Nugent hurt by Black Cats snub
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Nugent admits he was disappointed when Sunderland withdrew their interest.Portsmouth new boy David Nugent has admitted he was disappointed when Sunderland withdrew their interest in him earlier this summer.
Black Cats manager Roy Keane was eager to sign Nugent from Preston but pulled out of the race after failing to secure him quickly.
Nugent claims he had just asked for some time to consider Sunderland's offer and was not pleased when they decided they no longer wanted him.
"It wasn't a case of me snubbing Sunderland. In fact, it was the other way around," he told the News of the World.
"I asked for time to think about the move and Roy Keane withdrew the bid.
"It was disappointing because I had taken the time to talk with them and I wanted to speak to my family."
Nugent believes Keane showed his inexperience by dropping his interest, and was much happier with the way he was welcomed by Pompey boss Harry Redknapp.
"As a footballer you want to feel wanted, you want to work for a manager who gives you respect.
"I got that from Harry. I suppose that comes from years of dealing with footballers, something Roy Keane is yet to gain as a manager."
Nugent added: "I haven't got any regrets about signing for Portsmouth because I am at a club that is established in the Premiership."