Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe has courted controversy this week by claiming the wages collected by Premier League stars such as Chelsea and England captain John Terry are "obscene" - remarks that have infuriated Chelsea, but he has refused to back down despite being forced to admit the figures he quoted were overblown.
O´Neill, when asked for his opinions on the matter, told BBC Sport: "I do not begrudge the top-quality players getting well paid and I don´t care what era you happen to be in. I haven´t got a major problem with that, what I do is the follow-on from that, that the very average players are getting well paid and that has been a bit of a problem."
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