Player power gets Redknapp frustrated

22 October 2010 02:27
Harry Redknapp has become the latest Premier League manager to hit out at player power in the game in the wake of the Wayne Rooney saga.[LNB] Blackpool boss Ian Holloway yesterday launched a furious tirade against the Bosman rule, accusing footballer's rulemakers of being "frighteningly wrong" in the way they have implemented it.[LNB]And Tottenham manager Redknapp was equally as forthright today when he claimed young players were being given long contracts they "don't deserve".[LNB]On the day when Rooney ended the saga by agreeing a new five-year deal, Redknapp expressed his concerns over player power.[LNB]He said: "I worry about it with kids now.[LNB]"We've ended up in a situation where you give young kids long contracts now, for fear of losing them.[LNB]"They come in here at 17; suddenly they get a four- or five-year contract.[LNB]"They've got their feet under the table; they can go and do what they want; they're getting plenty of money.[LNB]"Some of them, they'll work their socks off.[LNB]"But too many of them, they're in the comfort zone at too early an age."[LNB]Redknapp reckons clubs should be offering youngsters no more than one-year deals, forcing them to earn any extension.[LNB]"That's what all the great players did of yesteryear, all those fantastic footballers that we used to have in this country," he said.[LNB]"They had a year when they were kids, they'd work hard and want to try to get another year.[LNB]"Now, we're scared that they will walk away and go somewhere else if we don't tie them up into long deals.[LNB]"Half the time, you give them long deals and they don't deserve long deals, because they're not good enough to have long deals.[LNB]"They've not done anything; they've not proved anything.[LNB]"Half of them probably never will prove anything but we give them long contracts for the fear of losing them."[LNB]He added: "When you're dealing with top players, it's a difficult one.[LNB]"When you're dealing with kids, I personally would take a chance on losing them.[LNB]"If they don't want to stay at your club, well okay, fine."[LNB]One former Tottenham teenager Redknapp will not be letting go in a hurry is man-of-the-moment Gareth Bale.[LNB]Wales winger Bale was today still basking in his sensational San Siro hat-trick against Inter Milan on Wednesday that elevated him to superstar status overnight.[LNB]"He'll look back on that, surely, in years to come - and what an achievement," said Redknapp, who hopes the 21-year-old recovers from his amazing exploits in time for tomorrow's Premier League game with Everton.[LNB]"He's tired, the kid," Redknapp said.[LNB]"He had a couple of tough games for Wales and then, obviously, Saturday (against) Fulham, Wednesday night in the San Siro.[LNB]"He's nearly empty but, hopefully, there's still a little bit of petrol in there."[LNB]Redknapp immediately slapped a not-for-sale sign on Bale after Wednesday night's 4-3 Champions League defeat and he revealed today he spoke to chairman Daniel Levy on the subject following the game.[LNB]He said: "Gareth has not got a value; he's not for sale. That's the key.[LNB]"I spoke with the chairman the other night."[LNB]While Bale may play tomorrow, others will be rested, with the likes of Rafael van der Vaart, Sandro and Wilson Palacios ready to relieve them.[LNB]"I will look to freshen it up a little bit tomorrow, with one or two changes," Redknapp said.[LNB]"We have got some players who are desperate to play: the boy Sandro, Wilson Palacios; they're top players and they're available.[LNB]"Rafa's back again tomorrow."[LNB]The game against David Moyes' resurgent Everton comes barely 48 hours after Spurs arrived back from Milan.[LNB]Redknapp was philosophical about the 12.45pm kick-off, saying: "It could've been worse; it could've been away. We've got no excuses.[LNB]"We're playing a good team tomorrow.[LNB]"They had a little dodgy start; they've had a dodgy start last couple of years but, every year, David pulls them up.[LNB]"They end up either getting into Europe or pushing for European places.[LNB]"He's built a very difficult team to beat. They'll be up there again at the end of the year."

Source: Team_Talk