Colchester United were never close to signing Dundee`s goalie, Rab Douglass, even when a deal for former Carlisle United stopper Ben Williams looked dead, the Scotish club have said.
That was after U`s keeping coach, Ademola Bankole, yesterday said in the Evening Gazette that Williams is settling in well to his new surroundings.
But a new report published today quotes Dundee manager, Jocky Scott, as unhappy with Colchester United`s apparent media-based approach for their stopper Douglass, even if his comments do suggest that the transfer rumour might originally have been exaggerated.
“Paul Lambert [U`s manager] is a mate of Rab`s and you can understand him wanting someone he knows. But at least have the decency to phone me and either confirm their interest or to explain that what`s been written is a lot of rubbish,” said Scott in a Dundee Courier report.
That Scott has is moved enough to make these comments suggests the Colchester link might have unsettled Douglass, who briefly featured on loan for Wycombe when Lambert was manager and has also had a spell in England, with Leicester City.
Williams` signing was all wrapped up last week, after a stall when United striker Scott Vernon pulled out as a potential makeweight, very soon after Colchester were apparently contemplating a swoop for 37-year-old Douglass.
“I don`t know if this how things are done nowadays but, for me, if you are interested in a player you conduct your business manager to manager?not through the media,” an irate Scott said, explaining in his grievances that Colchester can offer “any figure they want” and he will remain unattainable.
Meanwhile, U`s coach, Bankole thinks that keeper competition for places at the Community Stadium will be strong between Williams and former club trainee, Mark Cousins.
“The gaffer doesn`t believe in a number one and a number two,” said the 39-year-old. “He looks at the performance of the players and if you don`t pull yourself up, you will be dropped straight out. He is that kind of manager,” Bankole told the Gazette.
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