KILMARNOCK boss Kenny Shiels has hit back at Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy, who yesterday branded him a liar.

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Shiels declared last week that Town had expressed an interest in signing his goalkeeper, Cammy Bell, at the end of the season.

However, when quizzed about the player at yesterday’s press conference to preview tonight’s game against Watford, McCarthy revealed there had been no contact over the player, adding: “It was a lie if he (Shiels) confirmed it.

“Do you want me to say it again? There’s no truth in it – he’s lying or he’s telling fibs. Is lying too strong a word?

“I’ve not spoken to him and if somebody from this club has spoken to him they’ve done it without me saying so. If that’s the case then I’m going to be pretty cheesed.

“Does that clear that one up?

Shiels has since responded and insists he has done nothing to be sorry for.

“I’ve done nothing wrong and Mick is wrong,” said the Ulsterman.

“Ipswich Town haven’t spoken to me about Cammy Bell and I never said that they had – I just said that there was interest from Ipswich Town.

“Basically I got a phone call from an agent who said there was interest in Cammy Bell from Ipswich Town.

“Then at my press conference last week I was asked if Cammy was going to Rangers.

“I said I hadn’t been told he had and that apparently there was interest from Ipswich.

“I’m surprised Mick didn’t ring me to say, ‘What’s happening here because you’re saying we’re interested in your keeper and it’s not the case. I expected some sort of call but it didn’t come.

“I was just conveying a message to the press that I had taken a call from this agent.”

He added: “I’ve got nothing to hide. Will I try to phone Mick? I don’t think I have to do anything.”

7 comments

  • “I was just conveying a message to the press that I had taken a call from this agent.” Probably best as a manager not to do this. Managers should show a bit of discretion and integrity and not tell the press about every nonsense call they get from random agents.

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    RC

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • What was he, an estate agent?

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    JOHN BURLS

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • So the club hasn't spoken to Kilmarnock, just an agent. Might not even have been an agent. And look, the EADT getting a story out of a scarcely believable link! Whatever next...

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    Andrew Mehen

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Two wrongs don't make a right. Kenny Shiels should not have mentioned this at a press conference without specifying the source. Once he used the word "agent " we would have all dismissed this speculation and Mick McCarthy would not have jumped to the wrong conclusion. The Town boss would be wise to give the Kilmarnock boss a call - something that if he had done in the first place, would have prevented this needless misunderstanding.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • A total non-story from a weak regional tabloid newspaper with dropping sales on a slow news day. Enough said.

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    Tom

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Is this a way of trying to force another teams (rangers) hand and get more money. KS should be wary of playing the transfer game using teams that will refute mind games.

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    finchk702

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

  • Well, that's cleared that one up. Ipswich never spoke to KS, it was an agent, so it must be true because an agent wouldn't tell an untruth would he.?

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    MOTT MIKE

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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