Declan’s problem: Career or family?


Declan’s career or family problem

Hughie Southon looks at Declan’s career or family problem

As the endless Declan Rice saga drifts on it opens up an interesting “career or family” problem that faces many of us as we make our way through life.

Declan  has that  geographical area versus professional success syndrome in front f him that can be so tricky to solve and in many ways one has to admire his apparent reaction to put family first.

With a young child recently born and being a southern boy, his heart is set on remaining in the the south east and many of us would feel exactly the same.

Right now Arsenal would be his obvious choice although under Pochettino I see Chelsea becoming a force again next season.

However, Declan has also spoken strongly of his desire to play Champions League football and win things. It has to be said if that truly is the case he will be infinitely better served by a move to Manchester City.

And lets be straightforward! Were he to play for them – let’s say for six years – that is hardly a hardship in a lifetime when he can travel to and fro to his beloved south easy during the summer and at various other times while fulfilling his ambitions at the same time.

He may actually like it up there!

No way would anyone here try to advise him on how to balance his objectives but from a professional point of view not many would disagree that City would have to be the preference!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • eastendexile says:

    Not an easy decision, especially when you consider that Jack Grealish and Kalvin Phillips didn’t have much involvement in their first seasons.
    It can be a slog commuting north to south (believe me) as witness Dawson’s recent plight to get back to his family.That would be even worse if Dec wasn’t getting enough game time.
    On the other hand, there is no guarantee that at Arsenal they will be competing at the very top each year.
    Obviously, my heart still wants Dec to stay as it doesn’t sit well that anyone would want to leave my club, but the sensible move is to City if he has to go anywhere

  • NorthDevHammer says:

    More likely his ol’ man doesn’t fancy travelling up north for home games.

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