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Will Wayne Rooney walk out on Manchester United?

19 October 2010 #Employment

It has been widely reported in the press this week that Wayne Rooney has fallen out with manager Alex Ferguson and is looking to leave Manchester United when his current fixed term contract expires in 20 months time.

Rooney had recently been dropped from the club`s first team, with Ferguson citing a supposed ankle injury. Rooney has denied this and is understood to be angry that his manager has lied to the press and that he has not supported him during his marriage crisis following allegations that he cheated on wife Colleen with prostitutes.

Employee relationships are incredibly important and an unhappy workplace can lead to high rates of staff turnover and high absence levels. For tips on how to keep staff motivated and to ensure that key players are retained in your business, see Employmentbuddy`s HR Resources section on Employee Relations.

There has also allegedly been a dispute regarding Rooney`s salary. United had been willing to make him the highest earner at the club, with a weekly salary of £150,000. It seems that this may not have been enough for Rooney and it is now widely tipped that he wishes to join Manchester City, United`s closest rivals who pay some of the largest salaries in Europe.

Once his contract expires, Rooney will be a free agent and can take up a new contract with any club interested in paying his incredibly high wages. The possibility of him leaving Manchester United on a free transfer had led to speculation that he will be sold during the January transfer window.

As Employmentbuddy has mentioned in numerous blogs recently, there are measures that employers can take to prevent employees joining competitors, for example adding restrictive covenants to employment contracts and placing employees on garden leave once notice of termination has been given by either party. For more information see the blog on BBC give Bleakley the boot from the One Show.

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