Wayne Rooney shines as he makes MLS debut at a club in need of a boost

If the former England captain was thinking about what could have been at the World Cup, he didn’t show it as he took to his new life in MLS with relish For the first two weeks of his new life in America, Wayne Rooney lumbered sheepishly though his DC United press events, mumbling the usual banalities. But then came Saturday night, and his MLS debut, which was also United’s first game in their new stadium. He stepped on the pitch in the 59th minute and suddenly it was obvious to everyone that he was anything but ordinary. Rooney is nearing the end of his career and came to the United States straight off a vacation, yet he was the best player in DC’s 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. He sprayed passes to his teammates with such precision and velocity that they sometimes seemed surprised to see the ball coming. Continue reading "Wayne Rooney shines as he makes MLS debut at a club in need of a boost"

Farewell Wayne Rooney, who heads to Washington as a true England great | Andy Hunter

The former Everton and Manchester United striker is joining DC United with Everton’s blessing and encouragementWayne Rooney, without the fanfare that greeted his arrival as the most gifted English player in a generation or the acrimony of his first Everton exit, has brought his 16-year Premier League career to a close. Even so, and even with all eyes on Gareth Southgate’s new breed in Russia, it is a career that does not slip away unheralded. Rooney, with Everton’s blessing and encouragement, flew on Thursday to Washington to finalise a three-and-a-half-year contract with DC United. The deal will be formally completed when the MLS transfer window opens on 10 July – Everton will not receive a fee – and the 32-year-old is expected to make his debut for the Eastern Conference’s bottom club when they open their £300m Audi Field stadium against Vancouver Whitecaps four days later. His basic wage Continue reading "Farewell Wayne Rooney, who heads to Washington as a true England great | Andy Hunter"

‘I have the hunger’: Wayne Rooney completes move to DC United

  • Club reaches agreement with Everton for permanent transfer
  • Rooney says US move ‘fulfills another career ambition for me’
Wayne Rooney’s dream return to boyhood club Everton is over after one season following the 32-year-old’s move to Major League Soccer side DC United. England’s record goalscorer rejoined the Toffees after 13 years at Manchester United, where he is also the all-time leading scorer, last summer but has left just 12 months later for a new challenge in the United States. Continue reading...

Surplus Arsenal maestro will leave the Emirates this summer

According to a report published by Mirror, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere will allegedly leave the Emirates indefinitely in the summer, after supposedly being informed by the club’s new head coach, Unai Emery, that he is no longer subject to requirement at an indispensable capacity. Wilshere’s current contract at the Gunners is set to run dry at […]

Arsenal monitoring £18m-rated Borussia Dortmund craftsman

According to a report published by The Mirror, Arsenal are supposedly monitoring the availability of Borussia Dortmund’s midfield craftsman Mario Gotze, who scored the pivotal goal against Argentina to gift Germany the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Following his famed heroics on the international stage, Gotze was regarded as one of the modern game’s most […]

Germany legend Mario Basler slams ‘overrated’ Arsenal playmaker

Germany national team legend Mario Basler has slammed Arsenal’s ‘overrated’ playmaker Mesut Ozil and has called for Die Mannschaft’s manager, Joachim Low, to drop the 29-year-old from his World Cup squad, along with Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, who has also been battered with a barrage of criticisms. The creative protagonist, beside Gundogan and Everton’s Cenk Tosun, […]

Everton set to make opening offer for Norwich’s James Maddison

• England Under-21 international wanted by Marco Silva
• West Ham and Leicester also expected to firm up interestEverton have emerged as the frontrunners to sign the Norwich midfielder James Maddison, who they see as the long-term replacement for Wayne Rooney. The former England international is expected to complete his transfer to DC United and Everton are expected to move for the 21-year-old Maddison soon. Maddison, who scored 15 goals in the Championship last season, wants to make the step up to the Premier League and it is doubtful Norwich will stand in his way. Continue reading...

Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all top-flight clubs and what the figures say about their health. Manchester United top the charts again with a £581m income and £57m profit Financial figures for 2016-17, for the 20 clubs that were in the Premier League during 2016-17. All details from the most recently published annual reports at Companies House. Crystal Palace have missed the deadline for filing their accounts; as a consequence, all rankings of clubs are out of 19, not 20. Net debt is as stated in the accounts; debts minus cash held at the bank. The separate categories of turnover are listed according to the wording in individual club’s accounts and are each rounded up or down, so added together they do not always tally with the total turnover figure. Continue reading...

Everton need to offload players before buying, says Marcel Brands

• At least eight need to be moved on, director of football adds
• ‘Now there are 38 players and a lot are not young any more’Everton’s new director of football, Marcel Brands, has said Farhad Moshiri will not bankroll another lavish spending spree this summer and the first-team squad and wage bill must be reduced. Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder, has given Brands a wide-ranging and powerful remit having tried to hire the former PSV Eindhoven technical director for more than a year. The 56-year-old held a day-long meeting with Marco Silva and spoke to several former players of the Portuguese coach before Silva’s appointment as manager was finalised by the Everton board. Brands will be instrumental in Everton’s transfer business, too, but admits the immediate aim is to streamline a squad that has become bloated under a succession of short-lived managers. Continue reading...

