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Rovers shoot themselves in the foot again

Phil Jones has a 'release clause` in his Blackburn Rovers contract that would allow him to leave the club if any of the clubs circling him bid £16million.

Masterful contract negotiation has left Rovers with their hands tied in their attempts to keep Jones who is known to be an ambitious guy and would probably see a move to one of England's leading lights as too good a chance to turn down.

There has even been a rumour that Jones met briefly with Steve Kean yesterday and informed him that he would like the chance to talk to other clubs if bids are received and accepted.

So in short, not good.

Bigwigs at Rovers are still hopeful that Jonesy will stay at the club for at least another season but the facts and the gossip seem to indicate that sounds like a losing battle.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City and Man United are all ready to rock and roll.

With those clubs chasing him we could have had the auctions to end all auctions. But due to clauses that we inserted in the contracts of Damien Duff and Craig Bellamy in the past it looks as if our hands are tied.

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Writer:Mikey Delap
Date:Tuesday June 7 2011
Time: 9:03AM


Not a great evening/morning to wake up to!
Mikey Delap
07/06/2011 09:42:00
who had the clever idea to put a clause in his contract?! can't believe it, incredibly poor management
07/06/2011 09:56:00
With all the uncertainty around the club he was probably advised to insist on such a clause. Just because it is there doesnt mean it has to be activated, and 16m is still a starting point.
07/06/2011 10:27:00
I agree with DARWENBELL on this, you have to see it in Footballing terms. When PJ agreed on a new deal there was the uncertainty around the club and no doubt his agent was making sure he had options. The main thing is if we're his club so he probably won't want to leave just yet unless we get such a big offer that the club can't refuse like with Andy Carroll in January.
07/06/2011 10:49:00
What do you expect with the clowns now running our club, and one of the muppets as manager? Nothing has changed we still have to sell our best players to fund any transfer dealings. If you were Phil Jones would you stay?
07/06/2011 11:33:00
Shooting ourselves in the foot or Masterstroke?, The figure is there for all to see, and its case of pay it, or the boy stays. If the shoe was on the other foot and we had £16 million to spend would we blow the whole budget on Jones? I very much doubt it, in fact the would be a serious uproar if we did. The question is, will any club be willing to pay so much for his potential, His clause valuation and other clubs valuations are reported to be miles apart. Football is all about opinions and I do not think he is worth anywhere near £16 million at present, there is far too many if's and buts, I also noticed when he played for the under 21's the other day that he was putting weight on and looked quite out of shape, Less composed on the ball than his defensive partner Smalling, who incidentally was the defender who stood out with his range of passing and his speed. if we can get that figure, which is a big IF, then its great business IMO, There has been too many so called the next big thing players appear on the scene and quickly disappear in years gone by for us all to get to disheartend by his potential exit. Remember Jeffers, Pennant, Delph, Agbonlahour, Bentley, Bendtnar, Macheda, Kightley, Martin Taylor,Cadamaateri, Vaughn, Michael Johnson, Ireland the list goes on of so called wonder boys who have either gone of the boil or just gone of the Map
07/06/2011 12:51:00
16mil not enough, but as a starting point for negotiations it makes sense. unfortunately, it seems to be a figure potential clubs are building up to, rather than starting from
07/06/2011 16:20:00
I don't want Jones to leave but £16 million (as the lowest we would now be forced to accept) is a good amount for someone so young. I know that he has so much ability and potential, however, this potential needs to be fulfilled. I'm sure it will but if he was to leave this summer and we sold for £16 million it's not as bad as it could be really is it?? As it is I still feel that Jones will spend at least one more season with us.
07/06/2011 18:13:00
What are guys talking about ? 16m is a good money for Jones. Remember, he was injured for most of the season and signed a deal in Jan2010. Its obvious that agent negotiated the release clause. 16m for a 20 year old who didn't play most of the season is good. This is a player's market. There might be a bidding war if there was no release clause. But at same time, some big clubs could have poached him for even 10 or 12m as well. Clause guarentees 16m, which in other case is not possible.
08/06/2011 02:31:00
The bottom line for me is that we have a local lad who has come through the ranks and is potentially (and yes of course right now ONLY potentially) one of the greatest Rovers of recent times, and I don't want to see him leave because he's can't be replaced. Not because of his ability, but because of what he means to the place. £16m is a lot of money, but it can't buy us players coming through the system.
08/06/2011 07:01:00
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