Life in the United States will be 'hell' for David Beckham, according to Rodney Marsh.
Beckham is set to embark on a new stage in his career after agreeing a five-year contract with Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy.
Marsh moved to the States in the 1970s to play for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League, a fore-runner of MLS, and believes the huge amounts of travelling involved in playing away matches in the US will be nothing like what Beckham has been used to in England and in Spain.
'David's life is going to be hell in America,' Marsh told the Mail on Sunday.
'He won't know what's hit him. Every other week, you have to make a road trip for away games. That does not mean a 200-mile trip up the motorway in England or Spain. It requires travelling 4,000 miles to play the New England Revolution, and there tends to be a second away game on the road.
'Over a four-day period, you can fly almost 9,000 miles and play twice. Do that four or five times, factoring in time changes, training and media engagements, and it becomes very wearing.
'Other aspects he won't understand until he gets here is the fact that the referees are next to useless and offer little protection from young men who will be looking to make a name for themselves at David's expense.'