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Exit looms for Pedersen
03 Apr 2007 - 15:36:55
Bolton Wanderers star Henrik Pedersen looks certain to be heading out of the club in the summer after saying manager Sam Allardyce "lacks class".
The 31-year-old Denmark international was under the impression that he would be handed a new contract for next season, but says Allardyce has now decided not to offer him an extended deal.
Pedersen is quoted in BT, one of Denmark's leading national newspapers, as saying: "He has now gone back on his word and I think that is totally disrespectful and shows a lack of class.
"I have told Sam Allardyce that in my world a verbal agreement is as binding as a written agreement.
"The manager's answer was that that it's like that everywhere else in English football and that he had a change of mind because I played so poorly in the first half against Manchester United at Old Trafford last month.
"I think that is a poor excuse and I find it hard to believe that the decision has been based on one half. It is now up to me to try and find another English club."
Pedersen joined Wanderers from Silkeborg in July 2001 for £650,000 and has scored 22 goals in 143 League appearances for the club.