Wes Foderingham has hit out at the way he was treated by Steven Gerrard during his time at Ibrox.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper was recently released by the Gers after spending five years at the club. In the first three campaigns, all before Gerrard’s arrival in 2018, he made at least 30 appearances in the league, but in the last two seasons he has seen his playing time considerably reduced – he has played just 13 times in all competitions since the new manager came in, with Allan McGregor instead earning the number one spot.
Talking to The Open Goal Podcast (via Sky Sports), Foderingham said of his time under Gerrard:
“When McGregor came in, it was always the club’s intention to sell me that summer. I was never told that but that’s what happened, I got a call from my agent.
“I found it strange. I had a meeting with the manager and he said I wasn’t his type of person, which I found quite strange.
“He didn’t go into any great depth but he just kind of questioned my willingness to fight for a position, which I don’t think I showed anything to suggest I wasn’t happy to fight for my place. I have fought for my place my whole career.
“The decision was made and at this point I wasn’t even training with the main team. I trained with the goalies but when we went into the main session I had to stay over. I couldn’t believe what was happening. But sometimes a manager doesn’t take a liking to you.”
This is one of the hazards of the footballing world. One manager may be a huge fan of yours, but as soon as a new boss enters the fold, everything is reset and you must once again prove yourself. Perhaps Gerrard was a little hard on Foderingham in this case – he at least deserved a chance to prove himself.
Are you upset to see Wes Foderingham leave?
Still, at 29, there is plenty more time for the former Swindon Town man to find another club who want him more than the ex-Liverpool captain did.
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