Kuqi blast at Warnock

Last updated : 09 July 2009 By Palace Reporter

"Every player wants the support of their manager and that's something I never had," the 32-year-old told the Advertiser.

"I was never truly backed by the manager - even at the end of last season when I was scoring goals. You want the backing of your manager in any job, but I never had it.

"When I was recalled last season I helped the club into the play-off zone. I scored a few goals, played a few games, but I got the elbow again.

"Then the manager asks me to turn the season around again. Towards the end I was given a run of games and then started scoring goals. Not to be disrespectful, if I played week-in week-out I would score more goals than anybody.

"It really hurt when the manager made me train with the kids - and I never forgot that. But what hurt more than anything else was the lack of honesty from some people.

"In many ways training with the academy has helped me because I've come through stronger and as a result I've got clubs from all over the world offering me contracts. But I don't think a senior player should ever have to go through what I have."

Neil Warnock of course has his own take on things.

"For me it was right he started the year training with the kids because he wasn't in my plans and he was transfer-listed because of the gesture to the fans the season before," said the boss.

"But when we brought him back there was no one more supportive of him than myself.

"We offered him a good contract for two years - okay it was on less money - but his wages were astronomical. I certainly don't agree when he says he didn't move for the money. Money is a big thing for Shefki."

Ultimately this sort of tit for tat via the media isn't great for team spirit.