Fans have chosen to lash out at Watford forward Troy Deeney online for his latest career move which was made earlier this week.
The Championship footballer , known for many a controversial opinion, is joining The Sun as their ‘new hard-hitting columnist’.
The media outlet says that he will give their readers the latest insight inside the world of football – as well his thoughts outside of it.
He was emblazoned all over the front cover of The Sun newspaper on Wednesday, and after finding out about his latest move, fans took to criticise him.
So much so that his name and #dontbuythesun was trending in the United Kingdom for many hours on social media site Twitter.
The 32-year-old is also linking up with radio station talkSPORT to become a regular across the station, alongside appearing on their podcasts.
He will be with relatively new presenter Laura Woods along with former footballer Ally McCoist every Monday and will feature as a live football pundit across the season.
Deeney said: “I can’t wait to get going on The Sun and talkSPORT. The Sun is a massive paper and I understand the responsibilities that go with that.
“talkSPORT is the number one sports station so to be broadcasting on Breakfast and across the schedule will be very special for me.
“I want to add something unique and give a different perspective, not only on football but many areas of life.”
Deeney will also continue to be a regular at Waford, as he tries to help the Championship club back into the Premier League.
Shaun Custis, SunSport’s Head of Sport, added: “We are delighted that Troy is joining us on the country’s number one football paper.
“As a frontline striker, who has played at the top level for many years, he will offer our readers forthright opinions and an exceptional insight into life in the modern game.”
Deeney has made more than 500 appearances across the Premier and Football League and scored over 160 goals.
Troy Deeney’s first story for The Sun was him reliving his prison stint that could have cost him his football career.
In an interview to celebrate his column, Troy talks about being brought up by his mum Emma.
He said: “Other prisoners would look at the pictures of my family that I had put on my cell wall and say, ‘What are you doing here? You’re a f***ing idiot’.
“Prison gives you time to reflect. I’d embarrassed my family. You can sulk about it or you can man up and fix it.
“And that’s what I did. I fixed it with the help of some good people around me. And I haven’t looked back since.”
He added: “The Sun is a massive paper and I understand the roles and responsibilities that go with that.
“I want to add something unique and give a different perspective, not only on sport but many areas.”
As mentioned, fans lash out at Troy Deeney for his latest career move…
Absolutely love it when #dontbuythesun is trending ☺️
Hopefully one day it will cease to exist. Piece of shit paper
— Shysteee2018 (@shysteee2018) October 22, 2020
— Couch Nish (@CouchNish) October 22, 2020
Every single LFC fan should block Troy Deeney now #dontbuythesun
— Batesy (@pablobates68) October 22, 2020
During a game of ours you announce a deal with a Tory paper? Nice one Troy.
— IvićSZN (@WattyFC12345) October 21, 2020
I’ve always admired you but you’ve made a very poor choice here Troy
— Pete Boyle – some rare delight in Manchester town (@PeteBoyle70) October 21, 2020
Ratio’d by the Don’t Buy The S*n Campaign pic.twitter.com/qEJt5OmFxK
— . (@ShankIyLFC) October 21, 2020
Lost all respect for you
— ???? ?? (@AlexFtbl) October 21, 2020
Thick or just unscrupulously greedy
— Ferg (@ferghamiltonLFC) October 22, 2020
Even is Watford fans lost respect, the Sun tried to ruin our greatest ever manager’s career, and published several untrue stories about our ex-chairman who effectively made the club where it is today
— Hughes For England ??????? (@WatfordIniesta) October 22, 2020
Embarassing from a working class lad like you. Legacy undone
— ????? (@CarefreeJames) October 21, 2020
— John Merro (@johnmerro1) October 21, 2020
Reason 1,087,578 not to buy the Sun …..
— Rob Ross (@gooner145) October 22, 2020
You literally picked the worst two media outlets available, but good luck to you. I hope it doesn’t affect your actual paid job. Good luck for the season
— Jamie Wood (@SuperWoody2) October 21, 2020
On a positive note ?
The Sun records £68m loss amid falling sales and hacking damages
— kerry Hooper? (@hewitson10) October 22, 2020
Any footballer who wants to associate themselves with this disgrace of a rag clearly have no decency or morals whatsoever. £££ before principle here very disappointed in Troy #dontbuythesun https://t.co/70W5xzuVQT
— Karl Burgess (@Karlos_B) October 21, 2020