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The chairman of Forest Green Rovers, Dale Vince, appears to be rather irate over Notts County’s transparency regarding their interest in the club’s skipper Liam Noble.

Noble, 26, spent two seasons at Notts but was released in June 2016 and joined Forest Green on a two-year deal.

Here’s the statement on the Rovers website:

“We’ve watched with an increasing sense of bewilderment as Notts County have released a series of press statements about their interest in our player. It’s one thing to engage in such megaphone diplomacy, and quite another to put false stories in the press.

“We have received a series of bids for Liam, the first we considered to be a joke. Their latest ‘final’ bid we received was not for £100k as their owner claimed in the press yesterday. Equally, the claim made yesterday about us suggesting they could double that amount and still not get him is completely false.

“We’ve been very clear from the outset that we did not want to sell Liam and the antics of Notts County since then have only firmed up that position. Liam Noble – Captain of our play-off winning side – is not for sale. We want Notts County to stop what they are doing, including the behind-the-scenes contact with the player, which we consider to be a breach of FA rules.

“Forest Green Rovers may be the newest and smallest member of the Football League family, but we know how to conduct ourselves and how to undertake a transfer negotiation the right way – quietly and respectfully club to club.”

The BBC are asking Notts County for a response.


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