I am Going!

No, not leaving Hubpages. I think I’ll be writing here until Jesus comes back…

It’s October 2010 and this week, I have been fed up of hearing all the news about Wayne Rooney wanting to leave Manchester United, Football Club UK. Infact, I tweeted a comment on Twitter to say, he is a good player but not England’s best player, so Sir Alex Ferguson (The Manager) should let him go. If that offends anyone then forgive me.

Rooney earns approximately £100,000 a week and just turned 25 years old this October 2010. Good on him, great accomplishment but he refused to sign a new contract which was giving us all the impression he was scouting round, looking for better pay.

  • Fans were very angry
  • There were death threats
  • People thought he was being greedy
  • and Lady E was far from impressed….

Anyway, Mr Rooney has now done a U-turn and has decided, he wants to stay! Ask me how much his new contract will be...? It’s reported to be about £250,000 aweek, more than double his initial salary. Not bad. Full Details

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The “I’m Going” Experiment

So, after calming down, I thought it was actually a great idea. Tell your Manager “I’m Going”. Let there be a fuss and chances are, they will double or increase your pay.

So, my dear Readers, maybe we should all try this experiment. Being the gracious person thay I am, I would prefer you take the experiment first, to see how things work out for you. I will go last. Let me know if you get the Pay Rise.

Who’s willing to give the "I'm Going" experiment a try? ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶

Good Luck

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Wayne Rooney in Action...

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Comments 28 comments

jdove-miller 6 years ago

LOL! Almost the same thing happened here with LaBron James deciding not to re-sign with the Cleveland team he's play his whole career for. However at the last minute he decided to leave. He will be earning GOBS of money and he won't have any state taxes in his new state. The whole state of Illinois is STILL angry with him! Sports stars can take that risk and expect a positive outcome: however,I doubt anyone takes your advice. LOL!


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telltale 6 years ago

It worked, didn't it? I think he got his raise. Don't think I can try the experiment anymore, since I am self employed, now. :) However, admit did that before (albeit not intentionally), and got what I wanted, for a while.. but soon enough everything went back to one, so decided to move then, and did it!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I am always amazed at athletes demands for unreal amounts of money. My favorite quote is when they get an extra $10-$20 million and then assure us "it was never about the money." If it wasn't about the money, why don't you give back the extra $20 million???"

I've known times in my life when I made more money than I needed. I am now struggling somewhat. From either side of the fence, I can say that after a certain point, you can't eat a better steak, drive a nicer car or sleep in a softer bed. Eventually the money is just a number and almost an abstraction.

I have to admit that I probably don't have the nerve to threaten to leave in order to get a raise. When I was younger I could make that work, but it is a little scarier now. It is an intriguing strategy, however!

This was nicely written, Elena--as always.

Mike


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

‘I’m going’ is a manipulative tool when you use it deliberately. You will be begged to change your mind only when you are really valuable and not easy replaceable. Thanks for pointing this out, Lady_E – I don’t know the guy you’re talking about, but I do know many people like him. From now on he will not be as famous as before – he tagged himself with the word “GREEDY” and proved to all that it is true: “The more we have, the more we want; we are never grateful and happy with our blessings – the bare necessities we need to live too soon become not enough for us. We covet more and more and more.” And this is the reason why we are most of the time unhappy, ungrateful and simply despicable.


dreamreachout 6 years ago

It worked with Rooney but I suppose its a poor tool to gain mileage!! Atleast, I will deter from using this ploy!!

Cheers!!


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DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

I'm in the US - God made me move from the beautiful state of Colorado to the utterly horrid state of Illinois - and we are still working out the compensation package.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Oh sure! Make me go first why don't you? I say that and I'm fired, but you get to keep your cushy job! LOL

I too get angry at the shenanigans of these guys who have the world by the tail and still want more. The really horrible thing is - they take a temper tantrum and get away with it! But, we still go to the games don't we? There's the rub.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

I thought Ferguson should have let him go. To me he is lazy and crafty. The clubs go bankrupt because of those crazy wages. No human being is worth a £100,000 or £250,000 a week. A top heartsurgeon doesn't get that kind of money and he does a far great job and olle Rooney. He only shot one goal. If we said at work 'I am going' we are out of the door. This is crazy


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wearing well 6 years ago from Lancashire U.K.

The worlds'gone mad!It's about time the fans boyott their teams matches and ditch their season tickets!If I was a manager of a football team the players would get a basic wage and I mean basic!£15,000 per annum plus bonus of £1,000 per win per game :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Very good! I am behind you! hehehe


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hello J Dove-Miller - Very true. No one will see Rooney the same way again, not even his fellow footballers. He had to travel to Dubai this weekend to Celebrate his birthday because quite a lot of fans are still angry with him, even though he's done a U-Turn. I hope Illinois can forgive LaBron James. Thanks

** Hi Telltale... it did work, but at what cost to him. I hope he can deliver the goods. I'm glad you are in a position to call your own shots now. Thanks so much for stopping.

** Hello Mike, good point. If it wasn't about the money, then give it back. lol. Thanks, I appreciate your comments.

** Hi Martie - thanks for sharing those deep comments. Sometimes I think it's because he is such a young lad, he didn't think his decision through, but hopefully he knows not to play that card again because the fans were furious. Thanks. Hope you are enjoying your sunday.

** Hello Dreamreachout - I'm sure you are very much appreciated where you are and even before you ask, they would always advance you. :) Glad you stopped by.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Thanks for stopping Dave, I hope the Package works out to your advantage. May God intervene for you. Best Wishes.

** Lol Duchess - Nice to see you. That's true: "we still go to the games" and the ticket sales never come down. Enjoy your sunday.

