Old Man Sheringham Worries About The Kids Today
Teddy Sheringham is a great footballer. Still. There's no denying it. But there's also no denying he's 41 and when you get to that age, you start to get a bit cantankerous.
Hence his statements about there being a gambling 'problem' in football. I'm not trying to dismiss the issue, it's just that Teddy Sheringham is far from the ideal person to highlight it. And his comments read more like 'well, of course, in my day, we could handle it and still become top class footballers...not like the kids now'.
He is quoted saying :
"It's a problem, especially for youngsters coming into the game. They have so much money and so much time on their hands that they don't know what to do with it."
"You must be disciplined. My main focus was on being a professional footballer."
This is the same Teddy Sheringham that appears on TV playing tournament poker against professional players and reaches the final table? Yup, that Teddy Sheringham.
If there is a gambling problem within football, a guy who has obviously been playing poker for many years, is good at it and is the oldest ever Premiership footballer is not exactly the perfect person to highlight it.