Date:Tuesday August 12 2008
Steve Gibson, Chairman of Middlesborough FC, has announced on the clubs website that he has faxed an offer to Arsenal for the transfer of Justin Hoyte.
"We have made Arsenal an offer which we feel is fair. We're not negotiating and we're not falling out with Arsenal if they don't accept the bid," Gibson claimed.
"Arsenal are a good club to deal with and we're both doing business the right way, if they accept the bid then great, if not then we move on."
So does 'doing business the right way' include going public with your offer before you have had the response? What is that meant to do? Reassure 'boro supporters or apply pressure to those you are dealing with?
On the surface it seems straightforward enough but Justin Hoyte has often repeated his desire to stay at the club and fight for a place.
In the last week he has said "I just want to play for Arsenal, the club is fantastic, we`ve got a great manager in Arsène Wenger, and it`s just a great atmosphere. The fans are fantastic whatever we are going through. It`s a great club to be at. Why would anybody want to go anywhere else? I know there is a lot of speculation but you can see the way we play together."
I can't help feeling that Gibson would have shown greater courtesy to both club and player if he had kept his counsel at least until he had had a reply to his offer. That would be 'doing business the right way'.
If he chooses to go that's fine. Few would begrudge Hoyte a move given his position in the squad but he should be allowed to come to a decision in his own time and in his own way without any media pressure appearing to be applied.
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Date:Tuesday August 12 2008
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