today by the agents, or by the press they receive at times. They’re less likely to hold their hands up and say they’re at fault for things. If you go back 30 years you had a player with a certain pride, a responsibility for their own performance. They were less protected so they could come in and say “Hands up, my fault”. And that was good.
Today they are more fragile than ever, and that’s to do with the people who guide them l ik e agents, or even to a degree the press, who protect the stars, whereas years ago they didn’t have that protection.
A thing that has gone for managers is the old way we’d negotiate. If I wanted to buy a player from Harry I’d phone him up, or he’d phone me. Those days have gone. Now it’s all conducted by agents.
HR: We’ll end up with a league full of billionaire owners, all winners in whatever they do in their