After three years of looking unconvincing and accident prone, Jay McEveley finally nailed down a regular starting berth for the final six months of his contract – before being released. It seemed harsh but it was difficult to argue with Clough’s logic: J-Mac had been in and out the side for his contract length, as well as being out on loan. Clough concluded that we should move on. In the age of the Bosman transfer, we had no more obligation to Jay than anyone on the open market. Clough has identified Gareth Roberts, so Jay is no longer required.
I’ve often said about J-Mac that he has all the component parts to be a perfect full-back: strong, good in the air, good coming forward; and hard in the tackle. The problem has always been the less tangible qualities such as concentration and decision making. The ironic thing is that Clough appeared to have ironed-out Jay’s follies and Jay showed his best form for the club in his final six months.
We wish him well and someone will get a better player than the one we signed in January 2007.
The Best of Times
The last six months – J-Mac’s goals against Doncaster and Birmingham plus a barn-storming performance against Forest. His wind-up of Gunter was legendary.
The Worst of Times
Every summer saw a new left-back arriving to replace him. He saw off Griffin, Stewart and Moxey but Silly, Jagger and Clough all gave him a vote of no confidence.