About the lengths he has gone to and excuses he has made to avoid kicking a ball for us over the last 9 months.
He has derailed his career. Wasted his talent. According to a Colombian press guy he has not been able to handle the mental side of his injuries and became ever more insular, indulgent and generally isolated...not just with us but with Colombia and some of his oldest friends.
Not even Carlo could keep him motivated and focused. The new manager did not even waste any energy trying.
It is such a shame as the talent is still there when he gets his head right but those moments are increasingly few and far between.
He will be treated as a superstar in Qatar & that league is so far below his level that even disinterested and at walking pace he should perform like one. He’s a useful PR piece for Qatar before the WC.
As for our marketing, we really pushed early and perhaps if he had kept up his side of the bargain it might have worked better but ultimately he gets filed alongside Gazza, Ginola, Van Der Meyde, Eto’o etc.
Rodriguez - training, but he himself doesnt think he is quite ready for the game
Simms - training having just returned from long injury, asked if fit for weekend - YES BOSS !
I'm not blaming Rodriguez completely
Hew was sold on joining Ancelotti, not Everton
Ancelotti ####ed off, and not only did that piss the board off, but also players
Benitez and Rodriguez dont get on too well it seems, and thats generally in life on both parties.
Both seem happy to part ways
The fact Rodriguez, at 30 has had since May to sort a new club and the main takers were a Turkish club and Qatar club, says a lot
1 - that we are paying him a lot
2 - other clubs dont see that cost as value
We all want to see boss skilful players, and he is right up there.
But maybe the negative aspects (cost, reliability, requirement of players around him), outweigh the positive at this time