Ferguson Unfair with Wes Brown Comments

Alex Ferguson is depressed that Wes Brown may leave the club in the summer after he has rejected the final offer of Manchester United.


Alex Ferguson – annoyed with Wes Brown for wanting to leave

The 28-year-old will be a free agent in the summer, and can then negotiate a good deal for himself in terms of a wage packet. He has reportedly rejected an offer of £40K a week to remain at Old Trafford, and he can get more than that elsewhere – easily. But the other more important thing is that Wes wants to play week in week out, and there’s not much chance he will be doing that next season.  The rumors are rife that the Red Devils will bring in a top class right back in the summer.

However Ferguson says that these things depress him when he sees the agents unsettling the players so they can get make more money too. But what comes across from Ferguson is that if his players don’t do what he wants them to do – he criticizes them and their character.

Just listen to what the Scot says about the transfer situation with Wes Brown:

“We wouldn’t have made the offer if we didn’t have faith in him. But the players of today live in the pockets of their agents,” “It’s a situation which depresses me at times, it really depresses me.”

“Wes has been with us since he was 12 years old, but I don’t think that matters these days.” “Agents live their players’ lives, and if you’re happy to go along with that then you get the situation we’ve got just now.”

“But Wes knows this. And the other players have told him.”

Wes Brown has every right in the world to do what he is doing. He’s honoring his current contract at the club and decided he wants to try pastures anew. Not exactly sure what’s wrong with that, other than Manchester United are losing a very good player who has been with them for 16 years. You would think that Ferguson would praise Wes for his loyalty to the club, rather than question him being in his agent’s pocket.

That’s not to say agents are not a pain in the behind, but from the player’s viewpoint, he’s hardly doing anything criminal.

But let’s be honest this could be good news for Newcastle United, because there’s no doubt Wes Brown can be a great addition to our defense, and we badly need improvements in the summer, that’s for sure.

We hope our new executive recruitment team is onto this, and trying to tie up a deal right now, since they can now officially speak to Wes since last month.

Comments welcome.

46 comments so far

  • JMC

    Feb 22, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #1

    yes please, adding more strength and depth is hardly a bad thing…

  • YongMalaysia

    Feb 22, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #2

    No thanks, he was not good enough!

  • cooldj

    Feb 22, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #3

    he’s being greedy- he ain’t worth more than k40-45 at any club.

  • Graham

    Feb 22, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Its true he’s doing nothing now – but I can see where Ferguson is coming from in his thinking about agents as they are the scurge of modern day football (as well as Allardyce – sorry had to crowbar that one in).

    Brown could be a useful addition to our squad – however he always seems to play better with a leader next to him – which one of Taylor and Faye would he replace?

  • Rich

    Feb 22, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Id be very happy with Brown, great Back up to Beye at Right Back and comfortable at Central defence, better than Cacapa, Ramage and Rozenthal for sure!

  • Graham

    Feb 22, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #6

    if he’s playing pretty regularly (which he is) in a team with Ferdinand next to him on 100k a week then maybe he is justified in wanting more cash. Im not saying give him 100k but if i was doing the same job as the bloke next to me and getting less than half the wages i’d be a bit miffed as well.

  • Hadrian

    Feb 22, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    he has something to say about EVERYTHING lately .
    be it his own teams affair or anybody else , fergie has an opinion on it , and my god will he tell you , you better be paying attention !

    really tho, with everything he’s stuck his nose into this season , i think the FA have come off looking pretty weak for not telling him to shut it , seems tobe one set of rules for managers , another for fergie .

    as for wes brown , yeah he’d be a good buy at a decent price .
    you gotta remember this is the lads last major contract , he’s not money grabbing , just asking for what he’s due . i imagine fergies got his 35 year olds on twice what they offered wes .
    as for not being good enough , he’s playing well this season imo.

  • Marquiz

    Feb 22, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Article says Brown can get >40k easily elsewhere. So… like where?

  • Bosck

    Feb 22, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #9

    lets be honest the form brown is on at right back for manchester united and england, neville probably wouldnt get in to the united side anyway, so anyone saying brown is not good enough is talking rubbish. he has played in almost every game this season for a club that is still competing for the FA Cup, the Premier League and Champions League, and you’re trying to tell me he is not good enough to play for us, the team struggling to hold on to 13th in the table and with no chance of a trophy this season!!!!

    If ferguson wasnt so disappointed about letting him go he wouldnt be making these comments.

    also for those that say he is just being greedy look at it this way, would you be happy if you worked with someone who was effectively in the same role as you within a company who but earned 2 1/2 times what you earnt? no you wouldnt even if they were better at their job than you, do they deserve that much more.

    that is basically the situation with brown compared to rooney, ronaldo, ferdinand etc.

