The word turncoat is described as ‘a person who shifts allegiance from one loyalty or ideal to another’ and in football, there’s plenty of them. They say there’s no such thing as loyalty in the game these days and certainly there’s some players or in fact managers out there who you couldn’t trust as far as you could throw them.
Some switch clubs as if they’re going out of fashion, or some jump ship at the first sign of trouble. There are also the wage mercenaries who would move to any club for the sake of an extra bob or two, and also those who play devil’s advocate with football’s fiercest rivalries. Crossing the divide between local enemies can often single you out as the target for vicious abuse from the opposition supporters, while your new home supporters may not take to you immediately either.
Considering the chaos that some of these moves can cause, there’s a surprisingly large number of footballing turncoats to choose from, highlighting just how money driven the modern game has become. Here’s 15 names who wouldn’t know recognise class or loyalty if it slapped them across the face.
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