A question

Why ARE footballers nowadays so bloody angry?

Hunter, Bremner and Keegan – cool as cucumbers

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The famously mild-mannered Harry Redknapp has taken time out of talking gibberish about Spurs, Real Madrid and Gareth Bale to talk gibberish about W*yne R*oney and him saying the word ‘fuck’ into a television camera.

Apparently, Harry is bemused by the anger that’s stored up in modern day players. He reckons they’re all like a Diet Coke bottle with a tube of Mentos inside looking for any excuse to unleash their fruity fury.

But is Harry right? Are players more angry than they used to be? Should they be more angry than they used to be?

Redknapp Snr actually said this about the good ol’ days and the rubbish here and now:

“I don’t know why Rooney did that. I don’t remember Bobby Charlton doing that when he used to smack goals into the top corner from 35 yards.

“Why do these young players have to be so angry with the world? I don’t know why. They are getting hundreds of thousands of pounds a week.

“I respect Rooney as a player but he is a silly boy for what he did and he shouldn’t have done it.”

There are certainly plenty of modern day players who are more angsty than a 13-year-old My Chemical Romance fan. Craig Bellamy doesn’t need much of an excuse to wrap a seven iron around someone’s head, Harry had a close up view of Gennaro Gattuso’s anger a few weeks back, while Tim Cahill is so cross with the world he has to batter a corner flag every time he scores.

Redknapp goes on about the thousands of pounds they’re paid, but doesn’t that bring an added pressure? It must be pretty hard having to watch every word you say or every blonde you screw in case a tabloid hack is waiting around the corner, no?

Or are they just a bunch of spoilt little children used to getting their own way from the age of 12 because they’re pretty good at kicking a ball?

Are they all angry little gets? Is it any worse than back in the day? WHY? WHY? WHY? Let us know what you think with a little comment below…


6 responses so far
  • arnie // April 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Go watch an under 12s game this Sunday morning, Mr Anderson and you will get the answers that you’re looking for …
    Some advice for the Sunday morning trip…Keep a watch and ear out for those people on the sidelines of the pitch rather than those that are on it !…

  • JLBK // April 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    “Oh fuck off, I’m no fucking wheeler-dealer. I’m a football manager.” – Harry Redknapp to Sky Sports interviewer.

    Length of ban: NA

  • DubaiSpur // April 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    well, Harry doesn’t have his name on the back of millions of childrens’ shirts in Asia and Africa, now, does he?

  • Will // April 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    He said the word “fuck”, it’s not like he kung-fu kicked someone in the chest. Yet.

  • R2Dad // April 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    ‘Roid Rage? I don’t know–there is a certain amount of anonymity in today’s world: in our car we’re just some driver; on-line we’re just an avatar, in a crowd we’re just a fan. Even twitter has the appearance of communicating with people, but you’re really just typing on a smart phone instead of talking face-to-face. I think these environments depersonalize communication, and you forget these are people you are interacting with. I just saw a match last weekend and the ref walked up to the first abusive fan of the match and in a calm and friendly manner asked them not to personalize his criticism of the refereeing. It worked–the rest of the match was abuse-free. No adult wants to be seen as a jerk, if they’re given the option to be civil. The ref just needed to remind the fan that abuse is a choice.

  • Linda // April 6, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Ever since the ’70s Western kids have been put in front of televisions and blessed with video games in place of actual interaction, in place of actual stimulation, in place of cause and effect. Add in the fact that these guys have been completely catered to and pampered from pre-pubescence, that the things Mom used to do a manager and personal assistant do, that their whole livelihood depends on a childhood game they still play 7 days a week? Any of these guys who are emotionally beyond 13 and are not violent are extremely exceptional and should be studied.

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