By Richard Parks
Wayne Rooney has put his move from Everton to MLS club DC United on hold after the dismissal of Sam Allardyce, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Premier League legend, 32, said his “goodbyes” to staff at the club’s Finch Farm training headquarters last Friday as he prepared to quit his boyhood club after just a year and head to the United States.
It is said that Rooney’s switch to America could now be off after agreeing the terms of a £300,000-a-week deal as he wants to speak to the new manager before signing off his departure.
Football Insider verdict:
Much as Rooney won’t like to admit it, the problem in the recently-completed domestic season was not Allardyce, his prehistoric methods or the team’s functional playing style. It was his own legs. Rooney has been a shadow of his former self in the last two years as the brutal pace of the Premier League catches up with a body that has taken its share of hits since he first starred in the division at the age of 16. Life started well on his romantic return to Goodison, with seven league goals by November, but the lion of the autumn has been a pussy cat since the turn of the year. Would Marco Silva or any of the other managerial candidates suddenly be willing to hand Rooney a lifeline and regular starting role? It’s unlikely. A move to the north American coast is a more sensible one for Rooney and his young family, and will enable Everton to make a big saving on his massive salary, with his £150,000-a-week contract plus top-up bonuses due to run for another year. Time waits for no man, and it appears to have caught up with Rooney, who has cut a frustrated figure in recent months. Semi-retirement in the US for a few years is the right option for all parties. Get real, Wazza, and just go.