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Who Will Pay Brown 50k A Week?

This, frankly, is a ridiculous story. If reports are to be believed then United offered Wes Brown a 45,000 per week salary but, advised by his agent Paul Martin, he holds out for at least 50k.

Sir Alex, though he does not understand why Brown hasn't signed yet, blames the agent for the problems.

'Players of today live in their agents' pockets - it's a situation which really depresses me,' the BBC quotes Fergie.

'It's in his hands. It's not in our hands.'

'We have given him his offer. It's amazing really, given that he has had such a good season and has had such a good run of games while Gary has been injured.

'We wouldn't have made the offer if we hadn't had faith in him. Wes knows this and the other players have told him.'

'Wes has been with us since he was 12 but I don't think that matters these days. Their agents live their lives for them and if you are happy to go along with that then you get the situation that you have got just now.'


Now, of course we are in an age when Ashley Cole almost dies in a tragic accident upon hearing Arsenal would be prepared to pay only 55k rather than the 60k he asked for. So it's possible that it is only me who is surprised by the fact that Brown wants to leave his boyhood club which, incidentally, is the biggest club in Britain and one of the biggest in Europe, for a mere 5k.

The agents might be blamed and no matter how you look at them they are not saints. But I will focus on another aspect now: who will pay 50k a week for Wes Brown?

Football clubs who can afford that kind of salary to a right-back are few and far between, even in the rich men's playground we know as the Premier League. Newcastle, of course, cannot be ruled out, neither Tottenham but you can bet that Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal won't sign him.

So, in effect the situation is that now he's established himself as a first-team regular at the Champions, Brown wants to leave for a lesser club because of 5k more. But Wesley, have you ever considered that even that 45k offer is a tad overrated for a defender like yourselve? Allow me to explain.

He played well this season so far, he was quite reliable, did not make many mistakes and was solid in defence. But it is also true that opponents are a bit reluctant to try and break us down on our right because losing the ball there could mean that Ronaldo is allowed space to run and orchestrate a devastating counter-attack. Therefore, Brown is protected by the attacking qualities of the man playing on his wing.

He might be exposed at another club, especially as it won't be the place where he grew up, which he knows upside-down. Leaving that kind of safety, leaving behind the title races and Champions League runs for 5k a week... seems stupid to say the least.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 22 2008

Time: 8:42AM

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45k for brown is too much, 50k would be daylight robbery... i bet pompey sign him on a free now, altho i hope not as ive never rated the fella tbh...
pompeyrug
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22/02/2008 09:28:00

Wes needs to come back down to earth I think, WHO WOULDN'T take 45,000 A WEEK?!! And especially if it was to play football for one of the biggest clubs in the world, he needs to get his head checked if he leaves!
JonLFC
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22/02/2008 12:25:00

i would take 50 a week to play for man united. he needs to get his priorities straight.
rooneyisgod
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22/02/2008 13:40:00

He doesn't know how lucky he is
JonLFC
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22/02/2008 14:23:00

newcastle on 70aweek lol
HuddersfieldYiddo
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22/02/2008 15:21:00

Agents are ruining football...We at least at humble HTAFC,dont pay agentd fee's..
80s terrier
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22/02/2008 21:18:00

Agents..lol
80s terrier
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22/02/2008 21:32:00

I would NEVER accept anything less than 50 k a week, Mind you all, Im a Chelsea fan. And were feckin LOADED. :)
Blue is the colour
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22/02/2008 22:33:00

Not sure if you've noticed this, bitc, but so are united. Only one place he'll end up if he wants that much, and that's the toon I reckon.
Carlosio
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23/02/2008 01:54:00

Agreed. But why would a defender go to Newcastle? I mean, look at what happened to Cacapa who was regarded as a very good defender at Lyon...
midlothian99
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23/02/2008 21:50:00

If Wes Brown is taking advice from his agent he needs to stop being thick and sack his agent.. Who does he think he is .. He aint that good .. He should think himself lucky to play for United... Hope Fergie freezes the greedy ******** out of the team and he ends up at Derby or somewhere...
Chix
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24/02/2008 08:52:00

Apparently rumor is he wants 80k.
Paulinho
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24/02/2008 19:00:00

 

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