New Elland Road owner criticises star for fatigue excuse.
Leeds United chairman Ken Bates has launched a scathing attack on defender George McCartney for claiming the squad is tired.
The 30-year-old, on a season-long loan from Sunderland, claimed in a local newspaper some of the Whites’ squad were “out on their feet after playing so much this season”.
The Northern Ireland international has made a total of 32 appearances for the Yorkshire club.
This angered Bates, who only yesterday became the controlling shareholder of the club, was angered by the comments especially as he has not been impressed with McCartney’s attitude since arriving from Wearside.
“I see he’s rather unwisely been giving an interview in which he says the players are tired, ‘a sense of jadedness among certain players has proved telling’,” Bates told Yorkshire Radio:
“Well, I don’t quite understand what he means by that because when we play QPR we’ll have played 50 games, but everybody at the club will have played at least 48, 46 league games and two cup matches.
“I don’t understand what he means by players being ‘out on their feet’ after playing so much this season.
“It certainly doesn’t apply to him. As far as I can see, looking at the fixture list, as far as I know, he has only played twice in the last six games.
“So I don’t think fatigue can contribute to his contribution, which I haven’t been particularly impressed with.
“As I understand it, he has been fined more than once for turning up late in training.
“So perhaps if he turned up on time and showed a bit more commitment then he wouldn’t feel quite so tired.
“I think it’s a rubbish excuse for him and anybody else who wants to swing that one.”