Neville Southall as a source of hope | Brief letters

Manchester town hall | Funeral ads | Atheist appeals to God | Neville Southall | Dom BessWhile I am broadly in agreement with Simon Jenkins about the government getting it wrong on urban renewal in the regions (Relocating a few TV execs won’t revive our northern cities, 1 June), he is out of touch himself when he suggests that ministers could commandeer Manchester town hall while the Palace of Westminster is refurbished. Our town hall is itself being refurbished and won’t reopen until 2024.
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Manchester • Paul Chadwick (Open door, 4 June) feels sorry for readers whose feelings are hurt by inappropriate advertising. I too get fed up with advertisers of funeral plans stalking me. Perhaps if I say it in the Guardian they will stop. I have no intention of dying at a younger age than my mother, who made it to 98. Continue reading "Neville Southall as a source of hope | Brief letters"

Everton’s Marco Silva won’t stop Wayne Rooney leaving for MLS – video

Everton’s new manager Marco Silva has said he will not stand in Wayne Rooney’s way if he wants to leave his boyhood club for Major Soccer League’s DC United. The 32-year-old has been in talks with the American side over the last few weeks despite having only rejoined the Toffees 11 months ago after 13 years at Manchester United. Despite having a year left on his contract Rooney is considering leaving for MLS, and the Portuguese coach has said the door would be open any time in the future if he wants to come back to the club Continue reading...

Neville Southall: ‘I’ve got a bit of flak because I stick up for sex workers’ | Donald McRae

The former Wales and Everton goalkeeper discusses LGBT issues, Theresa May, skeletons, the agony of Loris Karius and why he really dislikes Piers Morgan Doubt settles over Neville Southall like a brooding cloud on an otherwise sunny afternoon in Liverpool. Before he begins talking animatedly for two hours about sex workers, mental health, skeletons, transgender issues, Theresa May, the agony of Loris Karius, the hounding of Raheem Sterling, why Piers Morgan is “a massive cock”, how to annoy Vladimir Putin, the World Cup and his dream of uniting disenfranchised people, Southall is on the brink of cancelling this interview. This should be a stress-free day back on Merseyside for the former Everton and Wales footballer, who was arguably the world’s best goalkeeper for a while in the 1980s, as he takes a break from his consuming job at a special needs school in Ebbw Vale. Before he became a Continue reading "Neville Southall: ‘I’ve got a bit of flak because I stick up for sex workers’ | Donald McRae"

Everton fan jailed for attacking Lyon player while holding toddler

Michael Fitzpatrick received eight-week sentence after incident during Europa Cup tie An Everton fan has been jailed for eight weeks after attacking opposition players while holding his toddler. Michael Fitzpatrick was holding his three-year-old, dummy-sucking son in one arm and using his other to grapple or punch at opposition players during a Europa Cup tie between Everton and Lyon last October. Continue reading...

Marco Silva’s in-tray: what is laying in wait for Everton’s new manager | Andy Hunter

Instil an identity into a drifting squad, dovetail with the director of football, stay put after four short-term appointments, and show he appreciates the opportunity he has been given Contrary to what Sam Allardyce’s friends at TalkSport/Sky may suggest, Everton fans did not expect the former England manager to transport the team from 13th into European contention during his six months in charge. Nor did they expect a seriously flawed squad to become the great entertainers. They did hope, however, for some sort of style, identity or a modicum of entertainment to develop. Instead they had to endure football that yielded the fewest shots, the fewest shots on target and the fewest chances created during Allardyce’s brief tenure. Silva inherits a team with no identity – a factor in the widespread disenchantment among fans – and needs to implement a clear and positive philosophy to repair that fracture. Continue reading...

Marco Silva’s history suggests Everton should prepare for fun and drama

Seven years after ending a modest playing career the Portuguese is about to embark on a sixth managerial job It is easy to see why Everton identified Marco Silva as their ideal head coach last October but less easy to understand why they persisted in doing so after his time at Watford unravelled in off-pitch acrimony and on-pitch chaos. The manner in which his performance in Hertfordshire went from immaculate to inadequate must at the very least have made what might once have been a straightforward decision significantly more complicated. Everton will believe they have the status to keep Silva’s ego satisfied for a bit longer than the two months and nine matches that separated his first game with the Hornets from the decision that he could do better. The coach’s history certainly suggests that what follows is likely to be fun as well as dramatic. Continue reading...

Everton confirm appointment of Marco Silva as new manager

• Portuguese takes over from Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park
• Silva was a target for Everton last autumn when at WatfordEverton have appointed Marco Silva as their new manager with the 40-year-old’s commitment to “attractive, attacking football” convincing the club he is the right man to replace Sam Allardyce. Silva signed a three-year contract with the Goodison Park club on Thursday having been the first choice of Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder, to succeed Allardyce since his sacking just over a fortnight ago. Moshiri had wanted the Portuguese coach to succeed Ronald Koeman in October but Watford rejected Everton’s advances for their new manager and potential compensation of over £10m. Watford then sacked Silva in January, blaming an “unwarranted approach” for a loss of focus and downturn in results. Continue reading...