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Paul Simpson defends Shrewsbury Town transfer policy

James Constable
Constable has scored 52 goals in his two seasons at Oxford

Former Shrewsbury boss Paul Simpson has denied suggestions that a lack of judgement in freeing players too early played a part in his sacking.

He cited James Constable, whose goals have since helped Oxford win promotion from the Blue Square Premier.

"We'd got Grant Holt in as a big-money signing and we needed to balance the books," he told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but every decision I made I felt was right and in the best interests of the club."

He continued: "Constable's gone on to score goals for Oxford for two seasons. The true test will be if he continues to score goals back in the Football League."

After we brought Holt in, the only offer we got to take a player was for James Constable - and we got a decent offer for him

Paul Simpson

Simpson was sacked by Shrewsbury with two games to go last season, as the side missed out on the League Two play-offs - a year after guiding Town to the play-off final where they lost out to a last-minute goal against Gillingham.

There has been criticism that he looked to rebuild his squad by releasing a number of players, including Ben Herd to Aldershot, Marc Pugh to Hereford and Michael Symes to Accrington - all of whom have impressed at their new clubs.

"After we brought Holt in [in 2008], the only offer we got to take a player was for James Constable - and we got a decent offer for him," Simpson added.

Constable has been Oxford's top scorer for two years in a row and netted 26 goals this season as they won the Blue Square Premier play-off final.



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