Originally Posted by aidan24326
That would be the crux of it really imo. He wouldn't be on big money* at Norwich either, so like you say he would not be heading towards a cushy retorement like most PL players of his age. He's entitled to look out for his own financial future at this stage and if another club were willing to offer him a lot more money then he's entitled to want to leave.
*He signed when they were in League 1 so he could actually be on fairly crap money by PL standards (though I think clubs have to automatically give players a certain percentage rise when they get promoted to Prem Lge - is that correct?) even with that rise he'd still be on poor enough money compared to the PL average, which is now 22K/wk. I doubt he's on anything close to 22K, probably more like 10-12
Apparently he's on 16k a week (http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...-wage-row.html
, usual sun Caveats apply)
Unless he's been careful with money to date, he'll need two years on 20k p/w (£1m per year, you can half that for tax) to build up a £1m nest egg. That might sound like a lot, but stretched out over the 40 or so years he'll still have to get by for, it's only £25,000 a year. True, you can buy a house outright and save quite a bit with that, but then there's inflation eating into his nest egg. He really needs a contract of that order to guarantee a reasonably comfortable, middle class existence.
He might find work in coaching or another field, but that's never guaranteed. And for every lad who'll never have to worry about money after football, there's a 35+-year-old out looking for work with no qualifications and no experience. Having played more at the lower end of the professional circuit, he's probably keenly aware of that.
Edit: Though I think most clubs would be happy to take a punt on 20k a week, I'd like to see him work stuff out with Norwich.