Le­gends blast Rose over ‘ill-judged’ com­ments

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON: Gary Neville and Jamie Car­ragher have taken Tot­ten­ham full-back Danny Rose to task af­ter he com­plained about his low wages and in­sin­u­ated he would be happy to leave the club.

Rose apol­o­gised for his com­ments on Fri­day, re­leas­ing a state­ment that was timed be­fore Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s press con­fer­ence with the player of­fer­ing con­tri­tion for what he deemed ‘ill-judged’ words.

But Sky Sports pun­dits Car­ragher and Neville were far from im­pressed by the English­man ac­cept­ing the in­ter­view to dis­cuss his dis­con­tent with a na­tional news­pa­per on the eve of the new sea­son.

Neville told Sky af­ter Ar­se­nal’s 4-3 win over Le­ices­ter City: “It was dis­re­spect­ful, just go­ing and an­nounc­ing that to a news­pa­per of any kind is ridicu­lous, it is just not pro­fes­sional.

“When you are try­ing to pro­mote your­self to other clubs po­ten­tially, I can­not be­lieve other clubs will be im­pressed with that.

“Danny Rose is a fan­tas­tic player but he has been mis­han­dled, who­ever has ad­vised him to do that is ridicu­lous. Some will say it is hon­esty but there is a pro­fes­sional way you go about do­ing things.

“Tot­ten­ham have been fan­tas­tic for Danny Rose. In our first cou­ple of years with Eng­land, he was fourth or fifth left back. Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino and Tot­ten­ham have turned him into the world class player that he is.

“Rose can ask to leave the club, there is no prob­lem with that, but the way you go about it is im­por­tant, has to be in a re­spect­ful man­ner.”

Po­chet­tino ad­dressed the thorny is­sue re­gard­ing with care at his sub­se­quent press con­fer­ence, so much so that he flicked ner­vously be­tween Span­ish and English for the first time in months.

The Ar­gen­tine said ‘of course’ Rose has a fu­ture at Tot­ten­ham and ‘of course’ he does not want to see his left back sold.

It is un­der­stood, how­ever, that Rose was fined two weeks wages and forced to is­sue an apol­ogy which he has now ad­hered to through his rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The left back signed a £65,000 (RM361,000) a week deal last Septem­ber and feels he has ‘one last’ big con­tract in his ca­reer at 27-years-old — but Car­ragher mir­rored the words used by Rose upon learn­ing some sign­ings made un­der Daniel Levy.

The former Liverpool de­fender — a one-club man — added: “We all know about the wage struc­ture they have there, the man­ager has done a fan­tas­tic job to keep Spurs sec­ond in the last two years, it can’t last for­ever be­cause play­ers will get un­happy, but you never say that pub­licly.

“The worst thing he said was “I don’t want Tot­ten­ham to have to sign play­ers we have to Google.” How dis­re­spect­ful that is to some of the play­ers in there.

“When he went there as a young­ster from Leeds I bet Rob­bie Keane and Dim­i­tar Ber­ba­tov had to Google him.” Daily Mail

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