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Punch & Judy Show Continues over Tudgay!

Marcus Tudgay's agent Darryl Powell today has put a broadside across Sheffield Wednesday's bows over Burnley's hopes to sign the striker.

Yesterday a stern statement on the Owls Official Site read:

'Sheffield Wednesday can confirm that Burnley Football Club have made a formal and what can only be described as derisory offer for striker Marcus Tudgay. We would like to stress that this offer is most unwelcome and this move is regarded as an underhand tactic to unsettle our player.Sheffield Wednesday attaches great value to Marcus Tudgay as a player and appreciates the contribution he has made to the club over the past three years. The squad development plan at SWFC is based on building a team around players like Marcus and we believe the dynamic that we are creating is a very positive one for the club and our players.Marcus showed his commitment to the club recently by verbally agreeing to a new long-term contract'

Wednesday were also clearly incensed over the behaviour of Darryl Powell. Owls chairman, Lee Strafford, said:

'It's disappointing that an agent would act in such a cavalier manner when he is supposed to be protecting the interests of the player and also the right of the club to protect its assets. Sheffield Wednesday will not be taken advantage of in this situation'

Well now the fisticuffs are out again with Powell speaking to the Yorkshire Post and saying:

'I don't want a slanging match with Sheffield Wednesday - or any other football club - but Marcus Tudgay is my client and I have to give him what I believe is the best advice. Like any player, Marcus wants to play in the Premier League. Sheffield Wednesday have been offered a fee in the region of 2m for a player who has just 12 months left on his contract. If that is 'derisory' in this current financial climate or 'unrealistic' for a Championship player moving to a Premier League club, then I don't know anything about transfer fees. When a Premier League club comes in for a player, it changes everything. Marcus is adamant that he wants an opportunity to talk to Burnley and I am sure any other player would feel the same given the same opportunity. As things stand, Marcus is not looking to sign a new contract with Sheffield Wednesday. He is 26 and thinks this might be his one opportunity to play in the Premier League.'

One person who is clearly staying out of all this is Owen Coyle who calmly said yesterday:

'What Sheffield Wednesday say is entirely up to them. I am not going to get caught up in anything negative about their club. They are a fantastic club, steeped in history and tradition.We made an offer of 1.5 million, plus add-ons, for Marcus Tudgay. That was inviting - it was rejected.At no time have we looked to unsettle the player. We made what we thought was a fair offer for a player who has only a year to go on his contract.It was turned down - Sheffield Wednesday felt fit to do that. I have no problem with that. If they want to say anything to besmirch the good name of Burnley that is entirely up to them.'

Coyle added: 'I am not going to get caught up in tit for tat. We know how we work. I have never had a problem with anyone else.'

He also said this which could mean the end of the matter:

"The offer`s been rejected. It won`t be improved upon."

If a move doesn't happen and the two clubs and agent can't resolve their differences only one person will suffer and that will be Marcus Tudgay who will be denied his ambition to play in the top flight (at least for the moment)

Will his heart then still be in it, playing for the Owls, knowing they may have priced him out of the market? Would he even still sign the three-year contract on the table? This saga could run and run!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 16 2009

Time: 12:42PM

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Seconds out Round..oh bugger no idea. 35 probably
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16/07/2009 12:46:00

And do we care? At this time. no. If you don't stump up more cash, he's not leaving. Darryl Powell's bank balance will not increase. The fortunes of Burnley or Wednesday will not significantly change either way. Marcus may suffer. And if he does, the blame for that will be laid at the door of his agent.
Auckland Owl
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16/07/2009 12:57:00

To be fair, 1.5M + bonus for a 15+ goalscorer when championship defenders are being sold for 6M is stupid. Yes the transfer market is crazy, however that doesnt mean that were going to let you off because you dont have as much money as other premiership teams. These are the times and everyone else has to deal with the same situation.
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16/07/2009 13:55:00

Turfman, glad to see even you are begining to get fed up with this.
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16/07/2009 14:19:00

Round 36 Marcus Tudgay's agent admits the Sheffield Wednesday striker is considering handing in a transfer request as he looks to win a move to Burnley. "Marcus wants to go to Burnley and he is disappointed that they have rejected a bid for him," Powell told skysports.com. "Like any player, Marcus wants to play in the Premier League and we are considering all our options. "I plan to sit down with Marcus next week and we will decide what is best for him to do. "Obviously handing in a transfer request is an option and we will talk through all our options." Powell admits Tudgay will not be signing the new deal on offer at Wednesday and he is surprised the club described Burnley's bid, which is believed to be in the region of 2million, as being 'derisory'. He added: "Marcus is not thinking of signing the new deal on offer and he is ready to wait and see what happens. "Marcus is a bit miffed that an offer of 2million in the current financial climate is thought as being derisory. To call the bid derisory was a bit rude I thought for a player who is entering the final year of his contract." sky sports
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16/07/2009 14:55:00

