AS the football season draws to a close, hundreds of Premier League players have taken temporary jobs in supermarkets.
Mark Noble of West Ham United said: “I’m doing the cheese counter at Morrisons on Saturdays. Like my mum always says, it gets me out of the house.”
Noble’s teammate Jussi Jaaskelainen will join the meat and fish team at Sainsbury’s, while Stewart Downing has just been appointed assistant trolley collector at Lidl.
Downing said: “It’s good to have something different on my CV, and anyway, hanging around a parking lot in Dagenham is a lot more enjoyable than playing football for Sam Allardyce.”
Not all players will spend the summer at supermarkets. Roberto Soldado has got some shifts at the Old Red Lion, while Theo Walcott will do some filing at his dad’s IT firm.
Ashley Cole may miss out entirely, however, after a planned holiday job in Brazil fell through at the last minute.