Media Speculation Has Nothing To Do With Failure!

Last updated : 26 January 2009 By Boro Mad

He claims the £2million bid, which was accepted by the Eagles, alerted a number of their Premier League rivals to Watson's availability.

But we all knew Watson's position six weeks ago! And if WE (Boro Mad) knew ... I'm sure Wigan did too.

The sale of Emile Heskey produced the money for Wigan to progress, so Southgate should have tied up the deal at the start of the month.

What was gained by waiting?

Palace have made about FOUR press conferences (that we know of) talking about Watson's proposed move away from Selhurst.

Gareth Southgate: "We think he is joining Wigan. We are disappointed because we have done a lot of work over a couple of months towards that but that's the way it goes sometimes, sometimes you don't get it.

"Like I said, it's a disappointment but several factors came into a player's mind and our league position may come into it.

"He's a good kid and we would have liked to have signed him but we move on.

"We have got ideas but as soon as those ideas become public we lose players so I will be keeping that very close to my chest from now on."