David Moyes gets my backing, even though I am a Red!
JOLEON LESCOTT has been told he will NOT be allowed to leave Everton – despite demanding a move to Manchester City yesterday.
The England defender – who stands to double his wages to £90,000-a-week at Eastlands – finally took matters into his own hands by asking to quit Goodison Park during showdown talks with manager David Moyes at the club’s training HQ.
But Lescott was left in no doubt that he will not be able to engineer a move as boss Moyes told the central defender he is not for sale.
Moyes has been totally unmoved during City’s very public pursuit of Lescott and was in no mood to cave in when he verbally asked for a transfer. (Daily Star)
There will be some who claim that a worker has every right to ditch his job and try to move to another job where he gets three times as much money, and whilst this analogy may well be accurate and correct anywhere else it really doesn’t hold water as an argument for a professional footballer.
First off, Joleon Lescott is under contract, much like you or I are, and secondly and perhaps more importantly, Everton purchased the player and significantly improved his standing in the game so should they therefore be treated so badly by the England international? His behaviour is so typical in today’s game that it is no longer greeted by the general disdain it should create.
Add to the mix the manner in which Man City have acted in all of this, paying no regard to the moral code in the game whilst also flouting Premier League regulations on ‘tapping-up’ something that is now so widespread that it’s almost worth ripping up the rule book and starting again.
David Moyes is a manager who I have always respected. Even as a lifelong Liverpool fan I applaud his no nonsense attitude and his ability to say it as he sees it (on most occasions anyway). It will be good to see a club and it’s boss backed to the hilt by the game as a whole and even if their refusal to allow Lescott to pursue his dream to accumulate wealth at an alarming speed and with no regard to his conscience, leads the player to being angry then I hope they continue to hold firm even if it means leaving him to rot in the reserves.