Coventry City manager Mark Robins fumed at Burnley boss Vincent Kompany when the Belgian revealed his interest in midfielder Callum O’Hare.
Robins was unimpressed Kompany revealed his admiration for O’Hare and insisted he wanted to keep the playmaker at the Midlands club.
Kompany admitted he was a huge O’Hare fan with reportedly rebuffed offers for the 24-year-old.
Speaking after their pre-season win over Shrewsbury, Kompany told the media: “I am for transparency. I’d rather not lie, but these things are hard until they’re done, they can always go wrong. We think he’s a great player, and we think he’d be great for us, but it’s a done deal, no.
But that left Robins disappointed with the Sky Blues manager desperate to keep his key man. He told the Coventry Telegraph: “I saw their manager make comments that I didn’t like, but that’s the way it is.
“Everyone knows he’s been the subject of interest. Burnley have been there all summer and haven’t left so we’ll see what the next few weeks have in store for us.”
Robins refused to be drawn into further speculation and insisted that O’Hare was still on his team. That was backed up by O’Hare playing 80 minutes in their friendly against Oxford on Saturday, as he came on for Liam Kelly after ten minutes.
From what both managers have said, it looks like a move that will continue into the upcoming season.
O’Hare has two years left on his contract at Coventry, securing his future at the CBS Arena until the end of the 2023/24 season, and ensuring the Sky Blues are in a strong position to negotiate any offers. arriving for midfield.
Firstly, Robins’ words indicate that the move is not as advanced as initially thought, which should be viewed as a positive for Coventry fans.
Second, Robins is right to be frustrated because transfers are best done in the background. Any word of potential moves can send fans into a frenzy that may ultimately filter down into the squad, something no manager will want at this stage of pre-season.
If Burnley are so interested, they will make a deal work rather than upsetting a player through the media, intentionally or unintentionally.