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.
Sam Allardyce – players should lump it more during their playing careers
Sam told the Sunday Sun today:
â€œWhen you find that it might be a problem because the situation doesnâ€™t suit the wife, then I agree with Roy.“
â€œIf you are a professional footballer, you are doing what you love doing. You are at the top of the tree in your field.
â€œFor 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.â€
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 â€“ because you are expected to put yourself out. That doesn’t seem to apply to these high-paying footballers â€“ they want it both ways â€“ the very high wages and their choice as to where to live.
Sam went on:
â€œItâ€™s a difficult one to get your head around, but itâ€™s a fact of life now. Like Roy, I don’t agree with it, but you have to deal with it sadly.â€
â€œPeople 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.â€
â€œYou can always go back and live where you want to live when youâ€™ve finished playing and, certainly in the case of todayâ€™s Premiership footballers, live very comfortably for the rest of your life.â€
Agree completely with Sam on this â€“ but then of course we know most modern day footballers are paid far too much and are completely spoiled â€“ so what’s new?
That’s not meant to be a blanket statement against all players, but it seems true more often than not.