    £40k is a lot of money but not compared with what some of the others at his club earn.

  • Clive

    Feb 22, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    If Brown comes to us he’d be rubbish. Like Smith he looks better than he is in a good team. Fergie thinks of him as a squad player who can do a job up to a certain level but he’s not worth keeping for more than they’re offering.

  • Simen

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Agree with you Bosck! I think Brown is a very good player, and I would be very happy if we got him in the summer! It won’t be easy though…

    I just hope we can create something special soon. Just like the last time KK was here.
    It’s gonna be tough, especially attracting players in the summer. Because that’s what we need…

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I dont think keegan wants him.He is making a better team and squad players dont make a better team unless you a re in relegation,and im sure we wont be goin down there. i expect a big performance this weekend faye will be our man.

  • Monty

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Hardly a good addition. Below average player who is never guaranteed a game at Man U…look at the other players they sold in that position…namely Butt and Smith both wouldn’t look a miss in the lower divisions but not the Premier League.

  • Davies

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Sorry gents. I agree with Fergie.

    £40k a week is an obscene amount of money, irrespective of what you do for a living, or what the man next to you earns.

    I slave for my wages and find it difficult to accept that being paid £2,080,000 per year is not enough to play football.

    It comes down to greed, and yes, the agents are now the scourge of English football. That tw*t that keeps egging on the likes of N’Zogbia to move on so he can collect his fee is causing more harm to the game than bad refereeing.

    If Wes Brown comes to Newcastle, he’ll be here for the cash, not the club. What use is that?

    Wes, be a man, don’t be a prostitute.

  • Bosck

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #15

    yes he is a squad player for one of the best teams in the world!! he could arguably get in to arsenals defence at right back, and would probably be guaranteed a starting spot in any team outside the top four.

    dont be suprised to see villa sign him as a replacement for mellberg at rb, or spurs in place of chimbonda. and these are the teams we are trying to catch!!!! forget catching the top 4 for now!!

  • faustino

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #16

    He was in fine form against Arsenal saturday gone and is definitely good enough to be in most prem teams. Have to say though it would be a confusing move to go for a player who obviously wants 50k+ when right back is probably the only position we have a decent first team player. Villa or Spurs imo

  • faustino

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Great minds Bosck!

  • Bosck

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #18

    yes but davies the point is fergie should not be agreeing to pay ronaldo £100000 + a week and then call brown greedy for asking for more than £40k.

    either amount is obscene but as i said, if your colleague is paid 2 1/2 times what you are for doing basically the same job would you be happy? no.

  • dave

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #19

    another useless thread.

  • faustino

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #20

    And to add to that…. if the player don’t get the cash think about who does!!!

  • lee

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    brown is the perfect addition to our squad at cb him and taylor will be brilliant for each other as brown has gt the only 2 things taylor lacks which is pace n experience

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Brown is a good rb, but beye is better. Brown is a shit cb.

    He’d never get into Arsenal at RB, Sagna is the best in the league.

  • Davies

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #23

    So you wouldn’t be happy earning £2m a year then Bosck?

    I’d take it. I’d snap a man’s arm off for it. Weigh it up against what you earn right now and tell me that figure wouldn’t be satisfactory.

    I don’t complain about what my colleagues earn, and some of them do earn more than me. I’m sure that there is a reason that my manager chooses to value those employees over me, but I don’t question it.

    The problem is not what other people earn, it is purely down to the fact that there is always some greedy malcontent standing behind some of these players telling them they are worth more. This is not said in the player’s best interest, but in the interest of the agent who will pick up a fat cheque every time he encourages one of his clients to jump ship.

    I would love to earn the money Nicholas Anelka’s agent has earned over the years.

  • Premiership Vids

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #24

    We need to continue to invest in youthful players not second rated players from the top 4. We need to improve our midfield or we will never score goals.

  • howie

    Feb 22, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #25

    what a stupid article. I think sir Alex knows how much wes brown is worth and how much his wage should be, better than any of us (that’s including Ed harrison here) It is bloody obvious that Wes just wanted the money, he’s as greedy as God knows what.I don’t get it, which champions league club will want to sign him ????
    Newcastle can sign him, and then you’ll know the different kind of blunders he can produce. I have seen his form go up and down, so low that at one time he didn’t even make it to the United bench. LOL. He seems in form and in the England squad because of his teammates, rio, vidic, evra and he’s also playing behind Ronaldo, but don’t be deceived as he still does make silly passes to the midfield, I’ve seen it a few times recently. I will not be sad if he leaves, I’m just dissapointed at how he treats the club. So yeah… pack your bag Wes

  • valle

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #26

    40k a week should be more than enough. I dont want him as a starter, but he would do nice as a sqaud player.

