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Friday, October 22, 2010

Wayne Rooney's world: petulant, selfish and arrogant

Neil Clark: To pull this stunt in a week when half a million people face losing their jobs is obscene.

This piece of mine appears in the First Post.

The 1992 film Wayne's World featured a heavy metal enthusiast who broadcasts shows from the basement of his parent's house. The 2010 version is not so endearing. It features an arrogant, loutish and overpaid footballer who threatens to leave the club which has made him into a world star - until they agree to sign him up to a new, improved five-year contract.

You can read the whole of the piece here.
UPDATE: Last night I was on Stephen Nolan's BBC Radio 5 Live programme debating the subject of Wayne Rooney's greed and the obscene salaries paid to a tiny few under the 'free market' system, with David Myddelton of the uber-Thatcherite think-tank the IEA. You can listen to the debate here.
Just click on the link to the 23rd October programme- the discussion comes at 1hour, 21.30 minutes in.


Robin Carmody said...

I wonder now whether Rooney ever wanted to leave Manchester United in the first place. I don't necessarily want to start a conspiracy theory, the timing of this episode was so convenient for the elite - in taking the attention of the mass of British people away from just how much they are about to suffer - that from their perspective it's almost too good to be true.

Mr. Piccolo said...

Great article, Mr. Clark. I think it was much easier to relate to professional athletes when they were closer to being “regular guys.” Now the sports pages increasingly read like supermarket tabloids.