It’s coming out that Wayne Rooney’s agent seemed to be the one responsible for causing the upheaval with Wayne Rooney contract negotiations recently.
Paul Stretford – Steven Taylor and Wayne Rooney’s agent
That’s at least what Man United manager Alex Ferguson thinks, when he was interviewed on Sky Sports News today.
And it seems as soon as Wayne said he wanted away, after taking the advice of his agent, Paul Stretford, it seems he realized he had made a terrible mistake, and then signed a new contract after only a couple of hours of further negotiations.
This is what Alex Ferguson said of the contract crisis with Wayne Rooney today:
“You don’t necessarily have to heed advice after listening to it,” “Some young people take bad advice.”
“He has an agent who is not the most popular man in the world here, and he obviously sold it to Wayne to ask away.”
“The boy rushed in.” “But the minute he heard the response of the public and our supporters, he changed his mind, he knew he’d made a mistake.”
“There’s nothing wrong with that as long as you recognize it. He immediately apologized and agreed a new contract within a couple of hours.”
“It wasn’t done to get the contract, I don’t think that for a minute. But maybe he should have listened to better advice.”
We think Wayne’s case is important because Paul Stretford is also advising our own local player, Steven Taylor, and it seems that his advice to Steve may even be similar, because Steven is still refusing to sign a new contract at Newcastle.
Maybe it’s about time that Steven looked at his position at Newcastle with his father, who used to be his agent before Stretford got involved, and make their own decisions.
Steven should decide soon what he wants to do, and we find it hard to believe he would want to leave his home town club, who he’s been with for years and came through the Newcastle academy.
But if he does decide to leave, so be it, and Newcastle will no doubt try to sell him this January, since he is still officially on the transfer list at Newcastle.
Maybe the advice Paul Stretford is giving Steven is as bad as the advice he gave to Wayne Rooney.