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Harewood reveals Blackpool players must take care of own boots, training kit

Marlon Harewood has revealed how Blackpool's players have to take care of their own boots - and training kit!

The former Aston Villa striker says he welcomes the change.

"The first thing I did after signing was walk into the dressing room, where I found all the lads looking up at me and grinning," he told the Daily Mail.

"I'd just stepped through the door when one of them said, 'Did they mention anything about washing your kit?'

"I shook my head, and the next thing was, 'Oh yeah, and boots as well. You don't get any of the kids doing it for you here. You take them home and give them a good clean yourself'.

"They were being serious but enjoying winding me up and seeing what my reaction would be. I just said, 'No, I didn't know that, but it's OK. I'm cool with that, guys. No problem'. I meant it, too. I'm all in favour of down to earth.

"On match days, you are just responsible for your boots. The club look after the strip. But after training, you pack your boots and kit into your bag, take them home and make sure they are ready for the next session. I don't know what they would make of it at other Premier League clubs, but nobody bats an eyelid here.

"I think it actually gives you pride in your appearance and a sense that you're in touch with reality. It was probably an economy measure down in the lower divisions, but I've a feeling it's been kept on as a way of keeping everyone grounded.

"That's the gaffer all over. Nobody thinks they are better than anyone else here. He does his homework on signings and makes sure they have the character to fit in, as well as ability.

"He is surrounded by level-headed people and won't stand for any airs and graces. That suits me, even if it means a few extra chores, once we are in our new house in Lytham."

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