Date: 6th December 2006 at 12:29am
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Chris Sutton has recently spoken of his “impetuous” decision to turn down an England “B” call-up eight years ago. Head Rover Heels cites this scenario as a factor in our relegation.

One of the things that got me really disillusioned this – Sutton’s snub for the England B team. I actually think that the problem with Rovers after we won the Premiership was that we were so filled with workshys that we were destined to go down.

After the industrious players that filled our ranks, all working for each other and giving everything they had no matter how limited that was (Mark Atkins being a prime example) we filled the squad with lightweight prima donnas, who wanted the glory, the fame and the wages, but didn’t want to put much effort in for it.

For me, Sutton was the prime example of this. This was one of the early turning points in footballers believing that the world owed them a living, and the reason that our England set up is so poor at the moment.

Sutton was one of the first to point out that he didn’t care about the national side or even about putting in the effort and digging in at club level all within the space of a year. By shunning the honour of playing for the national side (albeit the ‘b’ team) he proved that he didn’t want to work to gain his goals, and merely only wanted the freebies.

Pathetic! If we had shipped out the similar journeymen and freeloaders sooner, maybe we wouldn’t have been relegated.

This article was written by Head Rover Heels.

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5 Replies to “Sutton Aided Rovers Rise?and Fall?”

  • If people put in the graft they get the rewarded (usually!), if they don’t make an example of them and club (and country) won’t get in the mess they often can. No one player is bigger than a club (ask those who have crossed Sir Alex!) so if people are aware of this the prima donnas will leave the game.

  • I was never a big Sutton fan but the season before we went down he was on fire and really took over teh mantle as rovers best striker. The season we went down he had a lot of injury problems so he couldn;t be blamed. Don’t forget we made a 4m profit on him… which helped when we went down.

  • I’d never really given his England snub that much thought really and never really looked at things the way HRH has, but when I did and thought about it I could see what his point was and it made sense (especially when explained further in the forum – check out the link)

  • If you read my comments on the forum, i’m not questioning his talent at all – He had a good partnership with Shearer and was a major part of our success at times – My complaint is with his stance on the England selection, and has a possible knock on effect with his later performances at Rovers. His refusal to play for England struck me as the action of a quitter, one that was happy to take the glory (and he created a lot of it) when things were going well, but when things got a bit sticky he lacked the drive to work through it. Undoubtably a great talent, if only his desire to succeed in the face of adversity matched his ability.

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