Johnson Meant No Upson Disrespect
Gary Johnson has moved to, once and for all, put an end to the war of words between The Glovers and Millwall that's been an ongoing feud since Ed Upson left Huish Park to join our SkyBet Championship rivals last month.
The suggestion when Upson left us was that he Johnson didn't deem him good enough to play in the SkyBet Championship, which isn't what he meant and he's taken to The Western Gazette today to clarify what he meant.
We all know that Upson is a good enough to play at this level, as does Johnson, what he meant when the midfielder was sold was that he wasn't in our side at that point in time and wasn't performing as he wanted him to.
Add to the mix that his contract was expiring in the summer a decision, that was in the best interests of the club, had to be made and the £100,000 on offer couldn't be refused.
'One different word makes your sentence sound different and I'm sure it's upset Ed and it's upset Millwall.
'On the record, he was a very good player, we didn't want to lose him and the circumstances dictated that that needed to happen.
'There are a lot of circumstances that are out there - out of contract, player himself wanting to move at that stage, not being in the team for whatever reason.
'There are reasons people move on, that's what happened with Paddy Madden and Dan Seaborne, that's football life and that's what happened.'
If Johnson had clarified his thoughts sooner it might have been better but you'd think that both player and manager knew the score privately with the media merely blowing a situation out of proportion.
Upson not playing tonight, even if he might have wanted to come back to the club, isn't a bad thing and I'm happy this isn't going to happen.
Maybe we'll see him next season?
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