May 20 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Leeds United boss Neil Warnock has revealed that the Championship club failed with a last-ditch attempt to keep Robert Snodgrass.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Snodgrass has opened talks with Norwich City and will complete a move to Carrow Road in the next 48 hours if personal terms can be agreed.
Warnock said: “I don’t think I’ve ever tried harder in my whole career to keep one player.
“I offered him the best contract he’s ever had and the best contract the club’s offered anybody for the best part of a decade.
“I made him captain and everyone knew I wanted to build the team around him. I couldn’t have been more open about that.
“But what do you do when people have their heads turned? Everyone at the club fought to keep him, talking to him about the future and what we saw our future being. I honestly think we did everything we could. In the end it’s down to the player himself because I don’t want to keep a player who doesn’t want to be here or who’s going to be worried about getting injured for the next six months.
“The game doesn’t work like that.
“There were other factors too and the takeover and all the complexity of the due diligence has probably gone on too long for us to sort this out.
“If it (the takeover) had been done three or four weeks ago then we’d have had a better chance but everyone behind the scenes is trying to do what’s best.
“These things take time and there’s nothing anyone can do about that.
“It makes my job that little bit more difficult but today’s another day and I’ll pick myself up. I need to start thinking about players who want to be here, not players who don’t. Rob made it clear he didn’t want to play for us.”