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Carling Premiership: McCallion hits out at Coleraine boss Platt over text exit

By Mark McIntosh

Tommy McCallion has launched a savage attack on David Platt, accusing him of killing his Coleraine career by text message.

The midfielder has been released by the club but McCallion is fuming at the way he has been axed.

The former Glentoran and Derry City favourite said he deserved more respect after playing for the club on and off for 20 years.

McCallion has cherished memories wearing Coleraine colours from the age of 13 but the manner of his departure has left a very bitter taste in his mouth.

“I was on a family holiday in Tenerife when I received a text message from the manager, David Platt, saying it would be in my best interests to find another club,” said the 33-year-old.

“I thought that was a very unprofessional way to treat someone who had been associated with the club for so long.

“I have been released twice before in my career — by Roy Coyle at Glentoran and Dermot Keely at Derry City — and on both occasions they explained to me the reasons why I was leaving and we shook hands.

“That is football and the right way to deal with people — text messaging is not football. There was a total breakdown in communication with the club and no-one from the club talked to me.

“I wanted to stay at Coleraine and it certainly wasn’t about the money — I would have accepted an offer from them but the manager did not take my phone calls and then I got the text message.

“I think that’s a cowardly way to do business. I just can’t believe it. I don’t have a problem leaving Coleraine — these things happen in football — but I am very upset at the way my departure was handled.”

Platt (pictured) said he was disappointed McCallion had chosen to hit out at the club.

“All I wanted to say about Tommy was that there was an offer on the table and I withdrew that offer,” said Platt.

“Tommy has now said these things and he’s entitled to his opinion but I am very disappointed he has chosen to stick the knife into the club in this way.

“I’m not happy about it but I can’t control what Tommy is saying or thinking. I can’t change any of that.

“I want to look forward now and focus on the future. As manager I have to make brave decisions and I’ll live or die by them. I’m not a fool in the sense that I’ll only be at Coleraine for as long as results are good.

“I believe I have conducted myself well in my time at Coleraine and done ok so far. There is no point in me dwelling on what has happened with Tommy or anything else that has happened in the past.”

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