Jordan blasts Routledge
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Simon Jordan has lambasted Wayne Routledge for refusing to sign a new contract.Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has lambasted Wayne Routledge and his advisors for the winger's decision to refuse a new contract at the club.
The England Under-21 starlet rejected Palace's lucrative offer of a new five-year deal, and now looks set to leave the club.
The 20-year-old will become a free agent at the end of the current campaign and The Eagles might now choose to cash in on him during the transfer window rather than risk waiting for a fee set by a tribunal.
Jordan revealed that the club had been informed by Routledge's advisor Paul Stretford that the player would not be signing a new deal at Selhurst Park whatever the club offered him, and he could barely hide his fury at that stance.
"The player's only 19, (he has now turned 20), and we are of course claiming compensation at the end of his contract if he chooses not to re-sign," Jordan fumed to Sky Sports News.
"But we want to offer him a new contract because we see Wayne as still learning his trade, playing in a team where he can still very much grow and become a player rather than a potential player and working with a manager who can help him with that.
"We offered him what was probably one of the most lucrative contracts that a young teenage player can be offered.
"I put it to him direct, I wanted to put it to him direct because the player is our player, my player, if he wants to pass it on to his agent that's entirely his prerogative.
"But we were then told via Stretford to Bob Dowie that this player will not be signing for this club, it doesn't matter what we put in front of him, how much or when, he will not be signing for this club.
"Wayne seems to have followed this through with a discussion with Iain Dowie illustrating that he possibly wants to go on to what he perceives to be a bigger club with better players, and the question for people like me, and ultimately for Iain, is how in god's name does an agent, whose entire motivation is his own gain, succeed in achieving a divisiveness between the player and club who have had the boy for eight years and looked after his family, given him his opportunity and every encouragement, how does someone like that wield this level of influence over a player?
"I think the player has to take some responsibility, he's not a silly boy, most of these boys know their own mind.
"He's only 19 when I was 19 if somebody told me to do something I'd have done the opposite."