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Is there any loyalty left in football?

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In this day and age many argue that footballer's and manager's main focus is on their weekly salary and who can provide them with the biggest cheque. 

To an extent, this is nothing new as there have always been mercenary footballers who have joined teams for the sole purpose of making money with Maradona's transfer to Napoli springing immediately to mind. 

However, the trend is far more apparent nowadays which is worrying for English football.

Players like Ryan Giggs and Jamie Carragher are the last of a diminishing generation who are proud to play for a single club their entire careers, unlike now when younger players are immediately enticed by the prospect of trophies and money. 

They should remain at the club that offered them their chance. Without them, they may not have even become footballers, due to the plethora of youngsters who have the quality but are never granted the opportunity. 

It is my hoping that the current trend will be reversed and players will realise how good they have it at one particular club and remain there for the majority of their career. 

Obviously it is understandable if an individual is being "underpaid", but then again the salaries are extortionate as it is. Take examples like Arshavin who could become the world's highest paid player on a rumoured £400,000 per week should he leave for the Azerbaijan Premier League. 

Samuel Eto'o is further proof of the mercenary attitudes of footballers currently, with his sensational move to Anzhi Makhachkala.

The cut-throat nature of football in this respect can also be seen in the lack of loyalty directors have for managers, and managers for their clubs. 

Look at the way in which Chelsea have systematically removed any manager who do not fit the precise role set out for them. Then you see managers who leave their clubs in the lurch in the hunt for an even greater wage packet.

One can compare this to the ways of the past when players and managers really respected their clubs and were responded to in the same manner. Look at Sir Alex Ferguson. Given time, he was able to build one of the most formidable and exciting clubs in modern football. He never once felt the need to leave and look at all that he achieved.

There are glimmers of hope as Wenger continues to serve his club with indomitable loyalty, a trait which is to be massively admired. There still remains some players who serve their club year, upon year, such as, Casillas, Messi, Lahm, Giggs, to name but a few. 

Players and managers should only leave their club by mutual consent and when they have gone as far as they can before that team is outgrown. 


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