Sam Allardyce is to sit down with Wayne Rooney after the Everton captain unleashed a stream of expletives, following his substitution in the 57th minute of Saturday’s goalless Merseyside derby.
Rooney had been replaced by Idrissa Gueye during the 0-0 draw at Goodison Park, at the same stage of Everton’s 3-1 home defeat by Manchester City the previous week.
Television cameras captured the 32-year-old letting his angry feelings known as he headed off the pitch, with Allardyce blaming his behaviour and disappointment on frustration.
“Wayne’s disappointment was frustration at the fact of being an Evertonian through and through – he’s been an Evertonian all his life, he made his debut for Everton when he was 16, he was playing in a great big derby match against Liverpool on his own park and he got substituted by the manager,” Sam Allardyce told TalkSPORT.
“That was too much for him to take and he had to show his frustration. We’ll sit down in the next week and we’ll talk it through and we’ll see how he feels. I’m sure he’s calmed down a little bit now.”
“The most important thing for me on the day was, how could I improve the team that, in my and my coaches’ opinion, was having to defend a little bit too much?
“We had to make these changes and we didn’t just make one with Wayne, we made three very quickly and in the end we finished the game stronger than Liverpool and nearly won it.
“That’s what you have to do as a manager. No matter who is on the field, if you feel you need to change, you have to change it, but sometimes the players will show their frustration.”
Allardyce admitted there had been lots of changes and he was trying to get stability back.
It’s not known at this stage whether Rooney will start against Swansea next weekend, but when asked if Rooney still has a future at Goodison, Allardyce replied: “Oh yes, there’s no doubt about that.”