Agents, dietitians, psychiatrists, goalkeeping coaches, goalkeeping coaches mate, mentors, personal assistants………..are all these people necessary in today’s game ? Maybe, but can anyone possibly imagine Tommy Smith or Jimmy Case being told what to wear, what to eat, where to go and what time to go to bed at…….no way. The only people who should stock the players fridge, walk their dogs, pay their bills and iron their shirts are the players wives and partners….LOL.
These days even at Liverpool, there is someone to help the substitutes off with their tracksuit, hand them a water bottle and even tie their bootlaces if needed, to be honest if a player is earning enough money to feed the third world, then he should be tieing his own bootlaces.
If you look at our own bench on match days, there are people there who the players do not even know who they are, men in suits, men in tracksuits, men in gloves, people with bags, people with no bags and men who no one seems to speak to or acknowledge…….who are these people?
Back in the day, our bench would consist of the manager, subs, trainer and that would probably be it, give or take. If you go back to our first FA Cup victory over Leeds United in 1965 the bench was, Shankly and a few other people obviously all connected to Liverpool FC, if you compare that to Liverpool’s team bench today there are a lot more people, all with the their own job to do…allegedly.
Of course football is a much bigger business today than ever before and it is inevitable that there will be a lot more people involved, but are there too many hangers on in football, especially at top level? What did players do before agents, mentors and personal assistants? They coped and just got on with it, but are players paid too much money that they need other people to help them and are players spoilt in today’s game?
Personally, I believe footballers should earn as much as they can while they can, the reason being, most footballers are finished at around thirty five or thirty six depending on what level your at, this doesn’t happen in most jobs when you can go on another thirty years, but saying that I also think that a wage cap should be put on top footballers earnings even at our own beloved Liverpool, it works in the U.S.A. and there is no reason why it shouldn’t work here.
Footballers have never had it so good, clubs supply them with gloves, hats, scarves and leggings, face protection, padded shirts and shorts for goalkeepers, vests for the winter and if you happen to have your own sponsor, shampoo, face cream, Anti persperant, boots, cars, now which other job supplies all that stuff?
Back to our own club Liverpool, most of our players are looked after very well and of course that’s the way it should be, if you treat your staff well then they should perform to the highest level, but does paying them top dollar make them better at their job ? In some cases at Liverpool that wasn’t always the case, and some players just play for themselves and not the team, Jürgen Klopp is too clever to let that happen again and the present squad is a decent one, but not the best, but he can only work with what he’s got and with the new signings to come, and with the Europa League to play for the season is not yet over by a long shot.