  • ObaFan2

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Fergy is the master at the mind games or “kidology” as my old man used to say.

    Fergy is indirectly and directly telling Brown’s agent to forget it.

    Ronaldo is worth every penny he earns imo.

    Brown is ok in a very good team.

    Brown is not good enough for KK or the Toon imo and if he did come I don’t think he’d be guaranteed a starting place in the future.

    Since he has been mentioned as a possible signing I have tried to watch him a little more closely playing for Man U and tbh I’m still not convinced he’s that good and believe he is one of the weaker players at Man U. His defending is ok, his distribution not so good and his crossing not brilliant.

  • Dragoner

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #28

    tom toon i am with you 100% about sagna, arsenal have the best full backs in the league.

    And before someone says it, NO Evra is not better than clichy, Evra is good going forward but cannot defend to save his life

  • Dragoner

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #29

    We should only get him if he is free, Newcastle fans should know best that we need to stop chasing in-form players, as soon as we get them they return to their crappy original level of performance and we are being laughed at again. lets stop going for the worst from the best.

  • Gloryhunter

    Feb 22, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Dragoner. You’re not suggesting that go for the best of the worst?

  • Dragoner

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #31

    when i say ‘worst’ i mean players, and when i say ‘best’ i mean teams. So right now if our manager wants british we WILL have to go for the best players of the worst teams. E.g. Shorey from Reading, Barnes from Derby etc.

  • nufctj

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #32

    We should stay away from signing Brown. He is a second tier defender and not worth paying that much a week. Reminds me of Boumsong, the way he plays. There is a reason he does not play every game for ManUre. He simply is not good enough. They can afford to pay a player 40000 a week just as a squad player.

  • Dragoner

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #33

    or we should use our new backroom acquisitions to persuade foreign starlets, and off the radar players to come.

  • Dragoner

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #34

    basically, those that want english players basically want the best of the worst, because that is all we are going to get if we carry on with this pro english crap, every year we fall further behind the top half of the EPL because we are always so slow to adjust, when will people realise that saying “we got more english players than you” & “we got english owners and manager” does NOT win anything, and will not stop the media from laughing at us week in and week out

  • nufctj

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Here we go again…So KK wants to buy British? Is he on record anywhere saying this Dragoner? If that is KK’s strategy for buying players get used to bottom half of the table finishes.

    Furthermore, if that is KK and the clubs strategy then why is it that all of the young players we have recently signed are not British?

    There is a reason Chelsea won their first league title in 50 years recently, they put out a side that was 80-90% foreign.

  • nufctj

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Dragoner, mis-interpreted your earlier comment. I see you are seeing things same as me..apologies chap!

  • Leo*

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #37

    if he is coming to play then he would be a good addition, he is better than ramage cacapa and can cover for beye so would be worth it

    however if he is coming to collect one big pay day before retiring then no way!

    get some good up and coming defenders in please

  • chuck

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Fergie`s recent rant is typical ,he uses any tactic available including the bully pulpit to bend players to his will, I am afraid the relationship between Brown and “Himself”is now poisoned as he does`nt take kindly to any independence from players ie. Beckham & the two Duchmen.
    Brown has reached a stage in his career where he has to secure his financial future and what better way than thru a Bosman, where he can command a high wage in return for lower cost or no transfer fee.
    To look at this as greedy is a little naive, in the sense all players are there simply for the DOSH ! Yeah they like to play on winning teams
    and are sometimes ego driven, but they are mercenaries, and the bottom line is”THE DOSH !

  • stk

    Feb 22, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #39

    i increasingly am losing hope in humanity and this sick sad little world we live in, premiership footballers may have their charity events to organise their lives around, but seriously, they have no connection with reality and i thought it was a working class game with working class roots?! scudamore would know, the globalising greedy SOB!

    fergies comments here add up but take into account his comments about the crowd not making any noise, this whole world has been shifted around and only to really suit a few who will make buckets of money, and now they’ve all realised premiership football is the new gravy train, these beaucratic bastards will not stop!

    if brown came to newcastle, great, as long as we’re not paying him ridiculous 90k wages. if this progression goes on much longer, tickets will go up, pressures will go up, more defensive football coz everythings now high stakes.

    i am losing faith in this world, and thats why i enjoy watching the falcons, honest men playing an honest game.

    sir tom finney qualified as a plumber so he could make a living out of life after football. says it all really, and that he was a gentleman too

  • ToonUSA

    Feb 22, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #40

    He is the worst Player in the Manure side…..Plane and simple
    the days of collecting squade players from the top 4 needs to stop


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