Agent could end Porter's reign at Boundary Park

Last updated : 02 March 2007 By Dave Moore
Chris Porter's agent is jeopardising the future of the striker at Boundary Park. Porter is a free agent at the end of this season but Athletic's managing director Simon Corney has blasted the agent and accused him of unsettling the player. Porter is going through a rough patch and, after hitting 20 goals, has not scored in the last five games.

Mr. Corney was quick to admit that, "It isn't Chris, it's his agent (Vincent O'Keefe). The guy is talking about ludicrous money. He has made it clear that Chris will probably leave us in the summer but I don't think anyone benefits from the situation we've got. I know it isn't helping us on the pitch because Chris needs to get his head down and score a few goals. I'm sure his agent is behind the link with Stoke. It's disappointing to see this kind of thing because he's our player, he needs to concentrate and the speculation doesn't help. We made Chris an offer which was turned down, and it's clear to me that some people would prefer him to move on."

"The terms his agent came up with are a million miles from our own ideas but I haven't given up hope we could reach an agreement. I think people should be worried about our losing run instead of thinking about their own futures. We need to turn things round quickly, so hopefully all the players will focus on just one thing, winning at Carlisle on Saturday. At the same time, I certainly don't subscribe to any idea that we're in crisis after four defeats. I think that's far from being the truth. I would still take our league position over 19 other teams, so this isn't a time to panic. It's just a time to formulate a plan."