Hibs boss - Duo deals not right
Mixu Paatelainen says offers for Steven Fletcher and Rob Jones were not good deals for Hibs.
Last Updated: 04/02/09 9:02am
Mixu Paatelainen has called on Steven Fletcher and Rob Jones to 'give everything' to Hibernian after missing out on transfer deadline day moves.
Scotland international striker Fletcher was wanted by Celtic and had revealed at the weekend that he was 'excited' by the prospect of playing for the SPL champions.
His agent said Fletcher was 'devastated' after the two clubs failed to agree a fee, but Paatelainen insists the deal was not good enough for Hibs.
An offer for Jones from Nottingham Forest was also turned down and Paatelainen has now urged his captain and Fletcher to focus on the task at hand.
Big role to play
"I would like to think the players can put this behind them and not let it affect their performances or attitude," said Paatelainen in the Daily Record. "They have to realise that by working hard there will be another chance in the future.
"I haven't spoken to Steven yet, but it is important he keeps working hard because he is part of this club. If he has aspirations to move forward in his career he has to knuckle down and focus on producing the goods.
"Rob was in the same situation as Fletcher, but is captain of this club, so he is important to me and has a big role to play here.
"We won't sell until we get what we feel the players are worth.
"We have told clubs we don't have to sell players for anything less than what we value them for which says a lot about how far we have come. In any transfer all parties have to be happy. If one party isn't happy the transfer doesn't happen.
"In the cases involving Fletcher and Jones the transfers weren't great for all parties and that's why the players have stayed with us.
"Now the boys must get their heads down and give everything for me."