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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

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