England leaves for Euro 2012 next week and, as part of the 25 man squad, so does Rob Green.
But what of his club future? We have learned that apparently contract negotiations have stalled, or they are in full swing. Take your pick from those two. Reports vary but, reading between the lines, Green has been on wages of circa £40,000 a week and is asking for a 25% rise to move him into the £50,000 bracket. If that is true, it doesn’t sound excessive particularly in the context of recent seasons at the Irons and the alleged wages of players like Parker, Bridge, Dyer and a whole host more.
Now, I understand that we have entered a whole new era and maybe this is the club, bankrolled by its owners and still debt-ridden, that is laying down a marker for the future. If so, then that has to be respected. The question would still remain, who else do we get in to replace Green and at what cost? Presumably the recently acquired (on loan) Stephen Henderson is not the answer.
Or, is there more to it? Does Allardyce actually not rate Mr Green? Possible, I guess. I am not sure that Green is the kind of big, powerful, commanding ‘keeper Allardyce really craves. He has notorious fallibility in terms of commanding his area, is susceptible to high balls into the box although is undeniably a good shot-stopper.
So, where do our readers stand? I’m happy to let the management do what they feel is right on this one. My only reservation is the uncertainty that so horribly characterises this time of year. The revolving door, the spin of football agents, the titillation of the press, the Twitter and fans forums rumour mill; some people love it. Me? I can’t stand it!