Gary Neville believes Premiership players deserve their ridiculous wages
Manchester Utd star justifies professional footballers’ inflated remuneration packages
Those who watched last week’s episode of Mock The Week may have noticed David Mitchell’s angry diatribe on the concept of a society that gives footballers hugely disproportionate salaries for doing a job that essentially “doesn’t matter”. It’s a puzzling sentiment from someone who has carved out a career in professional comedy, but The Spoiler can see the validity of his point: in a logical world, nurses, teachers and scientists would all bring home more bacon than those who endlessly strive to become the best at kicking a spherical piece of leather around a field.
When posed with the question of whether £100,000+-a-week salaries are justified, Gary Neville has defended men of his ilk:
“Others earn billions selling rights and 75,000 come to watch us every week.
“There’s a product there that people love. Fans are crucial but without the player you have nothing.”
Even though he has shown dogged loyalty to his club, Neville continued by suggesting the likes of Ashley Cole and Emmanuel Adebayor are perfectly entitled to leave their employer if another employer offers even bigger piles of money:
”Architects leave their business, caterers move restaurants – this is life. People want a better wage. Is there too much money in other businesses, like banking?”
Neville makes a fair point by asserting that most of us would change jobs for a significant increase in wages, but a caterer changing restaurants hardly holds the same emotional and financial implications of a superstar footballer turning his back on a multi-million pound enterprise with thousands of adoring fans.
Is Neville correct to say footballers’ salaries correctly reflect their importance to the institiutions who employ them? Would the beautiful game be a little bit more beautiful if salaries were capped at a reasonable amount? Let us know your opinions below…