Fletcher: Snoods? There will be hot-water bottles down their pants next...
ASK Steve Fletcher a silly question and you are likely to get a silly answer. When it comes to fashion, the uncompromising Cherries striker is no Calvin Klein or Giorgio Armani. But when it comes to what footballers should or should not be wearing on the pitch, Fletcher is something of an expert. So Steve, what exactly do you make of snoods Not a lot, to be honest, he replied, when quizzed by the Daily Echo. They'll be stuffing hot-water bottles down their underpants next! The recent cold snap has prompted some pampered Premier League stars to start donning the natty neck-warmers, much to the derision of the traditionalists. Carlos Tevez almost threw his out of his pram during his well-publicised hissy fit at Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on Saturday, while Samir Nasri could have been forgiven for twirling his around his head in celebration at his fine double for Arsenal. Raised next to the North Sea in Hartlepool, Fletcher is used to the cold and the chances of seeing him take to the pitch with his neck insulated by a snood are nil. They are certainly not for me, said the popular Teessider. You tend to find only the foreign players wearing them and they look a tad crazy for football. They are probably getting thousands of pounds to wear them and I don't think anybody at our level is going to get that opportunity. First of all it was gloves, then it was full-length skins under your shorts and now it's these things around your neck. They will be wearing hats soon! Fletcher admits to having suffered only one on-field fashion faux-pas during his 21 years as a professional. It came at Lincoln on his return from a lengthy injury lay-off in October 2002 and he was quick to pin the blame on former Cherries kitman Bernie Morton. I have only ever worn a long-sleeved shirt once, revealed the 38-year-old. It was when we played Swansea in the LDV about 10 years ago. I had a bad game, we lost and I vowed never again to wear one. But I was given one on my comeback at Lincoln in 2002. You can't just roll up the sleeves so I got Bernie to cut them off for me. The problem was, he ended up cutting them far too short and it looked like a tank-top! If someone offered me £10,000 to wear a snood, I would probably take them up on it. Apart from that, they are not for me. Each to their own, it's just the way I have been brought up. If you have to stay warm on the pitch, there is always the good, old-fashioned method running around!
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