Savaged: Blues boss attacks Robbie's 'sob story'

Last updated at 15:54 06 January 2005

Birmingham co-owner David Sullivan has launched another verbal attack on want-away midfielder Robbie Savage and labelled his stance as "sickening and depressing."

But Sullivan also had a chilling warning for Savage and said: "No player has left us on his terms in my 12 years at the club."

Savage wants to join a club in the north west so he can be based nearer to his ill parents who live in Wrexham, but Sullivan has described this claim as "a sob story."

Blackburn want to sign the Welsh international but two bids have so far fallen well short of City's £3.5million valuation of the 30-year-old.

Sullivan said: "Robbie is second only to Christophe Dugarry in my all-time list of favourite Birmingham City players and I will never forget his contribution over the last two-and-a-half years.

'Sickening attitude

"But now I find his attitude sickening and depressing. He signed a new four year contract and then, when offered more money by a rival club, thought he could ignore it and walk away on the cheap.

"But since I've been here there has never been a player who has left us on his terms. It has always been on our terms - and always will be.

"What Robbie ought to know is that the more he moans, the more stories we see and hear, the more determined it makes us as a club."

Sullivan added: "We've heard all the sob stories about about Robbie moving nearer to home for the sake of his family but basically this is not the real issue.

"The bottom line is that he is an adult who signed a contract and should honour it. We all have problems in life that we have to overcome. Why he thinks he is such a different case, I don't know.

"This club is not a voluntary organisation. You just can't turn up and think you can do what you please."

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