** I agree Hello Hello - Alex should have let him go. Your comments are quite touching about those heart surgeons who work round the clock and don't get paid all that dosh. Glad you stopped by.

** Thanks Wearing well - We (the fans) should all go on Strike. How do you even live on £100,000 a week? What with all the government cuts going on in UK right now. I'll be sending your comment to Alex Ferguson (Rooney's Manager). Regards

** Hi Shaz, no.... I'm behind you. lol. Supporting you. :) Best Wishes.


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

I'm with Mike L! If the money wasn't the issue then what is it they are barking about?

K9


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

What if your self employed? Do you go look in a mirror and complain to yourself that your not making enough $$$. :))) I think Rooney is so overrated... There are so many better footballers in the world than Wayne Rooney. Can you say Ronaldo or Messi? Just MHO... Great Hub Elena, Ciao!


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago

I couldn't possibly go first. You go first, it was your idea......lol.

The salaries of some of these players are obscene, then there is Hollywood and TV salaries. And who is it that actually pays those? We do. I have no idea why we agree to it but we do. But hey.. isn't that the way of it? You get what you can. Great job!


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andromida 6 years ago

Rooney's world cup performance was very poor.I think he is simply an over rated footballer. Perhaps due to this previous performance and contribution to ManU's success made the club to raise his pay more than duoble! Great hub, I think Rooney was lucky enough that his boss did not let him go :)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hello K9Keystrokes. Exactly! "What is it they Barking about". Thanks for stopping.

** Cheers Jai - Totally agree, there are many more better than him. Even David Beckham at such a young age was gracious and would never have pulled the "I'm going Card". Then there's Drogba, Ronaldino, Ronaldo and all the other "O"s. lol. Glad you stopped by.

** Lol Joni - we're both so gracious to want the other to go first. Looking at it seriously, I also can't get my head round salaries of £100,000 a week. Me and you need to set up a "Fooball Salary Review Board" and give any cuts we make to those who are losing their houses everyday...

Thanks so much for stopping.

** Thanks Andromida - I was upset with the England Squad during the world cup. They didn't do to well because they were not getting on well with the manager and themselves. I agree with your comments there. Thanks for stopping.


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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

Lady_E - Am going too. But that is too much risk to take. Thanks for the hub.


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Those athletes make way too much money, if you ask me. Laughed at your comment about writing until Jesus comes back! I think I'm in the same boat!


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Allan Douglas 6 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Another thought provoking hub, Lady_E. I would like you to know that I took you up on your challenge yesterday. I stood up from my desk and announced to the entire room in a firm voice, “I’m sick and tired of being over worked and under paid, and I’m leaving.”

Both or my office-mates lifted their heads from their cushy snuggle-beds and looked at me; perplexed. After a few moments, Dolly; an English Hound yawned (meaning ‘just be quiet about it’) and put her head back down. Zadie, a Border Collie/Rottweiler mix, quite smart and a bit impertinent, said, “As long as you’re going out, bring me a chicken biscuit when you come back.”

So, dear Lady_E, I’d say no; it didn’t work. But perhaps you are of more value to your co-workers and supervisors than I am to mine.


amorea13 6 years ago

Lady E that made me laugh! I was just popping round to see what you had been writing and I saw something on 'sport'! I thought, wow Lady E doesn't often talk about sport - so I looked!

You know LE I think that's a great idea of yours - say to the boss 'I'm going' and get that pay-rise - of course - please let me know how you get on cos I'd actually like to be the last to try - too nervous to do it first!!

Great hub and thanks for making me laugh this morning!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hello Philipo - No worries, I wouldn't want you take a big risk. Nice to read from you.

** How are you Cari - good to know that you and me will be Writing on HP for a while. We just hope Hubpages don't turn round one day and say "Sorry Hubbers, We are going". Best Wishes. :)

** Aaawh Thanks Allan - You took the Experiment. Well, at least you tried. They know deep down how much you really like them and you wouldn't really be leaving. :)

** Hello Amorea - Glad you enjoyed the Hub. I'll let you know how I get on. I just need everyone who's commented here to go first and really weigh my options. Have a good day.


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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Hello Lady E. I agree that these guys are so overrated, how could they possibly be worth so much?. In the US, any unknown rookie baseball player who is still not grown up is offered a multi-million dollar package. They don't even know what to do with that money, and how to handle the mob of gold diggers chasing them. The silliness of it all is amusing.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

It certainly is amusing FGual.... and very true that they don't even know what to do with the money.

I'm glad you stopped by. :)


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK

Great hub. With so much unemployment out there I don't think I'll try that tactic though I need my job just now.

Seriously though, I believe there are a lot of undiscovered talented footballers out there, some who are far better than Rooney could ever be, so its about time they stopped being the elite and were brought back down to earth for the sake of their clubs. They should all take massive pay cuts and perhaps give some of their dosh to repay our country's growing debts.

Enjoyed the read and the moan, thank you.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK Author

Good Idea Leni - Great Suggestion. I also agree that there are a lot of talented footballers out there and that includes me.

I can play football, you know...

Best Wishes. :)


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

It is amazing how public school teachers have to give up so much of their pay per week to put back into the school system, but pro athletes can make thousands/millions of dollars and do with it what they want. The 'I'm going' probably works best for them because of their popularity. But in the real world, flipping burgers, housekeeping, nurse assisting, etc., the boss probably would not care as there are millions of people who would be glad to take their place. So instead, my 'I'm going to...' will have a different ending. But I have to say, good for him that he got it. Many before him have gotten the 'more money' and did not deserve it and there are so many 'singers' who really can't sing, but make millions 'singing.' What do you say. Hope we all have a turn and make the best of it. Voted and rated.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hello SupportMed,

Very interesting points made - that's life...

Thanks so much for sharing and rating. :)

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