Wayne Rooney: Ian Holloway, Sven Goran Eriksson and Steve Bruce have their say

22 October 2010 01:09
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has blasted the football authorities for allowing the Wayne Rooney situation to happen.

Holloway believes the Bosman ruling of 1995, which allows players over the age of 24 to move for free at the end of their contracts, unfairly penalises clubs.

Here's what Ollie and the other bosses are saying on ROONEYGATE.

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Ian Holloway, Blackpool 'I've got big problems with the people who are running football. I know the reasons I think the game is in trouble and you cannot have the Bosman ruling they've got at the moment.

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'Manchester United have helped Wayne Rooney's career massively, on and off the field. The manager, the club itself has invested in him. They bought him for massive amounts of money as a young man and they're helping him blossom into the player that he is.

'He's one of the best centre-forwards in the world. And if he sees his contract out, he's going to be able to walk out of there for nothing.

'Just because you're 24 - what on earth has that got to do with it? It's just ludicrous. What if he sits there for 18 months, throws tantrums, doesn't try, doesn't play, and someone's already said to him, "We'll take you and we'll pay you some of that money we should have paid Manchester United because you can walk out on a free"?

'I'm looking at Alex Ferguson and thinking: "What a magnificent manager. How can he handle this?" How he feels about Manchester United, how proud he is. Yet Wayne Rooney or his agent can now manufacture a situation like this.'

Sven Goran Eriksson, Leicester CityI hope Manchester United and Wayne Rooney can sort it out. If a player isn't happy, he should leave. I've had players in the past who were like this. I signed Christian Vieri at Lazio and 10 months later he wanted to move to Inter. It's better to let them go.

Alex McLeish, Birmingham CityI was amazed that Wayne wants to leave. But there's no better man to handle the situation than Sir Alex. These are the times we live in. Player-power has been bubbling under for some time and it's come right to the surface in the past few years.

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To question (United's) ambition is something I find baffling. History tells you they will always be at the top. Always have been, always will be. It's not for me to question Wayne Rooney, but I've had the benefit of playing there for a long spell and I find it strange.

Mick McCarthy, Wolves It's Wayne Rooney in the news this week, is it? Blimey, we've not tackled him, have we? I've never had a player come to me and say what he has said. And he's questioned their ambition, has he? Well, that's like someone questioning Bill Gates' ambition.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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