McAnuff turns down Charlton move

Jobi McAnuff: Action Images

Jobi McAnuff: Action Images

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Jobi McAnuff has rejected the chance to join fellow Championship strugglers Charlton Athletic as Watford look to reduce their wage bill in a bid to bring in the likes of Claude Davis.

It is understood that McAnuff is the highest earner at Vicarage Road and, with the Hornets hierarchy looking to balance the books, the club accepted a loan move from the Addicks, but the player turned down the move.

Brendan Rodgers has said he needs to reduce the size of his squad if he is to bring in more players, but it is understood that McAnuff is happy to stay at the Golden Boys and had no interest in moving to The Valley.

Rodgers said: "Clubs at this time are looking to players and Charlton was one of the clubs that asked about Jobi. But Jobi is happy where he is at the moment. Unless something suits him and the club then he won't be going."

The Watford boss is desperate to bring in a commanding and experienced centre-half to shore up a defence which has already conceded 50 league goals this season.

One player who is believed to be on the Hornets' radar is Derby defender Claude Davis, who would fit the bill at 6ft tall and having made 48 appearances for Jamaica.

However Rodgers said: "It is one where I will never talk about players that are at other clubs. What I will say is we are on the lookout for defensive cover at the moment, it is an area where we are short on."

Rodgers added: "Anyone we would bring in would need to be a centre-half of stature. In this league you need that, especially at the back."

There are a number of players Watford are looking at but Rodgers said they have to be the right type.

The Orns were on the verge of signing a young striker on loan from one of the Premiership's 'top four' last week, before the parent club pulled out due to an injury to one of their first-team players.

Rodgers' first three signings were youngsters – Liam Bridcutt, Jack Cork and Gavin Hoyte – but the Northern Irishman says he now wants to bring in some experience.

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10:55am Fri 23 Jan 09

Berks Horn says...

I think he's the only one who's happy he's where he is!!

To be fair though, who would join Charlton. That's like saying you're happy to be playing in League 1 next year.

Let's hope we can foist him off on someone else.
I think he's the only one who's happy he's where he is!! To be fair though, who would join Charlton. That's like saying you're happy to be playing in League 1 next year. Let's hope we can foist him off on someone else. Berks Horn
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11:04am Fri 23 Jan 09

dmuz says...

PLEASE GO!
PLEASE GO! dmuz
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11:07am Fri 23 Jan 09

FromDiv4 says...

Well Jobi, show us how happy you are by giving 100% for every minute you are on the pitch. You have got the ability when you can be bothered, what we need is a bit more commitment from you.

(how apt - the security word I had to type for this post was "lazy-work")
Well Jobi, show us how happy you are by giving 100% for every minute you are on the pitch. You have got the ability when you can be bothered, what we need is a bit more commitment from you. (how apt - the security word I had to type for this post was "lazy-work") FromDiv4
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11:29am Fri 23 Jan 09

Berks Horn says...

Funny you should say that FromDiv4 - I always notice that the security phrases always seem pretty appropriate. I wonder if they're picked from a fixed set of rigged words!

hang-lose
Funny you should say that FromDiv4 - I always notice that the security phrases always seem pretty appropriate. I wonder if they're picked from a fixed set of rigged words! hang-lose Berks Horn
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12:28pm Fri 23 Jan 09

Paradise Watford says...

Jobi seems to have turned into one of those players who is happy to collect his wages and make no effort to actually earn/justify them.


Only positive from this story is that it appears that there are some clubs out there that are blind and would be willing to take him off us - and not a moment too soon.
Jobi seems to have turned into one of those players who is happy to collect his wages and make no effort to actually earn/justify them. Only positive from this story is that it appears that there are some clubs out there that are blind and would be willing to take him off us - and not a moment too soon. Paradise Watford
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1:18pm Fri 23 Jan 09

antipas says...

that's just typical- the most highly paid is the most ineffective. He's taking the club for a ride. Let's hope he bumps into GT in a corridor soon- then he'll 'understand' what's required!
that's just typical- the most highly paid is the most ineffective. He's taking the club for a ride. Let's hope he bumps into GT in a corridor soon- then he'll 'understand' what's required! antipas
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1:25pm Fri 23 Jan 09

enlightened one says...

He's holding out for Real Madrid.

Useless.All for 1.75 million,money well spent.
He's holding out for Real Madrid. Useless.All for 1.75 million,money well spent. enlightened one
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1:46pm Fri 23 Jan 09

ralphinator says...

I just got jobi-crap

Made that up...

He must now be the most unpopular player ever to don the yellow shirt, maybe apart from that centre half we loaned from Hull in the 70s whose name escapes me
I just got jobi-crap Made that up... He must now be the most unpopular player ever to don the yellow shirt, maybe apart from that centre half we loaned from Hull in the 70s whose name escapes me ralphinator
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1:49pm Fri 23 Jan 09

Magician says...

