Rooney denies Allardyce rift; Everton ‘were panicking’

Date published: Thursday 19th April 2018 8:05

Wayne Rooney has insisted there is no rift between himself and Sam Allardyce at Everton.

Rooney and Allardyce’s relationship has been under the microscope over the past few weeks, with the former England international being substituted in two high-profile matches.

Allardyce hauled Rooney off in the 57th minute against both Manchester City and Liverpool, before granting him 87 minutes against Swansea.

The Everton manager admitted Rooney is arguably not his best option to play in midfield in such matches, but that his hands were tied.

Rooney, who was visibly annoyed upon both substitutions, insists there is no problem between the two, however.

“It’s me that gets highlighted a bit more than it would with other players,” Rooney told Sky Sports News.

“There was no issue with me and the manager or with me coming off. I respect the manager’s decision but of course there was frustration because I wanted to stay on.

“I spoke to him [afterwards] but really we spoke because of how it was getting built up to be something it wasn’t. There was no issue over it.

“He has done the job that’s been asked of him.

“We were panicking a bit when he took over. There was talk of relegation and he has steadied that.”


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