isappointed Leeds midfielder and defender
has taken a parting shot at Dennis
Wise after joining the Oldham Athletic on
loan until January 1 2007.
Gregan was speaking to the official Oldham
website when he said:
"All the doors have closed for me at Leeds. Dennis
told everyone they had a chance, but I was soon called
in and told I was not in his plans. The
conversation lasted about 30 seconds."
Gregan has been classed as too old at 32, although I can't say the
'give yoof' a chance approach has particularly
made any impression on me so far. We covered
Wise's comments on Gregan in an earlier
article. Gregan continued with defensive remarks that bear an
uncanny resemblance to the thoughts expressed
by Chris Hudson in his
article of 3 November on this website:
I was a regular last season - and the team's
record speaks for itself and is there in
black and white - there's no point arguing
with the manager's decision."
Sean was correct that there is no point in arguing with a manager
that has such close ties to his Chairman.
Nonetheless it is disappointing to see
a manager of a club in dire financial straits
get rid of a player, who was a regular
in a season where we reached the play-offs,
without giving him a chance to prove himself
on the pitch. The only obvious factor for
the decision is his age - 32! Frankly Dennis
Wise is making rod for his own back with
these decisions; whoever he brings into
the club had better be able to make a strong
central defensive partnership with Butler
as Gregan did.
Gregan magnanimously concluded his remarks
with: "However, I wish the lads well, and I hope they can get
out of trouble".