It’s called the footballers wage monster where it gets more evil as it goes on it’s rampage of turning players into Hollywood wannabe’s. What have they done? What have they created? Damn them, damn them all to hellllllllllllllllll!!!!
We have players at this football club whose agents are whispering in their ears that they are better than they think they are and they should negotiate a club busting new deal that suits both the player and the agent.
I remember Alan Shearer saying, when he was in his prime, “it’s the best time to be a footballer as far as earnings go” or some words to that effect.. How wrong was he?
The truth is, looking back at the time with the wages that were being bandied about, it probably looked like he was half right because I for one couldn’t see how clubs could sustain it all, yet I didn’t have the benefit of foresight in seeing super rich owners swamp all over football clubs either.
The problem now though is, we have players coming through the ranks in England who see it all and see what the other players are getting and strive to make it because it’s basically a Hollywood lifestyle if you are good enough.
The problem though is, you get players like Nile Ranger who was given a big contract on decent money for his age and the fact he’s only played bit parts and he has been flirting around like a Hollywood chav/gangster and it went to his head that much that he decided that he’d done enough to catapult himself into the big players league without too much more footballing effort, or so it appears to me looking from outside in.
We had players on decent money for example, Andy Carroll, who had signed a contract for very good money for his age and experience yet he decided he wanted that contract tearing up and a new one with a massive wage rise because he scored a few goals and managed to gain the number nine shirt.
Did Carroll go to Liverpool to further his career that was five minutes old? Or did he listen to his agent who between them decided he was a superstar now and it’s time for his star to be laid in Hollywood’s walk of fame?
Where the hell does it all stop.
Think about this..
Imagine you are took on at a firm to operate a machine that they trained you up for and you work hard at operating it because you are new to it and also you want to impress. Everything runs smoothly and you are learning fast, so your boss decides to offer you a contract to operate it because he’s happy with you and you are doing the business and meeting targets.
You accept the contract on a higher wage and back to work happy as Larry. You then fall over and get injured and are off work for a few weeks and your replacement takes over and does his best.
In the meantime, you are at home and your mate comes and says, look mate they will be stuck without you so why don’t you tell the boss that you want more wages so he doesn’t lose you and if he calls your bluff, there’s a firm that will pay you a higher wage, you can go to that even though this one is closer to home.
You call the bluff, the boss calls no joy and off you pop to your new firm who have heard what you can do and are willing to wait till your injury is better. You sign the contract and eventually start using the machine but not quite as good as you did on your last one.
Your new boss is sat wondering just who the mug is. Is it him? You? Your old boss? He realises it’s him. He’s been mugged but you have signed a contract and now he has to figure a way how to get you up to speed or mug you off to someone.
Andy Carroll the machine operator who took the money and ran but would probably love his old job back because home is where the heart is.
GREED is killing the game and it doesn’t look like it’s going stop and unless NUFC pay top dollar in wages, we will get players trying it on and asking for the earth when their skill and experience don’t deserve it.
The saying goes that babies are born to mimic and that’s how they learn so quickly and this is true, but we mimic all our lives by copying others who appear more intelligent or appear to have more about them than the average Joe.
Unfortunately, this mimicking applies to young footballers watching how the others negotiate their sickening wages alongside their agents and they mimic them and so on and so on until it gets out of hand like it is now.
Even Championship footballers are on huge wages compared to the average man on the street.
We are in a weird predicament because we know we have a ceiling on wages which is no scrimp and scrape ceiling, it’s actually extremely good but not good enough for over-hyped, over-rated players who regard it as chicken feed.
It’s no wonder a lot of clubs go scouting for foreign talent because you only have to cast an aye on an English player and clubs have trebled his value in an instant, plus the players agent has immediately trebled his salary.
It’s sickening when you consider it should be an honour to play for a club and an even bigger honour to play for your home town club.
If this carries on, it will be the death of football unless a ruling comes into force that sticks. I know there’s one coming in but it looks to have loop holes that will be exploited by the rich clubs which basically renders it pointless. We need an iron ruling with potential loopholes ironed out that gives no edge to those clubs that are willing to pay sickening wages to players, knowing they could never claw it back if they played for another 50 years.
I think NUFC have a blueprint to deal with the way forward but it can only work if this new rule carries no side alley around it. I personally would have my own way of dealing with players and agents and football in general to make it more fair but I’ll save that for another article…
How much money do these players want for gods sake?