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He must be joking.

Rangers manager Alex McLeish has banned his players from playing golf, going shopping and eyeing up fancy new motors.

He wants them to concentrate on playing football rather than flashing the cash around the High Street or the car showroom like the Toon's Kieron Dyer did on TV's Football Diaries.

Blimey, Alex, you could have opened a whole can of worms here, mate ( especially if other managers decide to follow your lead.

Imagine if Graeme Souness stops Patrick Kluivert going clubbing, Laurent Robert from drinking French champagne or Shola Ameobi and Titus Bramble from enjoying life in the very, very fast lane.

Or the hoo-ha if Sir Alex Ferguson banned Roy Keane from walking his dog.

Or Wayne Rooney from buying expensive presents ( the wonderkid would have to give the cash to fiancee Colleen instead and boy would she know how to spend it!

A flutter on the Aintree horses would cause more than the odd flutter for Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman if Kevin Keegan got his way.

However, we hope Channel Five won't stop presenter John Barnes from going clothes shopping ( his outfits are the most entertaining thing on the station by a mile!

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 19, 2004
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