Clyde chief blasts 'lazy' players

01 June 2010 06:11
Clyde director of football Neil Watt has hit out at players who expect to live off the wages paid by part-time clubs like his own.Watt described players unwilling to find additional employment as "lazy". [LNB]"Several players have told me that they can't survive on what we're offering. Well, I'm sorry, but we're not in any way trying to offer a wage to live on. [LNB]"Everybody knows the job market is difficult, but it shouldn't stop people from trying," he told Clyde's website. [LNB]The Cumbernauld club last summer were forced to release their whole squad to avoid going into administration. [LNB]And Watt was speaking as the present process of negotiating with existing players reached its conclusion - one in which several players have rejected the terms offered by Clyde relegated for a second year running - and the club seeks replacements. [LNB]"There really has been a change in attitude of some players these days - for the worse," said a frustrated Watt.[LNB] A part-time player who wants to pretend he is a full-time player by combining his part-time training with going to the gym a couple of times a week is kidding himself on Clyde director of football Neil Watt "Being offered a professional contract for a senior football club should be looked on as a privilege, but it seems that some players' desire for money is outweighing the prestige that comes with it. [LNB]"At this level, it should not be about money. The extra that players can earn should be seen as a bonus, but it seems that some players want to treat their earnings from a part-time club as their main source of income. [LNB]"At Clyde FC, we want to encourage our younger players to either embark on further education or go out and look for work. [LNB]"A part-time player who wants to pretend he is a full-time player by combining his part-time training with going to the gym a couple of times a week is kidding himself on. [LNB]"That type of attitude also illustrates a lazy person and that isn't the sort of individual we want to bring to the club." [LNB]Watt did not mention any players by name, but his words coincided with the announcement that two more players would be leaving Broadwood. [LNB]Goalkeeper Callum Reidford and midfielder Willie McLachlan have both declined offers to remain with the club in Division Three. [LNB]Clyde had previously announced that striker Steven Howarth and defenders Alan Lithgow and Kevin Higgins had rejected new contracts. [LNB]Watt said of McLachlan: "After he joined us in August before the transfer deadline, Willie covered in a variety of positions for the team last season. [LNB]"I felt that we began to see the best of him when he reverted to his natural position in the middle of the park. [LNB]"He has enjoyed his spell with us and was keen to stay. But, as I have said to all the players, we will not break our budget and put the club at risk and Willie felt unable to accept the same terms as last season. [LNB]"Clyde FC would like to thank him for his endeavours and wish him well in finding a new club."

Source: BBC_Sport