faaip wrote:Green was contracted here for another season at original cost IIRC, don't remember any "pay me more or I go" stand from him. He'd have been happy to stay as first team goalie. I'd be the same if I wasn't going to play I might at least earn more money doing it. I'd have made the same choice. (Actually I'd have watched the Weidwald game tape and realised I'd be starting before long, but still)
I think he may have even stayed to fight for his place in pre season but Felix starting was written in stone and Green realised it was a fight he'd have to fight with both arms tied behind his back ...which is an irony because that's how ....no, too easy
Green had a 1 year contract with an extension option he could take up that was triggered by playing a certain amount of matches. Now remember the contract was one offered by Cellino so it was likely that the contract extension would have guaranteed a pay rise similar to the one Marco Antenucci had. As such I feel the board likely wanted to get rid of him due to the wages. No doubt TC wanted a ball playing keeper but again it isn't him making signings - he was likely given a few options and FW was likely the one that was the best of those and had a reasonable pedigree. Once FW was signed then TC's hands were probably tied as even if he preferred Green he could hardly play him instead of a keeper that the club had spent money on. Ideally we would have kept Green then as back up but the club wouldn't have wanted to spend big wages on a back up and probably saved over £500k a year by replacing him with Lonerghan.