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Steve Bruce has admitted he 'kicked in the teeth' of Martin Taylor by bringing Upson straight back into the team.

And despite refuting that the move was purely to put Upson in the shop window, you can't seriously believe it was for any other reason than that.

Speaking to the local press the boss said:

'Sometimes in football you have to make decisions that will hurt, Martin Taylor has probably produced his best nine or 10 games, whatever it is, since he's been at the club.

'You can imagine how difficult it was to make a decision like that.

'Matt Upson is arguably our best player and the team benefits from someone like him. He's an England centre-half and naturally left-sided.

'Tiny was very unfortunate to find himself left out. I cannot thank him highly enough for his contribution since I brought him back into the team at Derby County.

'But in management, this kind of thing is the hardest part, doing that to someone who is reliable, dependable, never lets you down, trains every day, never causes you a problem.

'You have to disappoint them, kick them in the teeth if you like. But he took it like I expected him to take it - like a man.'

Ok fair enough Upson was in good form when he entered the England team but calling him an England international at every available point is as stupid as the Vile calling McCann or Hendrie England internationals.

A cap or two, training with the squad does not make somebody an international and it's highly unlikely Upson will play for England again unless the usual picks are decimated with injury.

A move like this may generate more interest in Upson as clubs see he has recovered fitness but how can anyone expect any loyalty from players when the manager can't show any. What message does this move send to other players, that the team isn't picked on merit?

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Date:Tuesday December 5 2006

Time: 12:34PM

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Spot on, as far as I am concerned a shameless attempt to talk up the price just as Upson's own comments probably came straight from the club press office. For England Upson has played 7 times, against South Africa (45 mins), Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia, Croatia (30 mins), Liechtenstein, Denmark and Spain (30 mins). Add to that the fact that his last appearance was more than two years ago, calling him an England centre half is certainly stretching a point and sounds like your typical St Andrews spin. All that said, if he's already decided he wants to go then I'm all for the club doing everything they can to secure the best possible price. They seem to be fairly good at it, after all who would pay 6.7M for Pennant now?
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05/12/2006 14:59:00

Fair enough on the talking up, but why deny it. Why should Taylor suffer for it? And more importantly if a silly little fan like me can see it's nonsense experienced managers interested in Upson will know it's nonsense aswell so at the end of the day it won't make a blind bit of difference. As you say the club have shown they can negotiate a good deal (Pennant, Heskey) so there's no need for this pratting about.
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06/12/2006 10:00:00

Pennant is and was S***. Good riddance for you guys. His barnet rivals only David James in comedic triumph! Let Upson go....he's a 4m cert' for either, Villa, Hotspur, Newcastle or West Ham....
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