The point was, pre-season we couldn't fund the replacements until those players were gone.
Yes, however, thats undoubtedly quite common in football. They are still professionals, you keep them involved and ready for action when needed, and if someone had come in, all the better.
Publicly sidelining them just made it look like we'd take anything to get rid of them, and upset the players themselves as well
Not a case of having a load of sympathy for Gunter and co, its just the practicalities of what Gomes did was wrong. It'd have been interesting to see what would have happened had we not had that last minute splurge mind you
I agree here
Every manager has their own ethos and way of taking the club forward and I sympathise with his thoughts that they weren’t going to fit in, whilst not necessarily agreeing. However, you treat them as humans and not as prisoners, which IMO was his worst mistake. You’d have thought Gunter and McCleary would have close ties with players at the club who wouldn’t exactly be enthusiastic at the way they’d been treated
In addition, I also wouldn’t have sold Kelly in pre season but I know I’m in a small minority here so won’t dwell too much on that. However, selling him for nothing, whichever way you look at him, was really poor
We can't have it both ways though. We say we want a pathway for Academy players so if a manager wants to work with a leaner squad who misses out? Barrett/Howe/Loader/Olise or Gunter/McCleary/Baldock ? Even then as Baldock demonstrated there was still an opportunity in exceptional circumstances to get back in.
Also to quote an old HNA trope , I'd have driven any or all of the sidelined players wherever they wanted if it mean't we could have got Oliveira in the summer. And I don't even drive