Joe Gamble upset at timing of Hartlepool United release

Joe Gamble in action against Charlton Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID.
Joe Gamble in action against Charlton Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID.

JOE Gamble admits he felt let down by the timing of his release from Hartlepool United.

The 29-year-old and nine other team-mates were told by first-team coach Mick Wadsworth and chief executive Russ Green on Wednesday they would not be offered a new contact.

That leaves father-of-two Gamble searching for a new club ahead of pre-season and the Republic of Ireland international believes he should have been informed of Pools’ decision at an earlier date.

“I’m disappointed and feel a bit let down by the way the club did business,” said the Cork-born star in a candid interview with SportMail.

“I think it shows a lack of respect for someone who has given their all for the club.

“Even if they’d told me a month ago it would have given me time to sort out stuff like moving house, packing up my belongings and trying to ring potential new clubs.

“I understand that’s the way Hartlepool do business, but its smacks of disrespect to any player.

“If they don’t think I’m good enough then I have no problem with that, as it’s an opinion of the club.

“Yes, I was genuinely shocked, but my biggest gripe is why they couldn’t tell me even a few weeks beforehand.

“To leave it so late means I haven’t had the chance to speak to anyone else as I thought I would be offered a new deal.

“I just think that way of doing things isn’t right on the players of any players in any club – honesty is a quality that doesn’t take much time.

“At other clubs the news of who is being let go might not be released until the end of the season but players have an idea of what is going to happen and can prepare for it.”

He added: “I respect the club’s decision, but I’m disappointed in the manner of timing.

“But that’s life – I’m not one bit bitter as where will that get me?

“I’ll stay positive and get on with things because I’ve got a young family and they are my priority.”

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