LIFE'S TOUGH BEING THE KOP'S SPICE BOY! SAYS STEVE MCMANAMAN.Steve McManaman Steven "Steve" McManaman (born 11 February, 1972, in Liverpool, England) is an English former footballer of the 1990s and early 2000s, who played as a midfielder in a career spanning two of European Football's biggest club football sides in Liverpool F.C. and Real Madrid. would happily have turned his back on his loathed `Spice Boy' image for a pounds 12million Barcelona adventure.
1. A lobscouse.
a. often Scous·er A native or resident of Liverpool, England.
b. often Scouse The dialect of English spoken in Liverpool. McManaman, target of jibes that he is part of Anfield's soft centre, wanted to prove that he is tough enough and professional enough to thrive in the most brutal league in the world.
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McManaman, like all his Anfield pals, detests the `Spice Boy' jibes and suggestions that he was never fully committed (Law) committed to prison for trial, in distinction from being detained for examination.
See also: Fully to the Liverpool cause.
"There has been so much rubbish talked about the so-called Spice Boys," he says. "It's all nonsense.
"If you believe all you hear, there's a group of Liverpool players more interested in the high life and the catwalk than the football pitch. Naturally I was included in this group.
"If I close my eyes and listen, I can hear people saying `Footballers these days are more like pop stars'. But that's ridiculous. We're professional sportsmen. We have to train, be fit and look after ourselves. Otherwise we couldn't play at the top level.
"Footballers have become far more high-profile during the past 10 years. We're recognised far more and we end up on the news pages as well as the sports pages sports pages npl → páginas fpl deportivas because of our celebrity.
"Because of this scrutiny, we're under more pressure than ever. "But the fact is that players don't have much time for things apart from football.
"Jamie Redknapp Jamie Frank Redknapp (born June 25, 1973 in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire) is a well-known former English footballer of the 1990s and early 2000s and current football pundit with Sky Sports.
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"The Liverpool lads haven't been out together as a group since last Christmas. The old Liverpool teams used to have regular club days out. We don't do that."
The fact that McManaman's agent also happens to be Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller hasn't helped him play down the comparisons.
A move to the take-no-prisoners world of Spanish football would have been the making of McManaman and help him shake off persistent claims that he cannot cope with the close attentions of a man marker.