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McCarthy Praises Chairboys Boss
Wycombe Wanderers defender Jason McCarthy has hailed manager Gareth Ainsworth as the ‘best guy’ he’s come across in his football career to date.
The on-loan Southampton prospect has impressed during the first five months of his Adams Park deal which runs until the end of the season, and says that Ainsworth’s honesty was a key factor in his decision to join the League Two outfit in October.
“He’s brilliant. He’s probably the best guy I’ve worked with in football so far,” McCarthy told the Bucks Free Press.
“He’s a brilliant manager of players and he always talks to me and tells me how to improve my game.
“That was one of the main things that persuaded me to come here. One of the first things he said to me on the phone was what I could improve. I loved that honesty from him.
“We have a really good rapport and I couldn’t speak highly enough of him.”
And the 20-year-old, who made one Premier League appearance from the bench last season, has become a regular fixture at centre half in a back line boasting the third best defensive record in League Two.
“It’s been a great learning curve,” he added. “Since I arrived in October I’ve learnt so much.
“I feel like I’ve progressed loads as a player and as a person.
“I think when I do go back to Southampton in pre-season they will see I’ve come on leaps and bounds from when I left.”
Kermorgant Slates Addicks Owner
Ex-Charlton striker Yann Kermorgant has slammed ‘deluded’ Addicks owner Roland Duchâtelet and says he is ‘gutted’ at what is happening at his former club.
The Frenchman, now at Reading, launched a scathing attack on the ownership of the club where he enjoyed three successful years, firing them to the League One title in 2012 before signing for Bournemouth in 2014.
“I’m gutted,” the 34-year-old told getreading.co.uk. “I think they have wasted the club.
“When I was there I didn’t really want to leave. At first I wanted to sign a new deal and spend a longer time with the club.
“But in my first meeting with the new owners I found out things were really different – they had a vision which for me was completely deluded.
“They didn’t know too much about football. I felt like they were wrong and the club would be in trouble because that’s not how football works.”
Charlton find themselves rooted to the foot of the Championship amid widespread supporter disillusionment at the Valley, and Kermorgant admits he doesn’t rate their chances of survival.
He added: “It’s different to run a business and a football club. It looked to me like their position was a bit weird.
“And I can now see two years after where they are and I think it was the right decision to leave. I can’t see them now not being relegated at the end of the season.”
Madine’s Macron Madness
Bolton boss Neil Lennon has ordered Gary Madine to take a look at himself after a heated exchange saw him omitted from the Wanderers squad to face Birmingham City.
Madine was made unavailable for selection to face the Blues after refusing to apologise for a foul-mouthed rant at his manager after Bolton conceded late on against QPR in their previous fixture.
The Bolton News reported that Madine was understood to have exchanged heated words with Lennon after Bolton let in a 93rd minute equaliser against the Hoops, and the Geordie frontman was ordered to train with the academy after attempts to clear the matter failed the following day.
The tear up left Lennon with no option other than to revert midfielder Darren Pratley to a forward position against Birmingham, but he insisted that he could not have tolerated Madine’s behaviour.
“It’s an internal matter,” said Lennon, after seeing his side lose 1-0 at St Andrew’s. “He has to look at himself because he has let himself down and the club down.
“No player is bigger than the club and there are certain parameters and principles that you set.
“We have dealt with it the best way we felt we could.”
Lindegaard’s Fergie Comparison
Anders Lindegaard says he can see elements of Sir Alex Ferguson in Preston boss Simon Grayson, after a month on-loan at Deepdale.
The Denmark stopper, on loan from West Brom, believes that Grayson possesses a calming aura similar to that of the former Manchester United manager, under whom he won a Premier League medal in 2013.
“Keeping footballers in a relaxed state of mind was one of the greatest strengths of Sir Alex Ferguson,” the 31-year-old said in his column for the Lancashire Evening Post.
“Sir Alex was intimidating and you were borderline scared of him, but at the same time he provided a very relaxing environment for the players.
“United is such a big club and there is so much pressure from almost everywhere. So when you are within the club environment, it is important to feel relaxed and be focused on the game and not the whole circus which surrounds the club.
“In a way, I feel like things are the same here at Preston.
“Obviously, it is very difficult to compare the two clubs, but our manager Simon Grayson is very good at keeping things relaxed and enjoyable.”
And Lindegaard, who will remain with the Championship side until the end of the season, believes that Grayson holds a formula destined for success.
He added: “I think that relaxed environment allows the players to perform at the highest possible level.
“You have got to be able to enjoy what you are doing and be in a good mental state to go out and perform to your capabilities.
“I definitely think that kind of environment has been created here at Preston. The proof of that has been shown in our results this season.”
Dismal Celebration For Tisdale
Paul Tisdale said his side’s performance in his 500th game in charge of Exeter City was one of the worst he has ever seen.
City lost 4-1 at home to Oxford United, their largest margin of defeat at home since a 4-0 defeat to Huddersfield in 2011, which saw them slip to 14th in League Two and without a win in four games.
“It was a pretty poor night. We had no real excuses for such a dismal performance,” he told BBC Radio Devon.
“It was so poor in so many areas, it’s hard to know where to start.
“We didn’t look like a football side, we didn’t pass the ball well enough, we didn’t show for it, too many were shut down, it was just a generally dismal display.
“I’ve not had as many as bad as that, but we just have to start again tomorrow and pick ourselves up.”