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I recall Kenwright being on Radio 2 (I think it was a music programme)
Posted by Cumquats
on September 15, 2021, 7:35 pm, in reply to "Agreed...
chatting with Parkinson.
On it he was adamant that Rooney was 'Going Nowhere'!
... as soon as Kenwright mentioned a price, it was clear that Rooney wouldn't be with us for too long. I'm sure that we all knew that he'd leave at some point and start hoovering up trophies elsewhere, but Kenwright stating a figure was the big pointer to say that Rooney had a price and was available sooner rather than later.
I remember the day after the Arsenal goal newspapers were reporting Kenwright saying that he was worth more than £50m. I guess that was a bit of writing on the wall, and it was a shame that one of the 2 seasons we had him for we were shite. It always seemed likely that he’d be sold, either because we needed cash or because it was a pantomime and Moyes couldn’t handle it.
But after Euro 2004 it was clear to the whole world that he was one of the best players in the world and likely to get better. To hear that we’d sold him for £23m rising to £27m seemed like they took the piss. I see the fee is now taken as £33m (presumably all the add ons were met) but even then he was worth a hell of a lot more.
And if we’d have got an extra £10m that probably would have been 2-3 very good players
...but given the financial situation that the club was in, it was an inevitability.
i think it was played out as a pantomime in public and the reality was markedly different behind the scenes. rooney's recent interview with bellew is probably the most honest version to date, but even then it's only one part of the truth.
i believe the club needed to bring in money - probably to cover outgoings and fund other transfers as we had a ton of outgoings that year. also bear in mind that the year we sold rooney we brought in cahill and arteta (as well as bent and beattie) and then finished 4th. i dread to think where we'd be as a club without cahill and arteta.