Moyes plight proves player power will always call the shots
Published 01/03/2014 | 02:30
Some years ago, Niall Quinn told me the story of a Sunderland footballer who decided he'd had enough of life in England's north-east. His desire to get a transfer was articulated by the virtual downing of tools.
In pre-season, the player barely broke sweat, strolling through sessions with the urgency of a swaying oak tree. Heart monitors measured individual energy expenditure and, in his case, he could have been out walking an arthritic dog.
Manager and team-mates fumed, because – deep down – they knew precisely where this was leading to. He was one of the club's bigger earners and someone, thus, who knew that his talent had a market.