O'Driscoll bemoans Stock sale
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bournemouth boss Sean O'Driscoll is upset with the timing of Brian Stock's sale.Bournemouth boss Sean O'Driscoll is annoyed with the timing of midfielder Brian Stock's sale to Preston North End.
Stock made the £150,000 move to the Championship club before Preston's match against Millwall on Saturday.
The deal denied O'Driscoll the opportunity of securing a replacement for Stock, with local reports suggesting he had Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jamie O'Hara lined up to come to Dean Court.
Instead, O'Hara joined League One rivals Chesterfield on loan last week, leaving O'Driscoll with a void in his squad and prompting him to criticise the club's board.
"There's no communication. Things are done behind your back, so I'm just annoyed," O'Driscoll said.
"We had a ready-made replacement for Brian all lined up, but it looked as if nothing was going to happen, so we couldn't bring him in because part of the agreement is that he plays and I wasn't prepared to leave out someone who had done really well.
"People could have spoken to me and said 'look, there's a possibility (Stock might go)' and we would have had a ready-made replacement already in the side, so (I'm) disappointed with parts of the way the transfer has been handled, but it seems to be that's football.
"It's back to the list, there's a hole now for a ball player in the middle of the park."
One player that has committed himself to The Cherries is Shaun Cooper after the midfielder turned down the chance of a move to Queens Park Rangers.
QPR boss Ian Holloway reportedly offered the former Portsmouth player a deal until the end of season, but the 22-year-old wants to extend his short-term contract with the League One side.
"There was a bit of interest from them (QPR), but I'm definitely going to sign here," Cooper told the Bournemouth Daily Echo.
"In a way I was tempted, but deep down, staying here is the right decision and I was always going to sign if I got offered something.
"I want to stay because I'm learning a lot under Richard (O'Kelly) and Sean (O'Driscoll) and I'm enjoying playing here.
"They gave me a chance to get back into football. I didn't have anywhere to play and I feel like I owe them, so staying here was always the right decision."