Thursday, August 24, 2017

Can Rooney blame the media?

Not going well

The very public marital problems of Wayne Rooney have received more than their fair share of column inches (if you’ll excuse the phrase!) over the past few weeks. I don’t want to go back over them or make any kind of ‘holier than thou’ moral judgement on what he is accused to have done.

Influence

What I do want to do is to examine the comments of Sir Alex Ferguson who said the other day that Rooney has been feeling the strain of the media scrutiny he has been under and suggested that may be having an influence on the form of his mercurial striker.

Once again on Saturday, Rooney cut a forlorn figure in large parts of United’s draw at Bolton. There is no doubt that he is still a very long way short of his best. He has managed just one goal in six games and has looked a shadow of the player he was last season. He has continued in the same wretched form that he showed for England in the World Cup.

Scrutiny

Former England boss Kevin Keegan has spoken out against the criticism of media scrutiny. He told ESPN,

“You can’t then turn around and say there’s too much paparazzi around or too much publicity. You can’t have all the contracts, sell your wedding to magazines and things like this, and suddenly say, ‘That’s the tap I want to turn on but we want to turn the other one off’. It’s just one tap and I know from when I played that if you are advertising boots and all these things, you have to go and make appearances. You are going to appear in the paper. But the one thing I would say is keep your home and your family out of it and just take your endorsements if that’s what you want to do. One minute you are courting it, the next minute you’re saying ‘I don’t want this’.”

Confidence

When Rooney was substituted on Sunday he had an ice pack applied to his ankle, but there was no injury that United feel will keep him out of the Champions League game in Valencia on Wednesday. He simply looks devoid of form and absolutely devoid of confidence.

When Ferguson talked of Rooney feeling the pressure of the media, he claimed that Rooney was not lacking confidence. Keegan disagrees.

“His performance at Bolton tells me his confidence is shot. Last year, you’d fancy him to put some of these chances into the net. For United to get back to where they should be, and winning at places like Bolton, they need to be getting Wayne Rooney firing on all cylinders.”

Fame

I think that Keegan has a decent point about the media. The likes of Rooney and other top players use the media to increase their fame and their wealth and help them to have a lavish lifestyle. The flip side of that is that when players step out of line they have to expect the media to make the most of it.

If players do not want the problems that go with this sort of reporting then they should surely withdraw from the benefits as well.

What do you think? Is media intrusion wrong or is it just part of the job and something players need to be able to brush off?

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Graham Fisher


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Wayne is such a beast…haha…nice pic! He needs some fangs… anyway, media intrusion is part of the job and we’re taught that the job is to get paid…if the media are being rewarded for their efforts in defacing Wayne Rooney then the system is working the way we intended it to. The media have been there to promote the best of Wayne Rooney, but they will flip that switch and promote the worst too. Sounds fair to me – would I personally lay another man’s domestic issues on the table like that for everyone to criticize and judge? No –… Read more »
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holy cow, I jumped outta my seat when I saw the pic. give Wazza devil horns and fangs. . . lol.

I don’t care who the media is intruding on, they NEED to stop. I know a person’s private life is interesting, but it gets real old over time. . . and it aint right to throw stuff out to the world like that.
“Just cause you have the right to do something doesn’t mean you have the right to do it.”

Of course, that can work both ways.

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