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Sullivan Speaks On Pennant Transfer

Sullivan Speaks On Pennant Transfer

David Sullivan has said Blues could not keep Jermaine Pennant at the club against his will.

'Had we not accepted Liverpool's offer, there is no doubt his head would have gone down.

'We must have players who want to play for the club and we couldn't afford to have an unhappy Jermaine staying here once the bid got to a certain level.'

Liverpool have agreed to pay an initial £6.7million for the player, and it is set to rise to nearer £8 million depending on clauses.

'We've said 'no' to them all summer. We made it clear what the situation was but they decided to pay more or less what we wanted.

'We would have liked to have kept him but we also have to be realistic.

'Even before I got to the training ground on Tuesday he was out there sunning himself on his own. He knew things were going on through his agent and his mind was elsewhere.

'Liverpool can give him the chance to win things, European football and probably the opportunity to double his wages. So he's not going to want to stay here, is he?

'It's the same sort of thing with Neil Danns. Colchester United were not going to be able to stand in his way of bettering himself.

'The bottom line was that he wanted to play in the Premiership and the deal was good for everyone.

'We need to score more goals and he only got four last season, which contributed to our relegation.

'We are pursuing players, we have bids in, we are trying hard, what we don't want to do, however, is sign some guy from Timbuktu who is a complete write-off.

'We have put in 13 offers for different players but a combination of clubs not wanting to sell and players not wanting to come into the Championship has made the job really difficult.

'But there will definitely be more quality additions to the squad before the start of the season.

'We must have players who want to be here, they must want to contribute and do well for us, especially on a cold, wet night at Southend.

'What this (Pennant's sale) means is that I wouldn't think anyone else will be leaving.'


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Date:Saturday July 29 2006
Time: 6:26PM

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I think everyone knew that once we were relegated we would lose the likes of Pennant and Heskey.. but I think saying that his lack of goals contributed to our relegation is harsh on him. He played out wide, I think people like Heskey and Suttons failure to hit the net had far more bearing on the situation.
lil_blues_fan
31/07/2006 09:37:00
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Think that's a bit of sour grapes on Sullivans part. As you say you would hardly expect a wideman to be leading goalscorer and Sullivans anger at relegation would be better aimed elsewhere. Pennant didn't do much wrong, it's hardly his fault if people couldn't do their jobs. He's left happily enough and given us a great big profit. Would've been nice if he'd have stayed obviously, but you can't have everything.
Blackeye
31/07/2006 16:43:00
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I agree if the player wants to play elsewhere and the other club want him then what is the point in keeping a player that obviously would not be giving 100%, however in this case I would have thought that JP would show a bit of loyalty to a club that has stood by him when other clubs would'nt have!
sidyid
04/08/2006 11:00:00
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