It seems the double deal going through right now at Newcastle for Nottingham Forest players Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow, was done specifically against the advice of the Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce.
Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi and Stuart Pearce in April
This is what Stuart has said about the pending deal – which is for £7M for the two top Nottingham Forest youngsters:
“We had an offer from Newcastle, that I was made aware of last week, in regards to the two players going there,” “The figures that were mentioned, by the representative of our club – I said I would not do that deal, when I was asked the question.¨
“I thought I could push their value up and that they would be worth more in the long run.¨ “The first I heard today about things was when Jamaal Lascelles came in and told me that he had a medical at 2pm at Newcastle.¨
“That disappointed me greatly.” “I think I have a good relationship with the club,” “But obviously, for whatever reason, they have decided to take the money on this situation.¨
“I do not agree with it. But the only olive branch I have got is that the boys are both coming back on a year loan, which is a bonus.¨
“But I felt that, if they stayed at the club, they would only have increased in value.”
Stuart makes a good point about their value increasing – especially since both are English players – and their price always seems to be higher than other players.
But Stuart only took the job in April, and it seems he is already at odds with the powers that be at Nottingham Forest – like the owner Fawaz Al Hasawi.
That’s doesn’t look good, but at least there is some straight talking going on at Forest.
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