That's the Way To Do It!!! ;-)
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16/07/2009 15:01:00

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16/07/2009 15:33:00

Mountains ^^^^ Molehills ....
Couch Potato
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16/07/2009 16:05:00

But Coyle and Powell have done nothing to unsettle the player.
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16/07/2009 16:14:00

No,they haven't just mentioned to the lad he could be playing in the top flight where let's face it most would want to given the chance!
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16/07/2009 17:51:00

Sheffield Wednesday fans know it is Powell trying to line his pocket! but to keep saying Coyle has had anything to do it and that he is talking to Powell can someone show me some evidence of this? a case of putting 2 and 2 together and coming up with 3 sounds more like it! what has Coyle exactly done? put in an offer for a player with 12 months left on his contract sure he is not start at 3-4million what manager or club would unless your the Man Citys, Chelseas of this world! i know the Sheff Wed are miffed but to keep bringing Coyle into it when you know who pulls the strings thats not how Coyle works! lets look at his last signing Brain Easton this is what his club went on to say! we wish to record our appreciation of the way Owen Coyle conducted the negotiations
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16/07/2009 18:31:00

I think the reality needs to sink in at Hillsborough, they simply have a player now that wants to move on and if he is prevented from doing so, it could make for a tense relationship between player and club if he is denied his ambition to play in the top flight. The ball is firmly in the Owls court and they need to think very carefully about their next move and what they are going to say to the media. Wake up and smell the coffee, comes to mind!
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16/07/2009 18:38:00

where is any direct quote from Tudgay? its all Powell so far repeating the same line. Point is agents and footballers have far to much sway in football hes under contract 1 year or 5 years offer what we ask for you get him, offer less you dont thats how it should work
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16/07/2009 19:48:00

Exactly wesp, offer our valuation of the player and he's yours. Simple. You cant offer under the odds for the player and then expect Wednesday to give in just because you and his agent say that we're preventing him from moving. He's still under contract. I thought you were an old guy turfmanphil? I bet you used to go nuts at the old 'retain and transfer' system!
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16/07/2009 20:37:00

We offered what WE think is a fair valuation for a player with 12 month of his contract to run , what YOU think his value is , is your buisness !! Why should we offer what you want , when we dont consider that a fair value ? We made an offer , you turned it down , end of story , what his agent say's is not the buisness of Burnley football club !!
Bernie Lee
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17/07/2009 00:57:00

This is doing my head in. Wednesday fans, we put a bid in thats it. We did it in a quite way, as usual no publicity thats how Owen works. Wednesday publiscised it, by making a statement as well as Tudgay's agent. You've turned our offer down, no problems. What have we done wrong. Nothing. Why did your chairman have to come out with an inflamatory statment? Thats write he didn't, Coyle came out said you were a great club and we just bid for a player the end. Get over it.
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17/07/2009 02:56:00

Skutter learn how to spell quiet. Owen Coyle has spoken publicly on the matter but some of you Burnley fans are right and the prime mover appears to be the players agent. If Burnley have put in a bid that they feel is a good one for a player in the last twelve months of his contract fair enough. At least have the good manners to acknowledge that Wednesday have the right to turn down this offer and require the player to see out the remainder of his contract. If you still want him then (and if he wants to go to you) have him on a free. If not, stump up the asking price or go away. I believe that's how a free market economy works.
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17/07/2009 08:34:00

This is just simple overreaction from the Owls board . As said above all we did was bid for a player we liked the look of and then someone over the Pennines started using inflammatory words which quite frankly has now turned the whole saga into a war of words! The exchange is mainly between agent and Wednesday I hasten to add although BFC have been accused of underhand tactics. Unsettling a player my arse, he's a big boy now, he can decide what his own ambitions are and surely everybody can see that a chance to play in the top flight would be every player's dream. All Wednesday had to say was that the offer did not come up to their valuation of the player and leave it at that nstead of which they start chucking their toys out the pram in full gaze of the media with poor Tudgay caught up in the middle of it all. No wonder he is now considering handing in a transfer request.
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17/07/2009 08:51:00

I'm sorry for my typo robc, I'm also sorry that I wrote that after working 24 hrs in two days and not alot of sleep. If thats all you've got is to point out my typo then you really don't have an argument. We made a bid, you turned it down. Wheres the problem apart from your amateur chairman speaking out when he doesn't need too. I've never had a problem with Sheff Wed but this whole saga leaves a bad taste.
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17/07/2009 17:54:00

Just hope this can all come to a peaceful conclusion without any more slagging off. It certainly has left a bitter taste in the mouth, but I blame the Owls board completely for making a mountain out or a molehill
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17/07/2009 18:41:00

What a lovely feeling all these players wanting to sign for Burnley when was it last like this ? half a lifetime ago. Because we are premier league.
Grimsby Claret
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17/07/2009 19:29:00

I personally could'nt give a monkeys gonad what Sheff wed's manager , board or fans think !!
Bernie Lee
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18/07/2009 01:14:00


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