Ex-Chelsea striker Leon Knight has unleashed a crazed Twitter rant against Blue Square Premier outfit Rushden and Diamonds after they blocked a possible move to Darlington.
Rushden & Diamonds sacked Knight in 2008 for “continuous breaches” of the club’s code of conduct. They kept his registration and made it clear they would demand £30,000 from Knight for its release were he to join another English club. Knight put himself in exile and has played in Greece, Scotland and very briefly the USA until his contract expired this summer.
Knight, and Darlington, thought he was now available on a free transfer, but Rushden & Diamonds activated a one‑year contract extension agreed when Knight joined the club, just four months before his sacking. Signing Knight was arguably already a gamble for the Quakers and it wasn’t a gamble they were prepared to spend £30,000 on, so the move fell through.
The 28-year-old took to Twitter to vent his frustration. He said: I’m giving this another week if there is no progress I’m gonna expose it all watch ….. So KEITH COUSINS , COLIN HILL , GARY HILL & and LEE whatever ur second name is sort it OUT. U paid nothing for me why do u want money that u gave me back and when ur asked how much why u coming up with 35k and 40k when in the first place it was 30k listen I’m serious sort it u got a week OH and DON’T THINK I FORGOT U MATT WILD …. Sort it out !!!!” [We’ll give one big SIC to the whole thing]
He continued his rant to the Northern Echo newspaper.
He said: “They don’t want me to move. They don’t like me for some reason and they are doing this out of spite. This is not about the money they want, they are doing this just to get at me. I’ve held my tongue for long enough and I’ve got to speak out … I’ve started a volcano on Twitter. Some people wouldn’t believe what goes on behind closed doors at a football club.
“At first I didn’t want to say anything because I was worried about what might happen but now I’ve got nothing to lose so I might as well say how I feel. Rushden are taking the mick out of me.”
“They are ruining my life and I won’t let them get away with it. I’ve got two kids and a wife but they don’t care. They’re just trying to finish me but I won’t let them. I will sit it out for the next year and hopefully I’ll be back in English football next season.”
But the football authorities seem to be on the side of Rushden and Diamonds. An FA spokesman said: “”Rushden and Diamonds are entitled to retain his registration and are entitled to claim compensation.”