Taylor hits back at Lambert
Chairboys denies trying to offload Williamson
Last Updated: January 9, 2009 1:56pm
Taylor: Big fan of Williamson
Wycombe boss Peter Taylor has denied accusations levelled at him by former Chairboys chief Paul Lambert.
Lambert, now in charge at Colchester, had suggested this week that his successor at Adams Park had 'tried to offload' Mike Williamson over the summer.
The Scot was speaking in the wake of a failed bid by the Us to take the defender to the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
However, Taylor has now responded by claiming that he never had any intention of parting with a player that remains an integral part of his plans.
"There is absolutely no truth whatsoever in that suggestion," he told Wycombe's official website.
"From the moment I took the Wycombe job I was told by people whose opinions I respect that Mike Williamson is a top class player.
"As soon as I saw him play I realised why he is so highly rated. He was in my team from day one and, barring injuries, he has been there ever since."
Colchester had seen an initial approach for Williamson spurned in November and Taylor is at a loss to explain why Lambert returned with exactly the same offer once the January transfer window opened.
He said: "I don't know why they came back with the same bid. I was expecting another offer but I never expected it to be identical.
"If I was the player I would be asking myself, how much do they really want me?
"I know how highly Paul Lambert rates Willo so perhaps it was someone else at Colchester who decided to repeat the bid.
"The suggestion that I tried to offload Willo is as baffling as them coming in with the same offer just a month later."