ClaretandHugh has learned exclusively that the board’s decision to take almost total control springs from just that.
We had it confirmed today that Modibo Maiga’s shocking form, Alou Diarra’s level and average Matt Jarvis’ contribution last season proved the straws that broke David Sullivan and David Gold’s back.
Maiga in particular is now seen a totally lost cause and a senior source told us: “We’d give him a free transfer if anyone wanted him but he’d be lucky to find a Championship club who’d give him £10k a week
“Frankly that was a total disaster and then along came Matt Jarvis for £10 million and that’s not been the greatest value has it?
“We’d certainly get a fee for him but again we’d lose money along with Alou Diarra”
Allardyce’s days of calling the tune on transfer targets is clearly gone with our source explaining: “A club of our size and resources can’t make that number of mistakes.
“We had to take control and we are very hopeful that this summer we shall seem some real quality arrive at good prices.”
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