Wayne Rooney says he was saddened by the manner of his second departure from Everton, claiming that it took three months for him to get the clarity over his future he was seeking.
The 33-year-old left Goodison Park in July, halfway through the two-year contract he signed in the summer of 2017 when he made his return from Manchester United after a 13-year absence.
Rooney admits that he was young and impressionable when he abandoned his boyhood Blues for Old Trafford as an 18-year-old in a move that was ultimately worth £27m but says this time all he wanted was a frank assessment of his prospects at Everton following what was an enormously disappointing 2017-18 season for all concerned with the club.
The former England international scored 11 times for Everton over the first half of last season but his goals dried up after the turn of the year once he had dropped back to a deeper midfield role under interim boss, Sam Allardyce.
Rooney was informed that he would be allowed to leave earlier this summer as part of a rebuilding effort under new manager Marco Silva and Director of Football, Marcel Brands. He officially joined DC United on 10 July and has made an instant impact in Major League Soccer.
"It was the owner's decision [to let me go],” Rooney says in the Sunday Times. “He knew he was going to bring a lot of players in and wanted to free money up. That's his decision but I'm disappointed how it happened.
“Sam was the honest one. He said, 'If I'm still here next season you might not play as much but I still want you'. But then he said: 'I'm not sure the owner has the same opinion'. And trying to get an honest answer out of the owner took three months.
"I kept trying and trying. All I wanted was clarity. Even Marco Silva was surprised because before he came in he was told I was leaving - but that was before I was told I could leave."
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1 Posted 16/09/2018 at 06:28:45
He had a great career but gave up the opportunity to be an Everton legend. That regret would live with me every day.
2 Posted 16/09/2018 at 06:44:26
Why not just say, "I love the club and was obviously gutted I could not see my contract out. Saying that, I was on ridiculous dough, and my legs wouldn't allow me to play against the better teams in the league, so I fully understand why Farhad took appropriate action.
"Furthermore, lest we forget the club was in turmoil last year, and sweeping changes were being planned top to bottom, which explains why it took a couple of months to get clarity on my situation.
"I wish Everton all the best."
3 Posted 16/09/2018 at 07:05:19
4 Posted 16/09/2018 at 08:37:33
You're 'History' mate - move on!
5 Posted 16/09/2018 at 08:48:28
He should move on and stop the griping, we have and were going places with Mr Moshiri.
6 Posted 16/09/2018 at 08:58:40
7 Posted 16/09/2018 at 08:59:48
Truth is, he was dam lucky to get the opportunity to come back when he was long past his best and he should be grateful that he got to run out at Goodison again to cheers after his unsavoury departure.
Moshiri is clearly hands on and decided that he didn't want to pay inflated wages to a bit part player. if Rooney can't see that, he'll not get far in the future coaching and management career that he desires.
8 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:01:09
Absolutely spot on mate
If hes not good enough for the media / fake top six then hes not good enough for us
Shame really as I thought had we had a decent side last season hed be good against the strugglers in games we could control with ease (how delusional was I) and also maybe the last 20/30 mins to change against the top sides when the game was close (another delusional hope)
Moshiri is a business man Wayne and a good job hes not a sentimental old fool so a giant leap in the right direction
As Ernie mentioned ir was Wayne himself who gave up his chance of being an Everton legend, what we would all give for that
9 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:10:12
Yes he wouldve been an Everton legend if hed stayed at Goodison. Hed also had won sweet fa like so many other “Everton legends” of recent years.
I love Everton F.C. and would willingly play for free but how many of us would turn down the big money and chance to win glory at another side? Be honest now. He who is without sin may cast the first stone.
10 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:10:19
11 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:18:24
12 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:22:09
13 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:32:12
14 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:35:16
Rooney was a hindrance to our team last year and was a massive part of the problem.
Few wanted him back and now that hes gone I would think even fewer are interested in anything he has to say.
Any future Rooney stories shouldnt make this site, even if hes talking about Everton.
Leave it for the Man Poo fans sites to give a platform to his cry baby bullsh1t. After all hes their legend, not ours.
15 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:35:39
Those who harbour bitterness seem to forget that just maybe the lad, like any ridiculously talented youngster wanted to win trophies & earn decent money for his toils. Neither of which our club could give him at the time. He never failed to give his best when he did return. Whether people think that was good enough is a personal opinion. But... He was still our top goalscorer when all's said 'n done. He feels as he does because Everton is the love of his life & arent we all let down when the love of our life dumps us for 'a better model.'
16 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:42:45
17 Posted 16/09/2018 at 09:49:51
When he came back, his best may not have been enough for some of us but he never gave anything less than his all. The fact the club paid him £150k a week was the clubs' fault, not Rooney's.
I think Moshiri was right to call a halt to all that but I just don't get the hate stuff that goes on here.
18 Posted 16/09/2018 at 10:50:23
Manchester United know when to sell, Everton don't know when to buy (Darren Gibson et al).
19 Posted 16/09/2018 at 11:10:21
And I think the bitterness stems from his supposed love for Everton and him kissing his Man Utd badge scoring against us. Everton fans have the right to be bitter towards him. What do you want us to feel?love and cherish?
Every, well, most, understand why he left everton, to win trophies and earn more money. But that doesn't mean we aren't allowed to be bitter towards him. As fans, we have every right to be bitter, as long as it doesn't turn into abuse or insults, and I see none of that in this thread.
