Belfast Telegraph

Ferguson rages at Crues after Cushley photos

By Graham Luney

Glenn Ferguson has blasted Crusaders over the way the club announced David Cushley's signing. Cushley signed a three-year pre-contract with the Premiership champions but Sky Blues boss Ferguson was fuming when he saw photographs of his star man in a Crusaders jersey.

The 26-year-old former Lisburn Distillery player rejected United's offer to extend his contract but he will not join the Crues until the summer.

Crusaders chairman Stephen Bell has issued an apology to the Showgrounds club and 'Spike' accused the Shore Road side of disrepecting him, the club and it's supporters.

"I was aware that David had spoken to Crusaders and Linfield and he informed me on Monday that he would join Crusaders at the end of the season," said Ferguson.

"That was fine but I could not believe the photographs of David Cushley being paraded as a Crusaders player. I felt that was a very unprofessional approach and it was simply Crusaders sticking two fingers up to ourselves and Linfield.

"Just because you are league champions it does not allow you behave in this disrespectful manner. The contract should have been signed and then quietly placed in the drawer but the photographs put David, myself and our board in a difficult position.

"I had to phone Stephen Baxter (Crusaders manager) and he didn't know too much about the photos and apologised but I shouldn't have had to make that call and there should be better communication between him and his board."

Ferguson is hoping his United side can give him a much needed lift at Coleraine today.

But what he doesn't want to receive in the new year though is December's Manager of the Month award.

After Ferguson won the prize in September the Sky Blues hit a losing streak in the league, losing to Crusaders, Portadown and Glenavon.

"I think it's the manager of the month syndrome," said Ferguson.

"I won it and lost two or three games in a row, Whitey Anderson won it and lost five in-a-row and Oran (Kearney) won it and lost four in a row!

"I'm sure there are managers sitting on the edge of their seats going 'please don't pick me!'

"It is a nice accolade but it seems to be a curse at the minute."

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