Just when we think the Free Clint Dempsey movement has gotten about as messy it can – another muddy shoe falls.
Fulham officials have apparently filed an official complaint to Premiership officials over Liverpool FC’s alleged meddling with a player under contract.
Dempsey has year remaining on his deal at Craven Cottage, but the U.S. international has made no secret of his desire for a move into a bigger club.
This latest southward turn has roots in last July’s erroneous report in a New England Sports website, which is part of the media organization run by Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group, that wildly jumped the gun on a reported Dempsey move to Anfield. The story linked above says Liverpool privately apologized for that.
Apologies or not, Fulham was not happy about it. A sensitive situation deteriorated that much further shortly thereafter, when Liverpool coach Brendan Rodger’s publicly revealed interest in Dempsey’s services – a clear no-no when it comes to players under contract
Fulham manager Martin Jol has left the door open for Dempsey to remain at Fulham. But he’s clearly not ecstatic about all this. From today’s piece in The Telegraph:
There are always players in football like Van Persie who want to move, but they keep quiet. This was different. Although we like to keep everything under the surface, it was impossible. Van Persie did the right thing. I always hope for players to keep a low profile. It’s better for the manager and club.”