Hull boss Steve Bruce hits back at QPR striker’s claims

15:28 03 February 2013

DJ Campbell. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

DJ Campbell. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce hit back in the war-of-words between the Tigers and QPR striker DJ Campbell.

It emerged that Campbell was in talks with the Tigers but was swayed by Blackburn on transfer deadline day, although the move was not completed in time.

Bruce was unhappy at the way a move to the KC Stadium collapsed, citing a lack of a phone call, but the 31-year-old striker refuted these claims.

“Just for the record, all this I’m hearing about me is complete rubbish,” Campbell wrote on Twitter.

“I drove four hours to Hull and gave them hours to sort the deal, instead they wasted mine & my family’s time.”

But Bruce, after seeing his side beat Millwall by a goal to nil, gave a detailed version of events and pointed the fingers at Campbell’s advisors and was unhappy at the suggestion that he was lying.

“I wasn’t there,” Bruce explained “I was in London trying to get the two Egyptian boys [Ahmed Fathi and Gedo] over with their work permits.

“DJ arrived the night before deadline day in the hotel with his advisors.

“We went to meet him there at quarter to 12 at night with our press officer to make sure the room was okay. They got him a drink to welcome him up here.

“We’ve been negotiating with his advisors, and this is who I blame. I don’t blame DJ Campbell.

“His advisors, we’ve been talking to them for the best part of three weeks as we’ve been waiting to see what’s going to happen with QPR in the FA Cup.

“I’m going to tell you in detail and you can print it any way you want.

“We’ve been talking for about two or three weeks. The parameter of the deal was practically there in terms of where the numbers should be. Obviously there were discussions going on which is normal. That’s why they’re there.

“DJ travelled up for a medical. They then decided that they’re going to have a sandwich. Okay, and we’ll resume talks after lunch. By this time it was only 12, 1 o’clock.

“From that moment they left, I don’t think his advisor spoke to my chief executive who’s still waiting in the stadium so you can make your own mind up whether we treated him with total disrespect or whether his agent got a phone call from Blackburn during their lunch.

“We couldn’t find him for two-three hours. It’s that what I’m annoyed about, not DJ. If they had rung and said ‘we’ve got a wonderful offer from Blackburn and they’ve blown you out of the water in terms of financial,’ I’d have said ‘good luck to the lad.’

“He’s entitled to get on with his career and if someone is going to offer him that amount of money, I’m staggered that they have but there you go. Good luck to him, I don’t blame him.

“I thought his advisors would have rang my chief exec. All he had to say was ‘thanks ever so much, I’ve had a wonderful from Blackpool, I’m going down the road and not leave my chief exec [in the lurch].”

Bruce confirmed that he would not be trying to do a deal again when the loan window reopens saying: “Would I *******. That good enough?”

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