Saturday, July 16, 2005

The price of loyalty

As the new football season approaches I am disturbed to see my club Manchester United in the news for all the wrong reasons.

The latest crazy news from Old Trafford is that Rio Ferdinand is apparently holding out on a new deal until he is offered £120,000 per week!!!

He has been offered £100.000 per week and he is allegedly saying he wants more.

This is the same player that was suspended from football for nine months due to failure to take part in a drug test. The club stood by him when many people in the game felt he had over stepped the mark and darkened the proud name of Manchester United.

The Manager Sir Alex Ferguson stood by Rio publicly and this is the repayment less than one year later.

It got me thinking about the price of loyalty and whether in fact there is loyalty any more.

Or is it simply that everyone is out to get as much as they can for themselves and to hell with everything else like ethics and a sense of duty to repay loyalty and faith shown in you.

As always since 1963 I will be an ardent fan of Manchester United for the coming season and I hope Rio Ferdinand will think very seriously about where his true loyalty should be.


felix gerena said...

Unfortunately these things are quite common in football. Players feel they are neccesary and they don´t care about the others, be they coach, team mates or supporters.

This is a clear example of selfishness.

Trevor Gay said...

I agree Felix - but then I see many players like Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes of Manchester United stay at one club for all their career - that is real loyalty :-)