Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce has spoken of his anger after losing Matthew Upson to West Ham United.
Upson completed his protracted move to West Ham on deadline day after Birmingham reluctantly accepted an initial £7million fee for the England international.
Bruce was keen to keep Upson at St Andrews, but claims the player was sold against his will in the end.
"As I saw it, Matt was crucial to our Premiership ambitions and I expected him to see out his contract," said Bruce.
"I've made it clear all along how much I wanted Matt to stay.
"I'm devastated and hurt. I want the supporters to know I did everything in my power to keep Matthew at the club.
"But, sadly, this was out of my control. After all, I am an employee too.
"I have spoken time and again about my feelings on the subject and the messages it sends out to everyone - the dressing-room, the fans and our rivals. But this was a board decision, not mine."