:39:19
17 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:12:33
Last year Jose Baxter got lots of minutes in expense of some other youngsters. This makes no sense at all. Valuable minutes should be given to those who are growing with us, not the ones who will never play another minute for us.
This is not charity. This is a business!
18 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:44:27
I have two tales of Francis Jeffers.
One has him going into a motorway cafe, demanding the earth and coming up with the "do you know who I am" ? Err, actually,no ! Early days.
Also he was playing here in Ozz, may have not even been in the A league(roughly equivalent to English 3rd level IMHO).
An acquaintance says he was the best player on the park by a country mile but he only played 15 minutes. He was on the park for 90, but only played for 15.
Still, if he had my annual salary for 35 weeks then he's had the equivalent of my career, so hard to feel too sorry for these nearly men.
19 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:47:15
If true, thats a hard but probability needed stance to take. 4 players we dont need and they have a week to find new clubs.
20 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:54:06
21 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:55:57
22 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:57:42
23 Posted 02/08/2018 at 10:51:46
24 Posted 02/08/2018 at 11:11:41
25 Posted 02/08/2018 at 11:13:48
26 Posted 02/08/2018 at 13:16:48
27 Posted 02/08/2018 at 14:28:49
If you google everton, Williams, training' you'll see it.
28 Posted 02/08/2018 at 15:18:56
I don't agree with making our own players train away unless discipline or secret tactics are being worked on. I'd keep Vlasic a top talent for the future.
Mirrallis and Martina can do a job but I understand wanting to trim the squad and sell them.
Williams should never have been bought or played but he fooled many managers and happy he goes. His hair is his only real asset. Not only looks good but gets in forwards eyes.
29 Posted 02/08/2018 at 15:33:28
30 Posted 03/08/2018 at 17:53:12
31 Posted 03/08/2018 at 17:58:58
32 Posted 08/08/2018 at 01:53:53
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