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SWINDON TOWN: McCrory responds to Caddis interview
6:00am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
JED McCrory has responded to claims made by Swindon Town defender Paul Caddis in a radio interview broadcast yesterday.
In the interview, Caddis said: "I spoke to Jed when I first came back from Birmingham and he said my wage could be a problem. I understand that.
"They're not playing me now because they want to sell me. Jed has said there's not been interest because of my salary but it's just not true.
"Millwall and Birmingham have agreed to take over my contract (on loan) but for some reason the club have blocked it.
"One minute they're blocking me, the next they're saying I won't play. That's a choice that's been taken out of the manager's (Mark Cooper) hands."
In response, McCrory told the Advertiser yesterday: “On Caddis, I was surprised that he went to the radio out of the blue on the Bank Holiday weekend because there are a lot more interesting things you can do on a Sunday, like me chasing forwards around the country to try to sign for our club.
“The first thing that came to mind was that Robbie Savage had just done his top 10 of how to get out of a club and it’s quite interesting that one of them was go to a radio station and do an interview.
“I think he might have been watching a bit too much of Robbie Savage to be honest, but on the other side of it and on a serious note, I had a conversation with Paul six weeks ago. I sat with him and was dead open with him where we were. He knows he’s one of the highest earners of the club.
“He’s a lovely lad and I’ve got no issues with Paul. However, I shook the guy’s hand and wished him all the best in the Championship – because that is where he wanted to go.
“I told him I was disappointed he never came back to play for us in the play-offs after we requested. I didn’t hold anything against him for that because obviously I thought he was going to Birmingham and I wished him all the best.
“We then had to build a team that suited us. We’re fortunate enough to have who I believe to be one of the best right-backs in the division and we had to build the club that way.
“We then went out and got Yaser – who we think is one of the finds of the division, yet to be proven but he’s started well – and we’ve got Harley in who’s just getting back to fitness.
“We wanted to build our squad around players who wanted to be here. The Thompsons signed contracts because they want to be here, Wardy signed a contract on reduced terms, Wes has signed another contract because he wanted to be here.
“We wanted to work with people who told us face to face that they wanted to be here, which I thought was fine. With Paul we had no issues because Paul told us he wanted to go and play in the Championship.
“He did play last Tuesday in the game, he has been training with the boys. If he wants to go to the media rather than speak to me, or Mark, or Lee then that’s disappointing. The only pleasing thing was he has said the squad is gelling, there is a good atmosphere around the club and we are becoming a team and a family.
“With Paul we just wish him all the best in his search for a club. From his comments I’ll probably wait for an avalanche of emails.
“If I rang up Lionel Messi and said ‘can you tell Barcelona you don’t want to play for them, don’t worry about the sale price we’ll cover your wages’, I don’t think Barcelona would do that.
“It would be very naïve of a club like ours to let someone like Paul Caddis go for nothing so he could have a nice signing-on fee and salary going forward.
“If you handle things the right way and go to speak to people the right way then you get the right outcome. By coming to the media instead of myself, Lee and Mark it doesn’t make sense.
“Everyone knows Paul came to me and asked to take a reduced cut (from Blackpool), and we’ve shown willing to help the lad. We took a low offer, he was offered marginally more money in terms of if he played x amount of minutes and he declined that.
“We took a lower offer, we tried to help the lad but he declined.”
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