FOOTBALL: Gloucester City manager defends releasing player over phone

Following Jamie Edge’s social media outburst at boss Chris Todd for releasing him over the phone, the Gloucester City manager has defended his decision.

Popular midfielder Edge wrote: “To be released via a phone call on a Sunday morning after all the hard work I have put in for the football club is something that I find an absolute disgrace.”






But Todd has backed his decision to release the former Arsenal youngster, who once commended a six-figure fee as a 15-year old as he moved to the Premier League giants from Cheltenham Town in 2009.

Todd responded, telling Gloucestershire Live:

“It’s football. It’s never an easy thing to do to release a player, it hurts the pride of the player being released and I get all that. I’ve been there myself, it’s happened to me so I know what he feels like but it’s been blown out of proportion.


“I get the fact he would have liked me to have met him and since I’ve spoken to him I’ve said I’m more than happy to meet up with him and have a chat and say why I’ve released him but I had to do it then.


“If you keep someone on after the Sunday you have to pay them for the following week so it’s about money as well, which you have to take into consideration.


Jamie Edge isn’t the only Gloucestershire footballer that has felt hard done by in recent years however. Former Cheltenham Town man Eliot Richards was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and although he admits the club were fantastic through his illness, he feels upon his return he was not given a fair chance. He told Gloucestershire Live:


“Coming back I wasn’t given a chance really. I didn’t have the opportunity to play one competitive game and was told I had no future there so that was hard, but that’s football. I thought about quitting then, but I stuck with it and I’m glad I did.


Now at Hereford, Richards feels he is back to his best and enjoying his football again after a tough period away from the game.


Liam Potter takes a look at the controversial ways players have been released by their clubs in the past:

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