Kevin Phillips Exclusive: 'Unwritten rule' breach at Rangers after player goes rogue
Kevin Phillips suggested Wes Foderingham broke one of football’s unwritten rules by revealing details of a private conversation he had with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed it is one of the codes of the game at the top level to keep private conversations between manager and player confidential.
The 29-year-old spoke to The Open Goal Podcast earlier this week following his release from the Gers after five years at Ibrox.
The goalkeeper claimed Steven Gerrard told him in a meeting that he was not his cup of tea and that the manager did not believe that he would fight for his position at the club.
Phillips suggested it works both ways and drew comparisons to when managers publicly criticise their players – using the example of Chris Wilder’s treatment of Dean Henderson at Sheffield United.
“The majority of the time they should keep conversations to themselves but sometimes you feel like you have to go out there and give your side of the story,” he told Football Insider.
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“Ultimately, it is an unwritten rule that what is said between the four walls, stays between the four walls.
“Occasionally, managers come out and dig players out in public and why not. Chris Wilder did it to Dean Henderson earlier in the season and since then he has been unbelievable. In that instance it worked.
“In general you keep things in house but it is a tough one.”
The former Swindon keeper fell down the pecking order at Ibrox in 2018 when Allan McGregor returned to his boyhood club from Hull.