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I Tried To Get Marcus to Stay

7 October 2014

Boss understands both sides of the argument when it comes to club vs country

Steve Davis has admitted that he was disappointed that his main striker Marcus Haber chose to represent Canada against Colombia instead of facing Coventry this weekend, but he also understands Haber's pride in representing his country.

The Alex boss sat down with his summer signing before he departed for International duty to see if he would re-consider missing this latest friendly o lead the line against the Sky Blues, but Haber chose to travel to Cancun in readiness to face Colombia following Saturday’s defeat at Bradford.

Davis was quizzed over his position regarding Marcus after the Coventry pair Reda Johnson and Simeon Jackson elected to miss International duty to play against us this weekend. Davis’s frustration was compounded by the fact that Jackson has swerved representing Canada.

Steve told the club’s official web-site: “It was an interesting one with Marcus and I was made aware of the two Coventry lads saying that their club football was more important than an International friendly at the moment.

“I had the same conversation with Marcus when he was called up by Canada. I asked if it was important to be away from the club for a long period of time, especially if he does not play. 

“I asked the question and Marcus wanted to go. I can see both sides of the argument because it is his country but from a club point of view we could do with him at a crucial time for us.

“I commend the two Coventry lads for deciding to stay and play for their club and I wish Marcus had followed suit.

The boss added: “I will certainly be even more disappointed if he goes away for 10, 11 days and doesn’t play because I would see that as a complete waste of time.”

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