Reason why McDuff is still here is that Lionel has been sold to Huddersfield.

Shame no-one has reported this. No on the website nor the Paper
Reason why McDuff is still here is that Lionel has been sold to Huddersfield. Shame no-one has reported this. No on the website nor the Paper Magician
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2:07pm Fri 23 Jan 09

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

Magician wrote:
Reason why McDuff is still here is that Lionel has been sold to Huddersfield. Shame no-one has reported this. No on the website nor the Paper
that explains Ainsworth's sudden recall from Hereford.

On another note, we have signed a goalkeeper from...wait for it...Chelsea's reserves. He's 29 and used to play for Basingstoke. Which is nice.
[quote][p][bold]Magician[/bold] wrote: Reason why McDuff is still here is that Lionel has been sold to Huddersfield. Shame no-one has reported this. No on the website nor the Paper[/p][/quote]that explains Ainsworth's sudden recall from Hereford. On another note, we have signed a goalkeeper from...wait for it...Chelsea's reserves. He's 29 and used to play for Basingstoke. Which is nice. Only 2 Ross Jenkins
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4:36pm Fri 23 Jan 09

WFC4ever says...

Only 2 Ross Jenkins wrote:
Magician wrote: Reason why McDuff is still here is that Lionel has been sold to Huddersfield. Shame no-one has reported this. No on the website nor the Paper
that explains Ainsworth's sudden recall from Hereford. On another note, we have signed a goalkeeper from...wait for it...Chelsea's reserves. He's 29 and used to play for Basingstoke. Which is nice.
Don't think he even played for them...just a coach so does this mean Chamberlain will go?

Ofcourse McAnuff wouldn't go to Charlton...they are even more skint and certain to go down than us!
[quote][p][bold]Only 2 Ross Jenkins[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Magician[/bold] wrote: Reason why McDuff is still here is that Lionel has been sold to Huddersfield. Shame no-one has reported this. No on the website nor the Paper[/p][/quote]that explains Ainsworth's sudden recall from Hereford. On another note, we have signed a goalkeeper from...wait for it...Chelsea's reserves. He's 29 and used to play for Basingstoke. Which is nice.[/p][/quote]Don't think he even played for them...just a coach so does this mean Chamberlain will go? Ofcourse McAnuff wouldn't go to Charlton...they are even more skint and certain to go down than us! WFC4ever
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4:44pm Fri 23 Jan 09

Hexham Hornet says...

If he is on top wages and not worried about his place in the squad then I can understand him not moving. However, this shows that either he is happy to underachieve or just a mercenary who enjoys collecting his wages.

He has the potential to be good, and canbeat defenders on both flanks. He has a good shot, but never seems to be on target. Similar in ability and achievement to Nigel Callaghan, in my opinion.

If he is on top wages and not worried about his place in the squad then I can understand him not moving. However, this shows that either he is happy to underachieve or just a mercenary who enjoys collecting his wages. He has the potential to be good, and canbeat defenders on both flanks. He has a good shot, but never seems to be on target. Similar in ability and achievement to Nigel Callaghan, in my opinion. Hexham Hornet
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4:54pm Fri 23 Jan 09

blissett1 says...

Hexham, Notgoodenuff is not in the same league as Cally. Cally was one of the best crossers of the ball in the league, whereas Jobby only ever hits crosses to the corner flag.

Also, does this mean Jobby will soon retire to become an overweight DJ in the Greek Isles? I hope so!!
Hexham, Notgoodenuff is not in the same league as Cally. Cally was one of the best crossers of the ball in the league, whereas Jobby only ever hits crosses to the corner flag. Also, does this mean Jobby will soon retire to become an overweight DJ in the Greek Isles? I hope so!! blissett1
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5:13pm Fri 23 Jan 09

hornetcarp says...

who was the young striker......

wellbeck from utd maybe??? before rooney picked up an injury??

any other ideas...
who was the young striker...... wellbeck from utd maybe??? before rooney picked up an injury?? any other ideas... hornetcarp
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8:11pm Fri 23 Jan 09

herts hornet says...

could young striker be Nathan Delfouneso ASTON VILLA prolific reserve goalscorer and yes they are fourth in the league so a top four club at the moment and O'neil did lend us Agbonlahour early days ?
could young striker be Nathan Delfouneso ASTON VILLA prolific reserve goalscorer and yes they are fourth in the league so a top four club at the moment and O'neil did lend us Agbonlahour early days ? herts hornet
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8:32pm Fri 23 Jan 09

watfordkev says...

