JAMAL LOWE’S decision to take aim at the integrity of some of Pompey’s ‘decision makers’ after leaving for Wigan has not gone down well at Fratton Park.
The winger completed his protracted move to the DW Stadium on Thursday for a fee believed to be in the region of £3m, and thanked Pompey fans for their support during his two-and-half years at the club. He then took aim at certain people behind the scenes at the club.
In a Twitter message Lowe apologised to supporters for the lack of communication on his future throughout the summer but blamed others at Portsmouth for the situation. He wrote: “A lot of things happened behind closed doors which left me questioning the integrity of some of the decision makers at the club.”
The pointed barb was raised at a fans’ forum on Thursday night with Kenny Jackett and chief executive Mark Catlin responding directly to the 25-year-old’s post.
While Jackett was as diplomatic as you would expect saying Lowe was entitled to his opinion and his (Jackett’s) ‘conscience was clear’, Catlin was a little more direct.
“I’m not digging Jamal out here, but I think generally when players sign contracts, as a club we expect them to honour those contracts,” said Catlin, clearly pointing to the fact that Lowe still had a year remaining on his current deal.
“The fans deserve that; as a club we deserve that. When we enter into contracts and a player gets injured a few weeks later they still expect us to pay their wages in full – they don’t expect us to start renegotiating it.
“So, likewise, we have that responsibility I feel to the fans and, you know, on behalf of the club, we expect players to honour those contracts and those who don’t, to me, lack that integrity.”