Footballers must behave or walk away from the game, says Harry Redknapp

03 February 2010 12:46
Harry Redknapp is adamant that being a role model goes with the territory of being a highly-paid footballer and claimed those who do not want that responsibility should get out of the game.

Although unwilling to be drawn into the John Terry debate, the Tottenham manager was keen to remind today's generation of players that with the huge wage packets goes an enormous responsibility to behave in an exemplary fashion on and off the field.

'If they don't want to be role models they shouldn't be in football,' said Redknapp.

Straight-talking: Redknapp says footballers must act like role models

'Kids look up to them and wear their shirts, they are in the publiceye and they get very well paid to be in the public eye. When we werekids, we all idolised footballers and it's no different now. There hasto be standards. Footballers are young men, but they are role models -they have to set the right examples.'

Redknapp conceded there is only so much a manager can do to ensuretheir players behave and called on agents to take a more active role.

He said: 'You can't be with them 24 hours a day. They've all gotagents now, who they pay fortunes to, who are supposed to be helpingthem. But most agents only turn up when their players are signing a newcontract and they want their cut of the deal.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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