Fans dealt another blow.
In a week when the Chairboys announced the signing of new striker Alex Revell only to retract the story an hour later when the deal stalled, Wycombe supporters woke this morning to discover that their best player and fans’ favourite Tommy Doherty has left the club for nothing and their star loanee Scott Davies will be returning to Reading after tomorrow’s game and not remaining at Adams Park for the rest of the season as most supporters had hoped.
Doherty’s story appeared on Wycombe’s official website this morning, with the club stating that they have reluctantly agreed to terminate the midfielder’s contract after he told them that he didn’t want to play for manager Gary Waddock because of a dispute the two had when they were together at Queens Park Rangers a few years ago.
Wycombe owner Steve Hayes, who appointed Waddock after sacking promotion-winning manager Peter Taylor just 11 games into the new season, went on to say that he knew Doherty wasn’t happy at the time of Waddock’s appointment.
“Tom wasn’t happy when we appointed Gary in October and told us so at the time,” said Hayes, “Gary was prepared to forget any history between them and he and I sat down with Tom on a number of occasions to try and heal the rift between them. However, Tom now says that he’s made up his mind he wants to leave.”
In the Bucks Free Press, Hayes says of the contract termination: “We tried to persuade him to stay until the summer..but he didn’t want that and we’ve done a deal that we’re pleased with.”
On their Gasroom messageboard, Wycombe fans were quick to express their disappointment at Doherty’s departure, with many questioning why a widely admired player who was contracted until June 2011, would be freed to play for someone else without the club receiving a transfer fee, particularly at a time when funding for fresh blood is urgently required if the Blues are to have any hope of avoiding relegation.
Waddock distanced himself from any controversy by saying: “I’m really sorry to be losing Tom. He’s a quality footballer and I have the greatest respect for him. I picked him in the team whenever he was fit and available and I regarded him as a valuable member of the squad. However, he still blames me for the way things worked out at QPR..he’s made his mind up that he doesn’t want to play for me any more so it’s best for all concerned that we part company.”
In further disappointing news, Waddock has told the Bucks Free Press that Davies will be returning to Reading after tomorrow’s Charlton game because; “He is too much money to buy. We have asked them and he’s way over our budget.. so we are now looking elsewhere.”
Despite only arriving at Adams Park in October, Davies is Wycombe’s second highest scorer from open play this season, is top of the Chairboys’ shooting stats and has provided more assists than any other player at the club.
The loss of Doherty and Davies rips the heart out of a Wycombe midfield which many would say has been the only area of the team worth its salt this season.
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Fans dealt another blow.