Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has expressed his disappointment at defender Tom Flanagan’s decision to leave the football club this summer. The Northern Ireland international informed Clough last week that he planned to stay after receiving a suitable contract offer by the Brewers.

However, the 25-year-old has now gone against his word and decided to leave the club, something which has angered both Clough and chairman Ben Robinson. The versatile defender played a big role in Burton avoiding relegation last season against all the odds, but now heads off to seek pastures new.

Flanagan, who started his career with the MK Dons, made it clear that he was not interested in moving on and would be accepting the contract on the table. However, Clough insists that both the player and his agent conducted themselves poorly throughout the whole situation,

“We are disappointed with his decision but, more than that, by the way things have been conducted by the player and his agent over the last couple of months.

“He had an offer shortly after the end of the season and it has dragged on since then. Although his agent has had some unfortunate problems to deal with, it wouldn’t have gone amiss to keep us informed. Eventually, we have everything agreed and Tom was due to sign today and we got a call when all the paper work was done saying he wasn’t signing. That, coming the day before pre-season starts, leaves an unpleasant taste.

“I had a text from Tom last week saying he wasn’t interested in any other offer. What’s also disappointing is that we had agreed to all his terms.”

Chairman Robinson also provided a quote on the distasteful situation, saying he was ‘disappointed that the player has gone back on his word.’


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