20 Posted 16/09/2018 at 11:19:55
21 Posted 16/09/2018 at 11:42:07
To make your context more real; Rooney WAS offered top dollar to stay at Everton. A club he had supported all his life, a club he joined at the age of 9, basically, a club that was in his blood.
So, would we have won cups & titles if he had stayed? Well, no one can answer that because he didn't.
He fucked off and became a legend at United. That is reality.
22 Posted 16/09/2018 at 11:59:57
But to laud Moshiri as an astute genuis who didnt want to pay inflated wages for a 'bit part player' who also happens to be the record premier league goal scorer? I'd buy that if he hadnt allowed Walsh and Koeman to squander millions and hird Allardyce after reading a book.
23 Posted 16/09/2018 at 12:41:02
Boy turns back on boyhood club who then get rid of him when he doesn't want to go. It's the fooball business Wayne.
Maybe Moshiri didn't want a foul-mouthed drink-driver as the most well-known player at his club. I'd be very happy if that was the reason.
24 Posted 16/09/2018 at 13:16:46
25 Posted 16/09/2018 at 14:16:39
26 Posted 16/09/2018 at 14:28:57
He would look good and make a difference as a 2nd half substitute this season (he could have changed the game two weeks ago, for example).
27 Posted 16/09/2018 at 14:31:46
But neither am I concerned now he has gone again. Wayne was too big for Everton back then. And Everton are too big for Wayne now.
The situation, our relationship, has been reversed. What goes around comes around. Good luck to you Wayne.
28 Posted 16/09/2018 at 14:49:39
29 Posted 16/09/2018 at 15:44:27
To use a Martin Keown expression he looked like he was towing a caravan at times last season. It's a lot easier in the MLS and he will do well as Robbie Keane and Beckham did when their legs had gone.
As for clarity, I doubt very much that Silva saw Wayne fitting into his new pressing style of play.
30 Posted 16/09/2018 at 15:50:21
31 Posted 16/09/2018 at 21:04:35
Once a blue always a blue? Oh fuck off Wayne. This club owes you not a damned fucking thing.
I don't hate him. I just have no respect for him.
32 Posted 16/09/2018 at 21:34:32
33 Posted 16/09/2018 at 21:58:10
If Rooney had the same work ethic and looked after himself, he'd still be in the Premier League.
34 Posted 16/09/2018 at 23:53:02
Well, I for one would have been pleased to see that has been stick a few in the net today because not one player came close in our team today, not one: two strikers who can't finish, 3 midfield players who can't pass a ball. Yep a has-been, but still better than what was on the pitch today.
Oh, and a good goal by Sigurdsson today... did he do anything else?
35 Posted 16/09/2018 at 23:55:52
36 Posted 17/09/2018 at 00:11:34
Disagree, he was a nice option to have and given we have so many kids on lower wages on the books and Rooney was selling shirts, I say one more season as a super sub was the way forward.
But we've spunked a fortune on a load of other players in 2 years who are either now sold, on loan or currently not fit to play.
37 Posted 17/09/2018 at 00:16:18
38 Posted 17/09/2018 at 04:29:39
39 Posted 17/09/2018 at 13:45:45
Lots of us did not want you back and then you dragged our name through the mud again with your antics with drink and infidelity. The only redeeming feature seemed to be that she was under 60!
Remember, Mr Moneybags that your decision to leave the first time came around from your greedy family and your dubious agent! Do not lay it at the door of the club in any way or your naive attitude!
Now that you are in the multimillionaire bracket, remember how many of your wanted supporters survive in an economy that is more concerned in blaming the working class for all its ills, eroding workers' rights, giving huge backhanders to rail operating companies and yet more!
Get real, Shrek! Get a life and get your head out of your own arse!
40 Posted 17/09/2018 at 13:55:09
He would UNDOUBTEDLY have given a better performance in the last two games than any of the forwards we were forced to field. We got a lot of salaries off the books in the close season so could have afforded his.
41 Posted 17/09/2018 at 15:43:40
We should have kept him.
42 Posted 17/09/2018 at 19:56:44
And please don't trott out the game against West Ham, that was more or less Moyes's first game.
43 Posted 18/09/2018 at 07:37:14
Rooney hasn't changed, his intervention is timed to coincide with those three goals. Trying to give himself some self-promoting air time.
44 Posted 18/09/2018 at 20:54:21
Well done everyone.
45 Posted 18/09/2018 at 22:07:27
46 Posted 18/09/2018 at 22:36:29
47 Posted 18/09/2018 at 23:00:37
48 Posted 18/09/2018 at 23:07:04
As for when he left, how many people would turn down a better pay package with more opportunities doing the same job ?
49 Posted 18/09/2018 at 23:34:27
Rooney did okay but, you've got to remember, about a third of his goals were penalties. He was too slow. We've already got Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson slowing play down. We don't need a further diminished Rooney playing as well.
If he was on about £50k a year, he would have been a useful squad player, but not on the crazy wages he was on. As I say. I'm very happy that we traded him in for Bernard.
50 Posted 19/09/2018 at 06:12:16
51 Posted 19/09/2018 at 16:36:46
52 Posted 19/09/2018 at 19:43:08
53 Posted 19/09/2018 at 19:57:49
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