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Poyet's message to Forster

The Argus: Let's clear things up: Gus Poyet Let's clear things up: Gus Poyet

Albion boss Gus Poyet has told Nicky Forster he will remain out in the cold unless the striker clears up the stance he has adopted over his demand for a new contract.

Poyet does not want an apology from his top scorer but a change in his reluctance to “clarify things”.

Forster came into conflict with the manager eight days ago, following a story on Sky Sports News that he had handed in a transfer request.

The 36-year-old, one of several players out of contract in the summer, then issued a statement to The Argus the same day, implying there was no route back with “no contract in the offing.”

He said: “It is with great regret that this outcome has been reached, as I have enjoyed my time with Brighton and would have liked nothing more than to extend my stay.”

Forster was dropped for the game at Leyton Orient the next day and left out of the squad again for Tuesday's home match against Huddersfield. Poyet said: “I have no problem with Nicky Forster, he does not even need to apologise, but I want him to clarify things and at the moment it looks like he does not want to do this.

“He did not put a transfer request in to us. He put the statement out via Sky Sports and the local paper last week, not the club. He made a statement as if he had left the club. All the time that is the case, then he is not in the team.

“We are not a one-person team. I have 25 other players to consider and, if one player acts like that and I take no action, then all of a sudden I have 25 players acting like that.

“Myself, Mauricio (Taricco) and Charlie (Oatway) sat all of the out-of-contract players down on January 15th and told them all that we would not be in a position to discuss contract extensions until such time as we are safe from relegation.

“Of course, these players are all free to talk to any other clubs at any time they like. That is the risk I am taking and I am prepared to take that risk.”

Albion announced last month that defender Adam El-Abd had been awarded a new deal.

Poyet, speaking at a fund-raising fans' forum on behalf of the club's community department at Burgess Hill FC, said: “The offer was made back in December, a long time before we told the players that we would not be holding any more contract talks. “The reason why I wanted to offer Adam a new contract is very clear. He is the most valuable player for me at present.

“He is the best at defending at the club. I know that this view is not shared by everyone but you have to look at the whole game and not just when players are on the ball.

“When we are defending he knows what his job is and he does it. When we are attacking he knows what his job is and he does it. He may not be the best on the ball but he is a very good footballer.”

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12:30pm Sat 13 Feb 10

Claude Back says...

That seems fair enough. Nicky, over to you.
That seems fair enough. Nicky, over to you. Claude Back
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1:32pm Sat 13 Feb 10

gardens04 says...

you have to be a big man to come bak from this and admit you may be wrong dont think NF can and looks like he wants out
you have to be a big man to come bak from this and admit you may be wrong dont think NF can and looks like he wants out gardens04
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1:46pm Sat 13 Feb 10

Jimmy Langley says...

Nicky Forster says in his Argus column today "I do, however, genuinely hope that this will be resolved soon with a positive outcome for everyone concerned". In view of Gus' statement I think he should speak with him and "clarify things". This Mexican standoff is doing no-one any good.
Nicky Forster says in his Argus column today "I do, however, genuinely hope that this will be resolved soon with a positive outcome for everyone concerned". In view of Gus' statement I think he should speak with him and "clarify things". This Mexican standoff is doing no-one any good. Jimmy Langley
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5:40pm Sat 13 Feb 10

albionbloke says...

I don't think all that 'praise' for El Abd and putting him on a pedestal helps. Poyet goes on about him being his best defender etc. but then so is Forster his best striker. If you're going to talk about one, then talk about the other.
I don't think all that 'praise' for El Abd and putting him on a pedestal helps. Poyet goes on about him being his best defender etc. but then so is Forster his best striker. If you're going to talk about one, then talk about the other. albionbloke
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11:05am Mon 15 Feb 10

the taffster says...

he must be the only person in the universe who rates el-abd.all contract negotiations should have been discussed in the summer.el-abd,s too.that was poyets first mistake.if i was nf.i would wonder why this has happened,yet noone else has been offered a new deal.surely a discussion along the lines of "you will be offered a new contract in the summer as we value you as our top goalscorer.may work. this divide of support is going to lose poyet his job if we lose the next 3 without nf.
he must be the only person in the universe who rates el-abd.all contract negotiations should have been discussed in the summer.el-abd,s too.that was poyets first mistake.if i was nf.i would wonder why this has happened,yet noone else has been offered a new deal.surely a discussion along the lines of "you will be offered a new contract in the summer as we value you as our top goalscorer.may work. this divide of support is going to lose poyet his job if we lose the next 3 without nf. the taffster
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