Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Beardsley Didn't Need Any Bling; Kids Need to Keep It Real If They Are Going to Make It

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Beardsley Didn't Need Any Bling; Kids Need to Keep It Real If They Are Going to Make It

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Byline: The Last Word Neil Cameron reveals what's getting under his skin this week

KIDS today, eh.

What are they like with their silly clothes, bad music and boundless enthusiasm that life hasn't kicked out of them yet.

They don't know they're born. In my day, we only had three TVs in the house. I bet today's ungrateful and spoiled youth can't even imagine that.

Actually, that is a gross exaggeration.

In all honesty, I am glad that I'm not a teenager today.

There are no jobs, it costs a fortune to go to university or college and back in the day, when someone dumped you, all that happened was they sent you a Dear John letter or their pal delivered the bad news.

Nowadays it goes on Facebook and Twitter so the entire world knows how ugly you are.

But there are some young people who are hard to warm to. Alas, they tend to play football for a living.

Now before we go on, it is idiocy to generalise and there are, of course, plenty of 16-year-old boys who take being a professional footballer seriously.

They train hard, listen to what their coaches say and make the necessary sacrifices that are needed to make it to the top.

That's what Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard did when they were starting out - and they haven't done too badly.

But in this job you hear some horror stories about kids who after one game in the reserves act as if they are Cristiano Ronaldo.

At the Newcastle training ground, you need to walk past the players' cars to get to the place where Press conferences are held.

There are some very nice motors, as you would expect.

One caught my eye in a car park full of bling. It was like a tank.

It belonged to (I'll leave his name out) a fringe player who has spent more time on loan than at Newcastle.

And yet he drives about in a car that Jay Z would probably feel excessive.

I know that this lad's attitude has been questioned by the Newcastle youth coaches, even if his talent has not. …

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