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Bayo hints at Swansea Exit

Bayo hints at Swansea Exit

Swansea City Striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has hinted that he maybe forced to leave the club after contract negotiations have stalled.

Bayo is one of 4 out of contract players left to sign their contract extensions. There has been huge criticisms towards the club of the offers given to Iriekpen, Bayo, Monk and O Leary.

Iriekpen has blasted the club over the 1 year deals offered and has called it an 'Insult.'

Swansea City Striker Akinfenwa spoke to the Evening post on the contract difficulties :

''What will be will be, though negotiations with the club representatives haven't gone the way I would have wanted...maybe 'disrespectful' is too strong a word to use, but I don't feel appreciated in what has gone on, and for my own sake I have to be at a club that I know values me and will put faith in me to perform.

My heart has always been with the club, but things have soured recently so I will be deciding over the weekend whether my future is here...at the moment I really don't know, which is a shame because for a long time I wouldn't even have contemplated playing my football elsewhere.'


Reports have stated the striker has until tuesday to make a firm decision on his future. It is also widely thought that next week the futures of all the out of contract players will be resolved.

Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins in the swep on the out of contract players:


''If you are putting me on the spot, I would say that some of them might stay and some of them might go.

I suppose that just represents the way football is these days - everybody has got to make their decisions the way they see fit.

Every day we are trying to get conclusions because Roberto (Martinez) wants to push ahead and make decisions,"

"It's an unfortunate situation and one we need resolved as quickly as possible. But at present the agents are quite naturally exercising their right to take their time to see if they can find a better deal.

Roberto and I have both stated that we feel we have made fair offers considering that we weren't promoted last season and the position we're in,"

It's important now that we stick with that stance."'


Izzy Iriekpen has attracted interest from newly promoted Scunthorpe United and Leeds United in the past weeks and looks set to leave the club.

Kristian O Leary also looks likely to leave the club after 12 years with the club to play for League one Rivals Cheltenham Town. There is no word to where the destination of Garry Monk will eventually be.

It is an extremely frustrating situation indeed ; yes the club cannot be held to ransom over contracts nor can it afford to let talent go.

Iriekpen's sensational salvo at the club is another in a long line of incidents at the club stretching back to last season and the 1 Year contract was fair in this case.

Bayo leaving the club would be a blow, his strength and power causes great problems for any defense, I do hope these problems can be sorted out as he is an asset to this club.

Kristian O Leary has been a solid player for this club and deserves the right to have long term security of the 3 year deal the Robins have offered him,Garry Monk's future looks to be away from the club.

These contractual issues will be resolved come the end of next week and it looks increasingly likely that all 4 will be leaving the club.

Roberto now must be looking to secure the services of at least 3 players to cover the loss of these players. It is certainly going to be an interesting week at the club.



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Writer:sbrjack
Date:Saturday June 16 2007
Time: 11:01AM

Comments

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What a mess! Can I just echo what g4nty said in a previous comment regarding Izzy Iriekpen's future at the club. The club as a whole have been dis-respectful to these players in delaying these contract offers until so late. And then the club criticise the players and their agents for not accepting a one year contract, these players have their lives and their families and others bills to pay aswell as anybody else, so why should they sign one year deals, would you? The club have to sort this shambolic situation out for the good of the payers and the club or we WILL lose 4 good players on a free transfer over something stupid.
Jackman2006
16/06/2007 12:35:00
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The club have given the players a 12 month contract. Take it or leave it. Contracts are not up for negotiation as the club considers them adequate for Division 1. These players have known from day one what they have been offered and if it is acceptable. They are the ones stalling on a decision and if no-one else offers them better, then they will re-sign the contract offered as they will consider it better to have something than no work at all. I wonder what their attitude to playing will be if this is why they accept the contract as offered?
willow
16/06/2007 14:37:00
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I agree with willow. Only two out of the four players who still haven't signed actually did anything decent for the club this year! Huw Jenkins raised a good point. All of these players reckon there all brilliant and deserve better deals yet we have missed out on promotion for the past two seasons. Surely this suggests that these playeres aren't as allmighty as they think they are! If the players do well then there is the added year as extra security and then they can start worrying about getting better deals. You have to work to get good deals you don't just get them!
jack hammers
16/06/2007 18:48:00
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all i have to say about this contract situation is apart from o,leary who has been a great servant to the club the rest are a bunch of billy big spuds. Monk is supposed to be club captain and the club stood by him during his injury, hardly repaying us in he. Akinfenwa is not now, never has been and nor will he ever be good enough for this club. And now for the biggest villain of the three izzy, been in trouble with his off field antics, has requested a transfer, argued with the management and is once again throwing his toys out of his pram. the club should cancel the contract offers and kick them out and lets see if they get any better offers when everyone knows that they are more trouble than they are worth.
ronnie1731
17/06/2007 14:11:00
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Yea I agree with you about Monk. We've stuck by him and supported him during his very serious and nearly career-threatening injury, it looks like he's not going to bother giving us something back by staying and signing a contract like RM wants him to. Izzy wanted to move and nearly did around Jan I think and he could join S ****horpe by the sounds of it. I think O'Leary is better off playing regular football with Cheltenham on a 3-year deal. For security for his future plus a better wage.
KevinE
17/06/2007 23:05:00
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