Marcus Rashford is set to leave Jay-Z’s sport agency Roc Nation after just one year on the books, according to The Mirror.
The tabloid newspaper is reporting that the Man Utd forward will be departing the agency alongside Kelly Hogarth – Roc Nation’s vice-president of strategy and communications.
The Man Utd forward officially signed with Jay-Z’s agency in April 2020 – with Roc Nation regarding Rashford as a “New World” athlete who “stands up for what they believe in”.
Rashford worked with Roc Nation last year as he projected a powerful message to parliament about the fight to end child poverty in England. The campaign resulted in two separate u-turns by Downing Street – who reversed their initial decisions to stop food vouchers and free school dinners.
But new reports say the England forward is now expected to leave the agency.
Founded as a music talent agency by hip-hop pioneer Jay-Z, Roc Nation has since expanded into sport – acquiring American stars before eventually turning to international football players.
Jerome Boateng was the first footballer to sign up to the agency in 2015 – which now represents the likes of Wifried Zaha, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and Tyrone Mings.
However, Rashford is no longer listed as one of Roc Nation’s clients on their website.
Rashford’s football ventures, meanwhile, have been represented by DN May Sports Management – a company led by his brothers.
Rashford has been in the headlines since his penalty miss in the Euro 2020 final – with the forward falling victim to horrific abuse online.
His mural in Withington was also defaced.
Over the past 24 hours, however, the painting has been repaired and people have flocked to the site from all over the UK to leave notes of support and appreciation.
A demonstration also took place in front of the mural – with Rashford describing himself as being “overwhelmed, thankful and lost for words”.
Grealish holds his hands up over Almirón dig: ‘I do stupid stuff’
Jack Grealish has finally held his hands up after mocking Miguel Almirón, assuring that while he has made mistakes in career, he has a “good heart”.
Speaking to the media at the national camp in Qatar, the footballer was asked about his now-infamous dig at the Newcastle player, quipping that teammate Riyad Mahrez “played like Almirón” in a sub-par performance during Manchester City‘s 2021/22 title-winning match back in May.
Ironically, Grealish‘s Almiron joke has preceded an incredible run of form from the winger this year, arguably being their player of the season with eight goals to his name already.
Despite the 28-year-old insisting he has “never really paid attention” to what people say about him, he will have inevitably seen the viral clip.
Nevertheless, the England and City star took accountability for the unnecessary outburst, confessing, “I do stupid stuff, that was one”, whilst assuring: “Obviously I’ve done stupid stuff in my life but I think everything that I do good is from my heart.”
The 27-year-old went on to say that describe his Premier League peer as a “great player”, adding: “what a guy… if that was me and somebody had said that about me, I’d have probably been the other way and been like: ‘f*** it'”.
While he said he didn’t think the drunken video would go public, he knows it wasn’t the most professional of moments and that not only is he “buzzing” to see Almirón playing so well but that he will be sure to “show him the most respect” the next time they meet on the pitch.
An MP took the mick out of Harry Maguire in Ghanaian parliament and we can’t get over it
Hello and welcome to another edition of ‘Headlines We Never Thought We’d Write’. In this week’s episode, a Ghanaian MP mocked Harry Maguire in the middle of parliament and we want answers.
Now, if you’re coming here looking for answers as to exactly why a random politician all the way over on the other side of the world, of all people, chose to mock Harry Maguire in Ghanaian parliament, we’ll stop you right there: we’re just as confused as you are.
That being said, let’s go on this journey together.
Here is Ghana’s Isaac Adongo, MP for the Bolgatanag Central, going in on the Sheffield-born United defender as a way of digging out the opposition:
As you can see in the rather surreal two-and-a-half-minute clip, Adongo is taking aim at the government’s Vice President and Head of the Economic Management Team, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, when he decides to use the 29-year-old centre-back as a simile.
The MP explains that despite being perceived as one of the best defenders in the league when the club signed him, he went on to become “the biggest threat at the centre of Man United‘s defence”. Ouch.
Adongo goes on to add that Maguire was “tackling Manchester United players and giving assists to [his] opponents”, joking that even if they missed “he would score for them” and dubbing Bawumia the “economic Maguire” for scoring own goals against his own nation. Deary me.