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Tottenham boss Redknapp: If you do not want to be role-model - get out of football

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says Premiership footballers need to accept they're role-models for the public.

Although unwilling to be drawn into the John Terry debate, the Tottenham manager was keen to remind today's generation of players that with the huge wage packets goes an enormous responsibility to behave in an exemplary fashion on and off the field.

"If they don't want to be role models they shouldn't be in football," said Redknapp.

"Kids look up to them and wear their shirts, they are in the public eye and they get very well paid to be in the public eye. When we were kids, we all idolised footballers and it's no different now. There has to be standards. Footballers are young men, but they are role models - they have to set the right examples."

Redknapp conceded there is only so much a manager can do to ensure their players behave and called on agents to take a more active role.

He said: "You can't be with them 24 hours a day. They've all got agents now, who they pay fortunes to, who are supposed to be helping them. But most agents only turn up when their players are signing a new contract and they want their cut of the deal."

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