Nicholls: Swann stays for now
IPSWICH Wanderers chairman Ed Nicholls today confirmed that the Ridgeons League club has no plans to release ace striker Rene Swann from his contract.Swann left the Humber Doucy Lane-based club just before the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final defeat by Ipswich Town a fortnight ago, and said it was because of a bust-up with manager John Clarkson.
By Elvin King
IPSWICH Wanderers chairman Ed Nicholls today confirmed that the Ridgeons League club has no plans to release ace striker Rene Swann from his contract.
Swann left the Humber Doucy Lane-based club just before the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final defeat by Ipswich Town a fortnight ago, and said it was because of a bust-up with manager John Clarkson.
Following Swann's comments in this column last week, Nicholls said: “I have washed my hands with Rene.
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“It is not down to players to dictate in what is a team game.
“Rene is contracted to us until the end of the season - and this has not changed. He should honour the contract he signed.
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“I don't want to discuss it with him because I am dismayed at his lack of loyalty, but the door is still open with the manager.”
Swann has been joined by Ricky Martin and Matty Cunningham in leaving Wanderers, and referring to the first two Nicholls said: “I have to question their ability to handle big games after Ricky left just before our FA Carlsberg Vase home tie with AFC Totton and Rene just before our game with Ipswich Town.
“Rene made a petulant gesture when he was substituted against Needham Market, and he then found it difficult to take criticism like a man.
“It looked like a storm in a teacup and I thought I had smoothed things over, but I could not get hold of Rene.
“After we were told he was leaving to concentrate on Sunday football, we had two approaches from Ridgeons League Premier Division clubs within hours.”
Swann, who is now on a ten-week work course in Dover, cannot play for any other club - Saturday or Sunday - while under contract to Wanderers.