London, Nov 23(ANI): Manchester United defender Gary Neville has criticized Premier League's millionaire stars for wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds a year on agents.
Neville's comment comes days after manager Sir Alex Ferguson blasted top-footballers, branding them 'cocooned'.
"I completely agree with his (Ferguson) sentiments. It is one of my pet hates when I see players who have agents that do everything for them. They don't know how to set up their own bank account, they don't know what they're spending their money on and they can't make their own decisions," The Sun quoted Neville, as saying.
"Not every player is like that, but some are totally dependent on agents and advisers. A footballer should sit down and negotiate with a club, even if his agent is sitting with him. It is in a player's best interests to be there and see what is going on," he added.
The 34-year-old also revealed that some of the players pay up to 15 per cent of their wages to their agents, which means that a 100,000 pounds-a-week player would pay an agent 15,000 pounds per week.
He further said the idea of allowing someone to look after your financial and professional existence is something that he does not agree with.
"Some agents do a good job, but there are others who stifle and mollycoddle players. Some agents will come into a player's life when he is 20, leave his life at 34 and never want to know him again," Neville said.
"Every footballer needs an adviser at some point. But a player doesn't need to pay between five and 15 per cent of his wages to a guy to set up a bank account, buy him a new fridge, or ask his club's chief executive for a pay rise," he added.(ANI)