Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Spits and spats on the Gold Coast

A lovely little spat in Queensland has seen the billionaire boss of Gold Coast United throwing his toys out of the pram over a reported bid by Genclerbirligi for Kiwi striker Shane Smeltz.

"Who cares if the Turks want him?" Clive Palmer told the Courier Mail in this article.

"He has signed up with us. He's our player legally - end of story. He doesn't want to go to play in Turkey."

According to the story Smeltz has signed with the Gold Coast for three years and, without him having kicked a ball in anger for the Gold Coast, Gencler have come in and offered him three times the salary he will be receiving.

Palmer though is adament his player will be staying.

"I don't know anyone in their right mind who would want to go to play in Turkey," Palmer said seemingly ignoring the quite large number of Aussie players in the Turkish league, let alone all the other foreigners in the league.

The Australian version of Four Four Two magazine also reported Gold Coast coach Miron Bleiberg as warning Genclerbirligi to be careful.

"They shouldn't upset Clive Palmer any further or he might decide to buy their club out," Bleiberg said in what may be our best hope of getting rid of Cavcav before the year 2020.

Then again, I'm not sure that swapping Cavcav for a Queensland bore is quite a good swap. Here's what one person said of Palmer on the Four Four Two article:

"What else would you expect from a man who bankrolls the Queensland Liberal-National Party (Banana Party)?"


  1. I don't know anyone in their right mind who would want to go to play in Turkey"

    Life goes in a different style down there in Aussie I guess!

  2. Gencler sign Jacques Momha, a Cameroonian left-back, Anatolia reports