There is no doubt that SKD has achieved legendary status at the club, He’s worked hard in just about every game he’s played, he’s shown commitment above and beyond the call; he’s turned clubs down in favour of us so there was no doubt that his leaving the club in any fashion was going to be a bitter pill to swallow. I have a lot of love for SKD, I’ve backed him in many an argument against those who would label him a ‘thug’ and those who bemoaned his Yellow card record but the pragmatist within me must set these things aside for the sake of objectivity.
Could the club have handled this saga better? resoundingly YES….Was there much wiggle room?……….well…….No. I think Mark has already alluded to the fact that the timing could have been better, although it was somewhat unavoidable, the loan window closes Thursday the 28th and SKD’s birthday was Tuesday 26th, perhaps if the decision had been given earlier things may well have panned out better but as fans we are not privy to all the things that go on behind the closed doors of the club. What Galls me is the fact that a lot of the fans are letting the "talksport interviews" and media frenzy cloud their judgement. I use quotes there as the interviews were EXTREMELY biased on the grounds of sensationalism and I have lost some respect for Adrian Durham as a result. His job, of course is to be sensationalist, it brings in callers to their £1 a minute call line which is his job, he is often outspoken but he does know his football, but when he called Phil Gartside a liar yesterday on the grounds that he believed SKD over PG based on the interviews was nothing short of disgraceful. Now I have no great love for Phil Gartside but given that we as fans don’t know the ins and outs of discussions between players and management I find it appalling that a radio presenter can pass judgement to millions based on a few minutes chat without any recourse.
That aside, let’s all be objective here; SKD is 36………ok lets all just let that bed in there……36. name me another 5 strikers currently playing in or above the championship aged 36. Is anyone surprised at the fact that he’s not being given a contract? WE are not Man U or Citeh, we do not have the budget to be sentimental and offer Kevin a contract so he can ‘officially’ get his testimonial….I’m sorry but that’s how it is, Money has killed the game, deal with it, we all let it happen!. Given that Dougie has only really played him when necessary it was obvious that he wasn’t going to get much game time moving forward, for a player that has openly said he wants to play a ‘couple more years’ how does that sit with the current squad? It seems obvious to me that player who wants to play would be better in a squad that will play him rather than a squad that wont……..non? Had the club announced their decision on Wednesday then people would have bemoaned the fact that it only left Kev a day to find a loan deal if he so chose, damned if you do, damned if you don't. The fact that the decision was announced on his birthdays is a painful coincidence but if anyone thinks it was spite then you're delusional. When Adrian Durham postulated that Dougie got rid because his status in the club with staff and the youth team could be seen as a threat to the managers authority, I almost choked on my tea….I turned off that point knowing it was not going to get better (if only because I was agreeing with Darren Gough)
I am genuinely gutted about how this has panned out, and the fact that SKD is being let go: like most fans I had held the hope that he would be kept in the backroom in some role. But we have to put sentimentality to one side and be objective. SKD does not fit with the new ethos, the manger does not see him in the plans going forward, he wouldn't be the first manager to think that way. When players let their contract run down they are looking after their best interests, when clubs do it we/they are abhorrent….it seems. From my heart I thank him for his service and will always remember him, I hope to see him in the club again at some point but for now, we have to let the manager be the manager….not the fans.