Neville hits out at mollycoddled stars
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United veteran Gary Neville has hit out at fellow professional footballers who allow their agents to make all their decisions for them.
"I think a footballer should sit down and negotiate with a club, even if his agent is sitting with him. It's in a player's best interests to be there and see what's going on.
"The idea of allowing someone to look after your financial and professional existence is something I can't agree with.
"There are some agents who do a good job looking after players but there are others who stifle and mollycoddle players.
"Some agents will come into a player's life when he's 20, leave his life at 34 and never want to know that player again. Every footballer needs an adviser at some point.
"But a player doesn't need to pay between five and 15 per cent of his wages to a guy to set up a bank account, buy him a new fridge, or ask his club's chief executive for a pay rise."
The former England international defender has followed Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson's recent comments at last week's League Managers' Association dinner by supporting the Scot's claims players do not live in the real world and were "cocooned" by their agents.
Neville told the Manchester Evening News: "I completely agree with his sentiments. It's one of my pet hates when I see players who have agents that do everything for them.
"They don't know how to set up their own bank account, they don't know what they're spending their money on and they can't make their own decisions.
"Not every player is like that, but some are now totally dependent on agents and advisers. For me, life is an education and you learn things as you go through it.