Date: 12th November 2008 at 6:08pm
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City manager Glenn Roeder has encouraged fans to focus on the future, and to ‘stop living in the past’ regarding Darren Huckerby.

Supporters have overall been critical of the way Roeder handled the departure of the two-time player of the year, and particularly the fact that the decision on his future was not made until after the final game of the season – a 4-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday in which Huckerby scored.

The City chief used last night’s AGM as an opportunity to clarify his thinking behind the decision not to renew Huckerby’s contract. ‘It was such an emotional subject and decision at the time, that it was threatening to overtake whether we stayed in the Championship or not, which was of the most paramount importance,’ he is quoted in the Evening News as saying.

‘It was not an easy decision for me to make but it was my decision and my decision only. Don’t hold anyone else responsible. It was a tough call. Darren had an excellent career at Norwich but he was not always fantastic – he was part of things that were not so fantastic here, like a team that was relegated.

‘Overall he had a great career and it’s right he is revered in the manner that he is by the majority of supporters. The easy decision to keep everyone happy would have been to re-sign him but if it’s not what I wanted then I’ve got to live with myself.

‘I targeted a couple of players in Darren’s position – younger players – and I decided to let him go and bring in two others. Football is about opinions. You will never please everyone all the time. We have to move on. The future is now, today and tomorrow. Let’s stop living in the past.’

The two players in question would seem to be Wes Hoolahan and David Bell, and whilst the former was touted throughout the summer as the ‘new Huckerby’, it is the former Luton Town midfielder who is now catching the eye. According to MyFootballWriter he is also catching the eye of at least two other Championship managers, but that is for another day.

So while Roeder is adamant he made the right decision regarding the 2008 MLS Newcomer of the Year, he did have one suggestion on how to finally draw a line under the whole affair:

‘I spoke to Darren last week and he said he was having the time of his life. I would be happy for Darren to come on to the pitch on Saturday so the crowd could say goodbye. I haven’t spoken to him about it so I don’t know if he could make it, but I would be happy for him to do so.’