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Boss Jones blasts Fowler critics

Robbie Fowler
Robbie Fowler was a free agent, says Dave Jones

Cardiff City boss Dave Jones has rounded on critics of Robbie Fowler over his shock move to Blackburn.

Jones said: "There are fans having a go who didn't want Robbie here. Now they're having a go at the fact he's going, so how do you win?

"You often hear of players under contract who want to move. Robbie was a free agent and not under contract.

"It's not a sign of the times. It's not just happened now. It's always been going on."

Jones also feels Fowler's critics are out of touch with reality if they believe all the Bluebirds players would not want to join him in the Premier League.

"Sometimes people have to understand that every player at this club wants to play at that level," said Jones.

"It's happened. Why do we keep going on about it? We sell, we buy, we do everything and everyone's got an opinion.

"I'm disappointed that I've lost a striker. I didn't expect it. I thought he would sign.

"But he's got an opportunity to strut his stuff in the Premier League and how do you stop someone from doing that?

"I'm not angry. In football everybody wants to play in the Premier League and he's got an opportunity to go back to it so you just move on with things.

"It can happen and what you've got to do is, if you start going on about it and going over it, you forget what you've got and what you're working with.

"I've never done that so I'd rather just work with what we've got and get on with it.

"We're disappointed to lose him, but we wish him all the best and hope he does well there."

see also
Fowler to link up with Blackburn
11 Jul 08 |  Blackburn
Cardiff close in on Bent signing
12 Jul 08 |  Charlton
Cardiff to offer Fowler new deal
17 Jun 08 |  Cardiff
Fowler hit by fresh injury blow
21 Dec 07 |  Cardiff
Fowler seeks to solve hip worry
09 Nov 07 |  Cardiff
Bluebirds welcome thrills Fowler
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