Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rodger Is Tired of the Hard Sell

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rodger Is Tired of the Hard Sell

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OF the 242 professional footballers currently out of work it is reasonable to assume that more than a few wile away their time watching television. Well, there's Sky Sports for a start. And that new movie channel's pretty good too.

But not many ex-pros will cheerfully own up to watching the shopping channel on cable television to see how the family breadwinner is getting on.

Of course, this is not a situation that Simon Rodger regards as ideal but, as of now, watching his wife Alison Young further her broadcasting career is the best way to keep busy until he gets the opportunity to get back to some business of his own.

The 31-year-old former Crystal Palace midfielder left Selhurst Park in the summer after 12 years and 288 games. Since then he has scoured the map of lower-league football, training at Woking, Farnborough and Swindon, but as of now he is without a club.

That means Alison has stepped into his boots as chief wageearner in the Rodger household.

She told Standard Sport: "When I found out in May that Simon was being released it was a terrible shock, but we were getting married a few weeks later so I had to concentrate on that.

"The good news is that there's no emotional or financial pressure for Simon to take an offer that's not right for him. With my work we're coping absolutely fine, which means we're in a much better position than some of the other poor footballers."

YOUNG has been a presenter on QVC - the BBC of shopping channels - for nine years.

Before that she ran her own beauty farm.

She said: "Although Simon's one of the strongest players out there and has a good reputation as a footballer and a person, the ITV Digital collapse means that no one can afford him. We've had lots of clubs interested from Europe, the north of England and the Scottish Premier League, but they all need to let players go before they can bring Simon in.

"It's very difficult even marketing yourself to other clubs these days as the agents are struggling.

There's not been much movement this summer, so agents have cut back on secretaries and offices, which makes it difficult. …

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