Trevor Sinclair and Simon Jordan went head-to-head live on air in a fierce row over on one of football’s highly debated topics – player wages.
And it didn’t disappoint, with both men standing their ground as the debate took a fiery turn from the offset.
The pair were discussing Phil Foden’s new proposed Man City contract which would reportedly see the 22-year-old England international earn £225,000-a-week.
The alleged figures didn’t seem to faze Sinclair, but Jordan appeared to be flabbergasted by the City star’s impending new salary.
Reacting to the news, Sinclair’s initial thoughts appeared to rattle Jordan and set the tone for the remainder of the discussion.
Sinclair said: “Listen it’s a short career; he’s the talent, he’s the star.”
The former Man City winger could barely finish his words before a perplexed Jordan hit back.
“Oh please Trevor, I can’t believe you trotted that out,” the White and Jordan host fumed. “It can afford to be a bleeding short career, it can afford to be three months!
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“The average person won’t earn what he earns in one year in 300.”
Sinclair: “I’m not saying he will”
Jordan: “Here’s the thing, people get fed up with and this is what I get fed up with – they don’t appreciate how fortunate they are. They walk around like impending doom, like the world’s on their shoulders. If it wasn’t for football some of these guys would be working in fast food restaurants, not that there’s anything wrong with working in a fast food restaurant.”
Sinclair: “I’m sure they appreciate their position.”
Jordan: “But £10million a year is unbelievable.”
Sinclair: “I know it’s unbelievable, but you look at how much money football is generating.”
Jordan: “For whom? For the players.”
Sinclair: “For the game.”
Jordan: “For the players.”
Sinclair: “Well rightly so, they’re the stars.”
Jordan: “But the game itself is unsustainable. We can’t allow this nonsense to be trotted out in football; ‘it’s a short career’ that has got to be stopped, it’s nonsense. Every career is short, nobody has a job for life.”
Retired striker Simon Cox – formerly of Nottingham Forest, West Brom, Swindon and Southend – even got in on the debate as he reacted on social media.
Sinclair: “Simon, you said you don’t mind top quality players getting rewarded top quality money. Phil Foden falls into that jurisdiction, so be quiet.”
Jordan: “That’s fair enough, but I’m pulling you up on the idea that people have to accept this nonsense which discredits your own argument that it’s a short career. Nobody has a long career in life, nobody’s job is guaranteed. The average footballer has a 12-year career so don’t keep saying it’s a short career.”
Expect more fireworks when Graeme Souness joins Jim White and Simon Jordan from 10am on Monday August 8.
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