Coleman blames agent
Chris Coleman says the deal to bring Sammy Clingan to Coventry fell through because of his agent.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 13/07/09 1:33pm
Chris Coleman has revealed that the deal to bring Norwich's Sammy Clingan to Coventry has fallen through because of his agent.
The 25-year-old looked set to move to the Ricoh Arena after both clubs agreed a fee but now the Sky Blues boss has conceded defeat.
The Championship club went to the Canaries to set-up the deal but when the midfielder's representative demanded a fee Coleman called the transfer off.
The former Fulham boss could not hide his disappointment after indicating the club had been chasing Clingan for over two months.
"I thought we had one towards the back end of last week but, agents being agents, that has changed," he told the Coventry Telegraph.
Won't succumb to agents
"We have said all along the chairman and I, that we will not bend over for agents.
"Agents fees and stuff like that has stopped us signing a good player, and a player we have chased for two months.
"We have not had one conversation with the agent, we have done it all through the club, who obviously hold the registration of the player.
"Then at the last minute we got a call from the agent asking for a ridiculous fee, despite the fact that he has done no work whatsoever, and we said no.
"The deal is dead in the water at the minute, so we are going to have to look elsewhere."