Jewell: Bullard Deal Just Can't Be Done Monday, 13th Jun 2011 14:18
Town boss Paul Jewell has revealed that the club has ended its pursuit of former loanee Jimmy Bullard. The 32-year-old Hull City midfielder spent a hugely successful spell at the club in the second half of the season and won the the Blues' Player of the Year award but the Town manager says the financial side of the deal is beyond the club at present.
Jewell said: “Jimmy was great for us and we were good for Jimmy but realistically it just isn’t going to happen.”
The Blues boss says he talked to Tigers director of football operations Adam Pearson last night but the deal just can’t be done: “We just can’t afford to pay what Hull want and what Jimmy wants.
"He’s not just on a Premier League contract, he’s on a top Premier League contract.”
Jewell had been keen to sign his former Wigan player on a permanent basis but always admitted that with Bullard having two years remaining on his £45,000-a-week contract at Hull it would be a very difficult deal for Town to do. Hull are unwilling to loan the former Peterborough and Fulham man unless a large proportion of his wages are paid by the loaning club.
Bullard has been reported to have been in talks with QPR in recent weeks, while Norwich, West Ham and Wigan have also been linked.
The one-time England call-up made 16 appearances for Town having signed on loan in January, scoring five goals.
Seems Jimmy's ...."its not about money", and "money is everything" is all sounding familiar and a tad hollow from these professional footballers that all want to be loved , and hero worshipped, yet just under the surface are only really in it for "THE LOOOOOOT" (quote R.Kelly)
I don't know why people are sitting on here slagging of Bullard without knowing the in's and out's.
Would you leave your work to go somewhere else on half the salary? No i thought not. He was here for 3 months and realistically why would he have the same loyalty as we all do having supported Town our whole lives?
Good luck Jimmy and thanks for the effort when you were here on loan. Top player who deserves to be playing in the premier league.
@IP3 Correct me if I'm wrong but we have just signed Chopra for 1.5M haven't we? We didn't get into the Play-offs with Bullard, give Ingarmarrson a chance. Paying through the nose for Bullard really isn't worth it. Otherwise Hull wouldn't be trying to get rid of him, they'd be back in the Premier League using your logic.
Not too dissapointed to be honest, at least it puts the speculation to an end. No doubting he played a massive part in keeping us up but more importantly he showed us what we were really missing in our midfield.
I cant help thinking that if we'd stretched ourselves to getting him him he would've become a financial liability and mayhave prevented us getting in some better long term targets.
Thanks for what you did for us Jimmy, lets see how many games you actually play for whoever you end up with.
had Jimmy had a bad loan spell with us i think hull would have found a way to off load him.i think hull should give us a cut of what ever they get for him as we showed them what a player he was and he couldn't get in their side.pity we weren't allowed to use him in the game against arsenal,it could have been a different story.thanks Jimmy you brought some football back to what was becoming a long ball team...all the best