Thursday 19 September 2019

Carr hits back as Bradley insists striker 'had to go'

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo: Sportsfile
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo: Sportsfile

John Fallon

The war of words has escalated between Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley and Dan Carr over the striker's shock switch to Apollon Limassol.

While the Hoops are enjoying the best of Bradley's three full campaigns at the helm, keeping on the coat-tails of leaders Dundalk and hurdling a round in the Europa League, Carr's exit wasn't envisaged.

Unlike most transfers involving exports to bigger leagues, the relationship between player and seller didn't end well.

The Rovers boss insists the English-born striker's spell at Tallaght was over once negotiations with the player's agent hit a wall last week. The manager's stance was firm despite Carr still having 18 months remaining on his contract.

"Dan's representatives spoke really poorly of our club in a conversation last week," said Bradley.

"We don't want anyone here that doesn't want to play and Dan didn't want to play.

Unfortunately

"People have to buy into what we're doing and where we're going as a team. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for Dan. He felt he was bigger than the club.

"I didn't see it coming because I got on well with Dan. But once that conversation with his agent happened, there was no way back.

"I had a very simple discussion with our director of football Stephen McPhail. Dan had to go; simple as that."

The Cypriots, conquerors over Rovers in the Europa League last month, wrapped up the transfer for a small fee over the weekend but Carr disputed Bradley's version of events.

"What a load of bollocks!" he wrote on his Twitter account.

"Never once thought I was bigger than this club that gave me so much! Always gave my all for the club and will always be a part of me! Very untrue and disrespectful!"

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