Coventry boss Stephen Pressley has today blasted Cyrus Christie’s agent after it has come to light that there may be a move to the MLS on the cards for the full back.
Pressley speaking to the Coventry Telegraph said “I think that for Cyrus a move to MLS wouldn’t be a step in the right direction in terms of a career pathway,”
“I think his current agent has got a number of things he needs to answer to. Over the course of the last year I think Cyrus has been badly advised and if he’s faced with this type of scenario then I feel its been down to bad advice, I really do.
“We’re the type of club who like to develop our young players and give them an opportunity. And, ultimately, like at any football club players do want to move on and we’ve got no problem with that if it’s at the right time, and the player feels it’s right.
“But the one thing I do feel is that we’re happy for that to happen as long as the club are rewarded with the correct compensation. But if his agency decide to take him down that path it would affect the possible compensation amount and I would be hugely disappointed with them because they are not acting in the best interests of football, and they are not working with the football club.
“So I think the player will have been badly advised if the scenario is he ends up in America.”
Pressley offered the young full back a new deal last November which he claims was a good deal for both parties.
“He could have signed a contract and still found himself in a similar situation this summer where he wants to move,” he said, “and as a club, along with himself, we could have worked towards that.
“But I think he’s been put in a situation where he’s had a difficult year in the sense where he’s had a lot on his mind and a lot on his plate because he’s not had the stability behind him, and I genuinely believe he has been badly advised.
“And if what is out there has any element of truth then I believe it’s a panic from his agents and it’s been poor management of his situation.
“It’s a step that would be made not for the best interests of the player but a step made for the best interests of the agency.”
Christie has made 199 appearances for Coventry to date scoring four goals for the League One club.