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Redknapp: Youngsters are on Easy Street
24 Oct 2010 - 14:05:03
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes money is ruining the motivation of youngsters at top clubs.
Redknapp has spoken out on the state of the game following a turbulent week at Manchester United involving Wayne Rooney.
The England striker signed a new five-year contract on Friday after performing a dramatic U-turn.
The 24-year-old had initially requested to leave Old Trafford in a statement which sent shockwaves through world football.
The role Rooney's advisors played in the saga has been criticised and now Redknapp has had his say on the subject of agents.
"The biggest problem for me is the kids," he told The Mail on Sunday.
"They've all got agents, they've all got long contracts. When I began in the game, then after I became a manager, it was usual for a youngster to be given a one-year contract, at most two.
"At the end of the season, you went to see the manager and you either got a new deal or were released. Nowadays, kids at clubs like Tottenham and elsewhere get four or five-year contracts for crazy money.
"They get their feet under the table, go and buy a big car and get a nice few grand a week. Where's the incentive for them to practice, work hard or dedicate themselves?
"They're on Easy Street. But they're stuck on long contracts for fear if they do become any good you could lose them. There are the odd ones who have the proper desire, but there is so much wastage."