Departing Shamrock Rovers striker Dan Carr has hit back at Hoops boss Stephen Bradley’s claims that the 25-year old felt he was bigger than the club.
Carr spent 18 months at Tallaght Stadium after arriving from Swedish club Karlstad but his departure was confirmed on Monday with Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol announcing his signing.
Rovers were knocked out of the Europa League by Limassol with Carr impressing over the two legs which prompted the club to make an approach for him.
Speaking after Rovers’ 5-1 win over Waterford on Monday night, Bradley did not hold back in his assessment of Carr’s departure telling RTÉ that he felt the striker believed he was bigger than the club.
“He just didn’t fit where we were going as a club,” the Rovers manager said. “When representatives tell you that maybe his heart is not in playing for Shamrock Rovers, he’s not the right fit for you.
“People maybe think we needed to sell but we didn’t like what we heard, this club and this team and what we’re doing and what we’re building is bigger than any individual.
“If people don’t want to be part of it, no problem, we’ll shake their hand and let them walk away. That was the case with Dan.
“You don’t want people who are in the mindset of not being with the team and not being in the group.
“This club is a special club and it’s bigger than any one individual and unfortunately, that individual just felt he was a little bit bigger than us.”
Carr, clearly upset by his former manager’s comments took to social media to respond outlining that claims of the 25-year old thinking he’s bigger than the club are “a load of bollox”
“What a load of bollocks! Never once thought I was bigger than this club that gave me so much! Always gave my all for the club and will always be apart of me! Very untrue and disrespectful!!!”
What a load of bollocks! Never once thought I was bigger than this club that gave me so much! Always gave my all for the club and will always be apart of me! Very untrue and disrespectful!!! https://t.co/FHLkj4QRZo
— 🇹🇹Daniel Carr🇹🇹 (@Carr17Dan) August 20, 2019
The former Huddersfield Town frontman had played a large role in Rovers’ season this year. But there’s no doubt that his exit has put a dampener on what had been a promising spell in Irish football for Carr.