Brighton boss Mark McGhee has confirmed he helped engineer striker Colin Kazim-Richards' departure to Sheffield United on Thursday.
McGhee had initially worked hard to try and keep the former Bury man at the Withdean Stadium, but when it became apparent that he wanted to leave, he then decided it would be better to let Kazim-Richards get on with his career elsewhere and set up the £150,000 move.
He told the Brighton Evening Argus: "I think he was his own worst enemy. He could be a great player and I encouraged (United boss) Neil Warnock to take him.
"We spoke at length about him and I did nothing but encourage Neil.
"I warned him about problems we've had with Colin and told Neil if he gets him under control and convinces him to play for the team, then he could be a good player."