Beckham and United class of '92 the perfect role models
Wayne Rooney was probably the last of the street footballer who has made it from kicking a ball around in the road to the big time. I wonder just how many of that type of player will come along in the future. Harrison's most famous pupil Beckham spent hours with a football in his back garden, growing up in Leytonstone. It was a ritual that never changed as he made every effort to become a professional footballer with United. David is a fantastic role model, added Eric. Beckham role model Any young player should be encouraged to look at how he made it in the game and why. The same goes with all that magic group we had. As youngsters they'd be training every day of the week and then would be out practising late in the afternoons as well. Not only that but I also used to coach the even younger boys twice a week after school in the evenings and lo and behold that group of players would be back at night playing again! I could never tell the manager that. Sir Alex Ferguson is very keen on rest for the younger players and I just did not dare tell him lads like David and his mates from that team were returning in the evening just so they could play and improve. They really were a special bunch in that respect and no matter what people say about me helping them through I think you would have had to be a real dummy for them not to have made it. They were such a determined group and such nice people as well. They were a joy to work with. They were the easiest group of footballers I have ever had to work with. Professional football is a hard and demanding business. Both physically and mentally you have to be very very strong to make it. Even if you have the skill if you are not up to it in mind and body then you will quickly fall by the wayside. The rewards are there eventually if you have all that but it doesn't come easy and I just fear that too many young players these days want the trappings of success without having to put in the hours to achieve it. As good as David Beckham was skill-wise, and players like Ryan and Scholesy, you'll struggle to make it if you haven't got the attitude and work ethic. They all had it and that kind of young player is becoming a thing of the past. I'd love to see the parks busy with players and a ball being kicked up and down a street and against a wall. That's the only way things are going to start looking brighter for football and sport in this country in general. What do you think? Have your say.