Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Prima Donnas. Your Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Prima Donnas. Your Say

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AFTER all the disappointments England has suffered since the 1966 World Cup victory, one would think that by now the media would be able to come up with a more novel excuse than "sack the manager".

Why sack a manager who, until the recent performance, was being hailed as the best thing since sliced bread? The team that was on the field was the one that the media themselves had pushed for. What about those overpaid prima donnas who turned up and then bottled it? In the diagnosis, the pundits are grasping at straws, blaming the English league fixtures, too many games, too much strain on the players and the introduction of too many foreign imports.

They miss the most important factor of all.

What is really killing our game is player power.

Too many prima donnas who spit out their dummies at the mention of discipline and would sooner face the camera than the truth. They wallow in the role of celebrities while blaming their failings on others.

As for the excuse of too many league games, some players in other World Cup teams that did well come from English teams as far down as the second division and it didn't seem to affect them. …

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