News has been rumbling around the sporting world that Wayne Rooney may well be on the move to a new club, just 12 months after rejoining Everton. But, the potential deal to the MLS is not a foregone conclusion as some outlets are making out.
Wayne Rooney was reportedly the centre of a £12mil bid from Major League Soccer (MLS) side D.C United, but there is a high possibility that it was merely a stunt to increase the pressure on Everton’s board. It is no secret that Rooney doesn’t agree on many things Sam Allardyce does with this Everton team. The direction Everton are heading in and more to the point the football they are playing does not sit well with the boyhood Blue Rooney, who wants Everton to move on from Allardyce.
This week rumours of Rooney wanting to leave have surfaced applying even more pressure to Everton’s decision makers. It is understood that Rooney would not entertain a move away from Goodison Park if Sam Allardyce was not the manager of the club, placing the situation in a teetering stand-off between manager and player, with Farhad Moshiri likely to provide the final blow for one of the two.
Rooney, 32, also retired from international football shortly after Sam Allardyce was announced as the new national manager. Although that decision was one based on providing the best for club rather than country from Rooney’s point of view, it is believed that the FA’s appointment of Allardyce had an impact on the striker calling time on his international career. Allardyce had planned to remove Wayne Rooney as England’s captain and instead opt to hand the armband to Jordan Henderson or Joe Hart, something Rooney wouldn’t have accepted easily.
It seems to be a relationship between Rooney and Allardyce that has hit a snag earlier in both careers at some point. Neither are believed to be on the same wave length and from reports in the camp, Rooney has shown his frustrations towards Allardyce’s tactics and decision making prior to this public separation.
Although it is almost certain Everton and it’s board will seek to replace Allardyce at the end of the season, this situation has certainly acted as a wake up call to Moshiri and co who will now need to intervene. Everton are awaiting the arrival of Marcel Brands, who is soon to be the clubs new director of football, replacing Steve Walsh. However, Brands will only leave his current role at PSV Eindhoven at the culmination of the current season, then linking up immediately with Everton to advise on the clubs next manager. It’s a waiting game, but it is also a case of one thing falling to start the ball rolling on the rest of the exits and arrivals.