PlayerWatch: Sir Alan Sugar called them "total scum" and said "most of them would be in prison" if they weren't playing the game. We agree, in fact everyone does apart from Chief Apologist Gordon Taylor of the PFA and surprise, surprise, other footballers! To prove the point we'll be keeping an eye on their behaviour over the next year.
Sir Alan, 57, said:
"They don't know what honesty or loyalty is. They're the biggest scum that walks on this planet and, if they weren't football players, most of them would be in prison.
"Don't believe a word that comes out of their mouths. All they're interested in is themselves. If something doesn't go right, they'll stab you in the back."
Sir Alan, still owns 13 per cent of Spurs. Last night Sun columnist and (surprise!) former professional footballer Chris Waddle blasted the attack.
Waddle, 44, said:
"He's a wealthy man who has made his money outside of football and clearly doesn't understand how the game works. What Alan Sugar knows about football you could write on the back of a postage stamp." But we could write on the head of a pin what Waddle knows about high finance compared to Sugar who made £700,000,000 after starting selling aerials from the back of his van as a teenager. Waddle made sausages in a factory.
Gary Mabbutt, Spurs captain during Sir Alan's time in charge, said:
"It's hard to take these comments seriously." Well, Gary, not if you're a punter paying £100 to take your two kids to see a bunch of morally dubious, ego-centric, over-paid, prima donnas, dive, spit, cheat, bully, kick, headbut, threaten and swear their way through 90 minutes of distinctly average entertainment.