Have seen him play great for 45 minutes at a time but of late even his seems way beyond him. having said that I can empathise as signing for Chorlton at present is a bit like a turkey voting for Christmas
Have seen him play great for 45 minutes at a time but of late even his seems way beyond him. having said that I can empathise as signing for Chorlton at present is a bit like a turkey voting for Christmas watfordkev
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10:20pm Fri 23 Jan 09

derry pigweed says...

Jobi shows more agression in the queue at Macdonalds London Colney for his breakfast in the morning than he does as Watford's highest earner on the pitch! Aidrian always said he wanted HUNGRY PLAYERS!
Jobi shows more agression in the queue at Macdonalds London Colney for his breakfast in the morning than he does as Watford's highest earner on the pitch! Aidrian always said he wanted HUNGRY PLAYERS! derry pigweed
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10:12am Sat 24 Jan 09

Watford_Writer says...

McAnuff should have been told "you've played your last game for us, go on loan to Charlton, or you'll rot in the reserves”, £12 a week or no £12k a week.

Really, has any other Watford player taken the **** quite so badly as Jobi?!

The guy must be living in cloud cuckoo land – he’s happy at Watford? Happy? The club don’t want him and most of the fans would probably agree that, pound for pound, he must be one of the WORST signings in the history of the club.

He lacks effort, aggression, goals; and takes forever to do anything with the ball (he should've scored last week but spent five minutes thinking about his celebration before being tackled).

Let's face it, if any of us we're doing our job as badly as he has for the last 12 months, we'd be sacked for gross incompetence.

He must know the financial situation the club is in – we simply can’t afford to pay his wages, any more. He should have done the decent thing and gone to Charlton, for the good of the club.

Can't someone spike his lucozade with anabolic steroids and get the Football League testers in? I fear it's the only way we'll get rid of this over-paid clown.
McAnuff should have been told "you've played your last game for us, go on loan to Charlton, or you'll rot in the reserves”, £12 a week or no £12k a week. Really, has any other Watford player taken the **** quite so badly as Jobi?! The guy must be living in cloud cuckoo land – he’s happy at Watford? Happy? The club don’t want him and most of the fans would probably agree that, pound for pound, he must be one of the WORST signings in the history of the club. He lacks effort, aggression, goals; and takes forever to do anything with the ball (he should've scored last week but spent five minutes thinking about his celebration before being tackled). Let's face it, if any of us we're doing our job as badly as he has for the last 12 months, we'd be sacked for gross incompetence. He must know the financial situation the club is in – we simply can’t afford to pay his wages, any more. He should have done the decent thing and gone to Charlton, for the good of the club. Can't someone spike his lucozade with anabolic steroids and get the Football League testers in? I fear it's the only way we'll get rid of this over-paid clown. Watford_Writer
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10:58am Sat 24 Jan 09

Chris the Vic says...

Interesting that Jobi wants to stay and I guess as such he is open to offers.

Well Jobi here it is. On the basis you are the highest paid player in the squad and definitely one who has totally underperformed, we will be happy if between now and the end of the season you put in 100% effort and grab six goals.
Interesting that Jobi wants to stay and I guess as such he is open to offers. Well Jobi here it is. On the basis you are the highest paid player in the squad and definitely one who has totally underperformed, we will be happy if between now and the end of the season you put in 100% effort and grab six goals. Chris the Vic
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1:27pm Sat 24 Jan 09

BooRaider says...

If his wages are such an issue then just terminate his contract if he doesn't want to go to Charlton.
It's no good just saying let him rot in the reserves as he'll still be paid the same money.
There aren't many footballers who aren't mercenaries.
There should be clauses in contracts to say if you are relegated your wages drop down and if you are stuck in the reserves then your wages are reduced.
Don't forget that the Watford players refused to take a cut in wages when they were relegated from the Premier League.
If his wages are such an issue then just terminate his contract if he doesn't want to go to Charlton. It's no good just saying let him rot in the reserves as he'll still be paid the same money. There aren't many footballers who aren't mercenaries. There should be clauses in contracts to say if you are relegated your wages drop down and if you are stuck in the reserves then your wages are reduced. Don't forget that the Watford players refused to take a cut in wages when they were relegated from the Premier League. BooRaider
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1:37pm Sat 24 Jan 09

RobWattie says...

Jobi McAnuff is simply woeful. He is overpaid, lazy & should have been told in no uncertain terms to go to Charlton or face rotting in the reserves.
Jobi McAnuff is simply woeful. He is overpaid, lazy & should have been told in no uncertain terms to go to Charlton or face rotting in the reserves. RobWattie
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9:14am Mon 26 Jan 09

Chris the Vic says...

Great response from Jobi against Palace....keep it up and the future looks pretty good
Great response from Jobi against Palace....keep it up and the future looks pretty good Chris the Vic
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