City Had Their Chance - Tabb

Last updated : 21 January 2009 By Covsupport News Service
Jay Tabb has said that Coventry City had their chance to give him a new deal back in the summer and didn't.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coventry and wish everyone - the manager, chairman, players and the fans - the best of luck for the future," said Tabb to the CT, after signing for Reading for an undisclosed fee.

"I went to the manager in the summer and made it clear that I wanted a new contract - I had been player of the season and felt I deserved one and I was keen to sign before the season started.

"My agent exchanged a couple of calls with the club and the impression I got was that there was no rush, which was not the answer I wanted to hear.

"The chairman spoke to me up in Scotland during the pre-season tour and explained that they were trying to sign a couple of players and let a couple go and that it might take time to get the wage structure right before they could offer me anything.

"I fully understood that, but it was not my problem and that was the last I heard for a while. The manager then spoke to me again in November, by which time I was feeling a bit homesick and lonely living up here on my own.

"My brother had been living with me but he had gone off to college and so I told him that I wasn't going to sign but that I would continue to give my best for the club.

"A couple of clubs expressed a bit of interest in me but nothing concrete and I was expecting to stay until the end of the season. But then the manager pulled me in before the game on Saturday and told me that they had accepted a bid from Reading and that I was free to talk to them.

"But I would like to stress that I got on very well with the manager and chairman and know that if it had been entirely up to Chris Coleman that I would have got a new contract in the pre-season.

"I am not saying it is anyone's fault but it happens at a lot of football clubs to players who don't kick up a fuss. I can understand if the finances are not there, but if clubs want to keep hold of players they need to sort out new deals for them."

"It was quite strange playing against Blackpool because none of the players knew. "I tried to linger around on the final whistle clapping the fans for a bit longer than I would normally, but I didn't want to wave too much in case the deal didn't go through.

"I told a few of the lads afterwards and they all wished me the best of luck and then I went down for my medical on Monday and signed later that day."

Tabb will be able to play for Reading at the Ricoh in April after Reading refused to insert the clause City wanted into his contract meaning he would miss the game.

"My agent mentioned that there might be something in the contract," said Tabb, "and I wasn't sure if it had been included.

"I would certainly like to play in that one because it would be lovely to come back to the Ricoh and see everyone, not least the fans who have always been brilliant to me. I am not sure what sort of reception I would get because there will always be those who boo and stuff, but I like to think that I gave my all for Coventry City while I was there and thoroughly enjoyed my time."