Simon Jordan's excellent fortnightly column in The Observer offers a fan/owner's view of some of the things that are wrong with modern football. This week it's spoilt players:
The wider issue, though, is addressing the source of the problem: the over-protection of players through weak management and nannying. Last April a Fulham player liaison officer told the papers about some of his tasks. He said he'd been called out to Alain Goma's house because 'Goma's goldfish was swimming in the wrong direction'. He'd been called to rescue a player lost on the London Underground ('he was helpless'). He'd been called out by Fabrice Fernandes who kept waking up in the morning with a wet head, and discovered the player had been 'sleeping by an open window'.
You may not be surprised to hear that he has been charged by the Football Association in regard to something he said about referees. Top man.