Lowestoft coach Craig Fleming hits out at 'unprofessional' King's Lynn Town
PUBLISHED: 12:28 18 March 2011
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LOWESTOFT Town first-team coach Craig Fleming has blasted King's Lynn Town for the "unprofessional" manner they pursued defender Sam Gaughran.
The Blues rejected a cash bid for the former Peterborough man last Thursday after holding talks with the player but, after confirming the 21-year-old remains an important part of Lowestoft’s promotion bid, Fleming admitted he didn’t like the way the FA Vase semi-finalists conducted their negotiations.
“It was unprofessional for them to try and do their business through the media,” said the former Norwich City defender, whose side must win at Kingstonian tomorrow to keep alive any realistic hope of overhauling Sutton United for the Ryman League Premier title.
“Sam is a big part of our plans here and we’re delighted that he’s staying. He has been brilliant for us and will be an important player for us in the run-in to the end of the season.”
King’s Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon insists the United Counties League side have done nothing wrong.
He said: “Sam is a King’s Lynn lad who still lives in the area and he was close to joining us in the summer before he went to Lowestoft. I told Micky (Chapman) we were in for three or four players and I wanted to let our supporters know. He didn’t have a problem with that, so that’s what we did. We went about it in the right manner and as far as I am concerned it wasn’t unprofessional or disrespectful in any way.”
Last week proved a very busy time for Lowestoft as not only did they have to fend off King’s Lynn’s interest in Gaughran but they also snapped up Colchester midfielder Sam Corcoran on a month’s loan.
The 20-year-old looked a little rusty in making his debut in the defeat to Cray Wanderers on Saturday but put in an improved performance in the draw at Hendon. Fleming believes Corcoran is settling well at Crown Meadow and can make a good impression over the next few weeks.
“He struggled a bit in the first game but that’s to be expected when he’s only been used to reserve team football recently,” said Fleming. “It’s very different playing reserve team football compared to this. But he looked a lot more comfortable on Tuesday night and he is coming to terms with the demands of playing competitive football at this level.”
The addition of Corcoran covered for the absence of Andrew Fisk, who has now completed his suspension, while Dale Cockrill faces a race against time to be fit for tomorrow’s match at Kingstonian due to a back problem.
Scott Mitchell has a suspension hanging over him following his dismissal in the Suffolk Premier Cup at Bury but Fleming wouldn’t be drawn on whether the Blues may be prepared to extend Corcoran’s loan deal beyond the month.
“We will wait and see where we stand at the end of the month,” he said.