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Cowie departure a careless mistake

Cowie departure a careless mistake
TODAY`S shock news that winger Don Cowie has joined Cardiff City and Malky Mackay on a free transfer has left me absolutely fuming.

The earlier loss this week of key staff members David Kerslake, Richard Collinge and Joe McBride was always to be expected, and frankly not a huge problem as Sean Dyche was always likely to want to appoint his own backroom team; it`s a new manager`s prerogative.

However, the news that Cowie has been poached by Mackay, and that`s what it is, is most unwelcome. Not that I blame Mackay - this one is entirely the board`s doing.

When Roy Hodgson left Fulham for Liverpool last summer, Mohammed Al-Fayed at least had the good sense to insert a clause in the deal which stipulated Hodgson could not return to Craven Cottage in order to raid the club for their star players. Where was that common sense in our sale of Mackay to south Wales.

Cowie`s move probably came as such a surprise because it was common understanding that Cowie had penned a new contract with the club. The news this afternoon is totally to the contrary.

Graham Taylor has since said that the club only ever offered a new deal to Cowie who had apparently stalled on it for some time. This begs the question - did he expect/want to move? And for that matter, was he privy to any intention of Mackay to jump ship?

GT`s strongly worded statement on the Official Site makes it abundantly clear that he is not impressed with Mackay`s conduct since he left Watford but the damage is done for now, hopefully.

One argument that has been mooted is that the board weren`t in place, but this isn`t true. The only departee has been Julian Winter and the only arrival is Bassini himself. Other than that Taylor, Davi Fransen and Stuart Timperley remain.

One thing is for certain though, all this leaves us extremely short on numbers with the second of our only two senior wingers moving on (Will Buckley) being the other, we still need at least one winger.

Of course, it`s been a bad couple of days with Rhoys Wiggins electing to join Bournemouth`s League One rivals Charlton over us yesterday evening.

We need a winger (or two), we need a full-back, we need a striker (or two) and we probably need central midfield cover for Stephen McGinn and maybe a stronger rival or replacement for Scott Loach, should Swansea`s alleged interest materialise.

Challenging times at Vicarage Road.

Writer:Tom Bodell
Date:Friday July 1 2011
Time: 7:41PM

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The board could not have avoided this situation. Cowie let his contract run out and was officialy a free agent when Cardiff signed him today meaning Mackay would have been free to sign him even if there was a clause in his contract. It is common practice a manager takes his backroom staff with him and although Conway and Taylor were targets they wern't our players and wouldn't have been covered by such a clause. Basically if we had put a clause in none of this would have been avoided. Also if we had demanded a clause to stop him signing our players Cardiff could easily have rejected the compensation and MM walked away for nothing able to do what he wanted. And although i'm not up on the Hodgson clause it didn't stop him signing Paul Konchesky a then regular player for Fulham.
chriswfc
02/07/2011 02:43:00
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Not sure why Konchesky was allowed to go but re. Cowie being a free, would he have signed a contract if MM stayed? I expect so.
wfc123
02/07/2011 10:09:00
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Well he hadn't done and GT said we had been in negotiations for a few months.
chriswfc
02/07/2011 10:23:00
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Cowies contract should have been sorted this time last year and if he failed to sign, he should have been sold! Wasn't Blackpool interested in him last year? Can not blame the new owner on this, but He really needs to start showing some positive moves in the transfer market.
ANDY710
02/07/2011 19:57:00
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Agreed Andy.
wfc123
03/07/2011 17:23:00
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