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Notts County's Paul Ince slams modern football trends


Ince sees change in footballers attitude

Former England captain Paul Ince has condemned Premier League footballers who wear snoods, baseball caps turned sideways, headphones - and tights.

"Back in my time, and I sound old now, it was black and white boots and that was it," the Notts County boss told Midlands Late Kick Off.

"Now you've got snoods, people wearing headphones when they are doing interviews, which I find disrespectful, pink boots, green boots, you name it they've got it, tights - they'll be wearing skirts next.

"You try to bring your kids up the right way and I think somewhere down the line managers have got to come together and say: 'Listen if you are doing interviews, you don't wear headphones, no hats, no silly stuff like that'. I don't think it's the way football should be played. We should all, as a managers' union, come together and stop all this. It's getting ridiculous I'm afraid.

"I'm sick and tired of seeing players, even when it's mild weather, wearing tights and these things [snoods] around their necks. It's not right.

"You see players coming off the buses with earphones around their ears. What ever happened to the art of conversation? You go into the changing room and they've all got their headphones on listening to their own bit of music. When I was at Inter Milan we used to have dinner together and talk together for two to three hours getting to know one another."

Ince, now 43, played for West Ham, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Wolves, Swindon and Macclesfield, where he was player-manager.

He has also managed MK Dons twice, Blackburn and now Notts County.

The interview will be aired on Midlands Late Kick Off with Dan Walker at 2315 GMT on Monday, 28 February on BBC One.

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see also
Snoods may be banned in football
04 Feb 11 |  Football
Wenger hits back in snood debate
10 Dec 10 |  Premier League
Ince warns Notts County players
22 Nov 10 |  Notts County

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