Queens Park Rangers under 16s academy coach Marc Bircham has reportedly imposed a ban on colourful boots.
Speaking to footyboots.com and reported by extrafootie.co.uk the former Rangers midfielder has placed a ban on boots sported by the likes of Wayne Routledge.
He said: ‘It has been proven that if a winger wears coloured football boots it is easier for a full-back to pick them up than if they are wearing black boots. [But] That`s not why we banned them. We just don`t want the players getting too flash!’
‘The players have to do jobs like clean the senior pros` boots – things that I had to do when I started as a youth player here, back in 1994,’ he continued.
‘Academies have stopped doing that sort of thing, but we think it gives players a sense of discipline.
‘We have some old-school ideas – like punishments for lateness and insisting they do jobs like cleaning – backed up with state of the art coaching techniques.’
From the under 9s to the under 18s level the players will have to sport a strict black boot policy in an attempt to keep their feet firmly rooted to the floor.
Players will have to earn the right to sport the boots of their first team colleagues, such as the in-form Wayne Routledge.
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