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Footballers: big kids

Manchester United full-back and master proponent of the bum fluff ‘tache, Gary Neville has let rip at footballers who can’t tie their own shoelaces unless their agent does it for them. Well, it’s more of an ‘in my day’ rant from a soon to be retired elder statesman of the biz, but that’s not to say he isn’t right that players are ‘mollycoddled’ by their agents and representatives.

‘It is one of my pet hates when I see players who have agents who do everything for them,’ he said in a column in the Times of Malta. ‘They don't know how to set up their own bank accounts, they don't know what they are spending their money on and they can't make their own decisions.

‘Not every player is like that but some are now totally dependent on agents and advisers. There are some agents who do a good job looking after players but there are others who stifle and mollycoddle them.’

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