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Sam Agrees with Keane – Players Should Lump It More

10:54 am, Sunday, August 19th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Roy Keane recently blasted weak players who wouldn’t move to the North East because their wives or girlfriends didn’t want to live too far from London.

Turns out Sam has supported Roy in a lot of what the Irishman said.

Sam of course has already lost Kieron Dyer because the England International wanted to be nearer to his family in Ipswich.

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Sam Allardyce – players should lump it more during their playing careers

Sam told the Sunday Sun today:

“When you find that it might be a problem because the situation doesn’t suit the wife, then I agree with Roy.

“If you are a professional footballer, you are doing what you love doing. You are at the top of the tree in your field.

“For you to then not go to a particular football club for non- football reasons is something that is hard for us old boys to cope with.”

We agree with that completely, and it’s not unlike other high paying jobs where sometimes you have to disrupt your family if you are to progress in your career. Executives and other highly paid personnel have to lump it sometimes when they are sent overseas for long periods, as just one example. It’s just as bad when you are sent on assignment for 6 months and that disrupts things for the family – and lots of traveling on the road can also disrupt the family.

But that’s why you are paid the big money – because you are expected to put yourself out. That doesn’t seem to apply to these high-paying footballers – they want it both ways – the very high wages and their choice as to where to live.

Sam went on:

“It’s a difficult one to get your head around, but it’s a fact of life now. Like Roy, I don’t agree with it, but you have to deal with it sadly.”

“People always find a change in life can be very difficult at first, but you have to cope with it, certainly when you have a short career in football.”

“You can always go back and live where you want to live when you’ve finished playing and, certainly in the case of today’s Premiership footballers, live very comfortably for the rest of your life.”

Agree completely with Sam on this – but then of course we know most modern day footballers are paid far too much and are completely spoiled – so what’s new?

That’s not meant to be a blanket statement against all players, but it seems true more often than not.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Players





12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Stephen // Aug 19, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    I agree like why cant players just focus on there football and play where they think they could achieve things instead of just going where there girlfriends want to go .Footballers mostly retire anyways about 33-38 so why cant you wait unitl then to move where you want instead some players like Jenas and Dyer for examples think London is better than Newcastle to play or football its ok if there are better than us but no wa are west ham better than us .Dyer is a joke he was my favouirte player like but not anymore i dont live in enlgand but i doubt Ipswich is really really close to London or am i wrong?

  • 2 Graeme // Aug 19, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Stephen, I live in Ipswich, its 80 minutes on the train to the centre of the smoke. West Hams Ground is probably 80 minutes drive – if he keeps his licence long enough. Its the nearest London ground to here and one of the places I can take my son to see the mighty mags in action. SJP is 5 hours each way.

  • 3 Stephen // Aug 19, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    oh rite thanks mate didnt know that

  • 4 George // Aug 19, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Agree completely with everything Stephen says. These so called sportsman should realise that us fans pay their wages, not those tartted up slappers who spend money quicker than most footballers earn it.
    e.g. Dyers so called girlfriend wants him closer to her, yet is there not more temptaion for him in London than up here.
    At my local Tescos, Carl Corts girlfriend was banned from the store because she started shouting and abusing other customers and shouting at them “dont you know who we are”, how often do we here that. But when a shop is busy during the day how are people to know who the hell she was. Did she think cos she was black that she would be recognised.
    I tell you these so called woman should take reality tests. WAGS this is what it stands for.
    Whinging
    Abusive
    Girlfriend
    Slappers

  • 5 rich // Aug 19, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    sundays gossip:

    Newcastle will offer Emre to Barcelona in an attempt to sign Deco. (News of the World)

    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has stumped up £30m of his own money to cut the club’s debts. (News of the World)

    hmmmmm…..

  • 6 Tom_Toon // Aug 19, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Id enquire about Kranjcar as a creative midfielder. Then just buy Vitaliy Denisov at full back, Uzbekistan international, incredibly good, tipped to be the best player asia have ever had :)

    He plays full back! but on the left :( He good enough to play on the right.

  • 7 Tom_Toon // Aug 19, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Id enquire about Kranjcar as a creative midfielder. Then just buy Vitaliy Denisov at full back, Uzbekistan international, incredibly good, tipped to be the best player asia have ever had :)

    He plays full back! but on the left :( He is good enough to play on the right.

  • 8 Tom_Toon // Aug 19, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    mb :)

  • 9 George // Aug 19, 2007 at 11:56 AM

    Not quite on the same theme as places to play football, but it was a comment made by Steve Bruce yesterday, when he said that there is definately a difference in referees decisions depending on if you are a big or small club, and after watching Football first on Sky and MOTD this morning, i think he may have something here, we say WAGS tell there boys which clubs to go to, but is it possible that some may want to go to certain clubs because of influence with officials.
    Haveing watched yesterdays games, Mike Riley and Mark Halsey should be hauled before the Premiership committee, and before Kieth Hacket, to explain the unbelievably bad decisions they made yesterday and walked away from them as if nothing was wrong. Unless a referee is called to account for his actions, are they not leaving a referee wide open to bias, ( i wont use the word bribary), afterall all that happens is they get scored out of ten. Mark Halsey is so blind, that when Alan Shearer was elbowed in the face during a cuptie, Halsey was no more than ten feet away from the incident and a full unobstructed view, yet he saw nothing!. If a referee can not see things he should not be refereeing.

  • 10 Tom // Aug 19, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    I would like to see Deco, and i read the article about it. I dont know how much truth may be in it, but it seems well thought through mentioning Mike Ashley as wanting a high profile player at the club.

    Ed – Have you heard any different?

  • 11 joel gledhill // Aug 19, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    everyone jus looked at toon website and kevin keegan has signed for the toon?????????

  • 12 arctoa (D.) // Aug 19, 2007 at 12:51 PM

    Joel: They’re talking about when he first signed for us, as a player. Hah. I agree that it is a little misleading, though.




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