Charlton chairman, Richard Murray has had this to say on the transfer: “No one likes or rates Jonjo as a player more than me, and I would love for the club to be in the position to reject any such offers for our talented players,” he said. “But the first duty of the board is to maintain a solvent and stable club, and as a result, although it was an incredibly tough decision, we decided that we couldn’t turn down Liverpool’s offer.”
Judging by the quotes from Murray, Charlton clearly need the money from this transfer, but although their problems have been well documented nobody seems to know just how bad it is. However should the club gain promotion to the Championship then surely it will considerably balance the books, so maybe the board should have shown more faith in Charlton achieving this goal before they acted.
Manager Phil Parkinson has also given his thoughts on the deal: “Shelvey rang me and asked if I wanted him to come back for training, as the deal doesn’t go through until May 10th . I said ‘look, Jonjo, the last thing the board would want is you getting injured in a seven-a-side, so go and take your mum on holiday somewhere.” He went on to say: “The board were reluctant to risk him getting injured. As the chairman said yesterday, the worst-case scenario would be agreeing to the deal and Jonjo then suffering a serious injury which prevented the transfer being completed.”
It seems that Liverpool have used their cash offer to back Charlton into a corner and make them comply with what they want them to do. Even if Charlton were going to play Shelvey again then he would still be unavailable for the play-offs as they take place after May 10th . The South Londoners should have stood up to Liverpool and told them that they want Shelvey here for the play-offs, and they are no exception to the rules of transfers. Shelvey is a Charlton player and if he gets injured then it’s their problem. Although it’s more unlikely nothing stops Shelvey getting injured outside of football, he could easily, but hopefully not fall and break a leg walking down the street, and if that was to be the case before May 10th then would Liverpool cancel the deal?
It’s a real shame Charlton are in this situation because despite the fact that Shelvey has had a disappointing season for the Addicks, his undoubted talent could have been very useful for the final two games of the season and the play-offs.