Mixu: Time not right for Fletcher

01 February 2009 10:03
Hibs rejected a verbal approach, reportedly in the region of £3million, from the Glasgow club on Friday.[LNB]Fletcher was suspended for Saturday's 1-1 Scottish Premier League draw with Motherwell but was still the focus of attention after the game.[LNB]After seeing his side collect a point at home, Hibs boss Paatelainen said: "I am confident he will stay here.[LNB]"I don't think it's difficult for him to be honest (that the bid was turned down); from a players' point of view, he realises he is doing things right.[LNB]"Eventually in football, there is a time when a player moves on. I don't feel the time is right yet.[LNB]"I have had a chat with him and told him I don't think it's the right time.[LNB]"It's not entirely in my hands because you have to take things like finances into account, too, but we are in a position that we don't have to sell anyone."[LNB]In Fletcher's absence, Derek Riordan gave Hibs the lead in the eighth minute after finding the net from Ross Chisholm's cutback.[LNB]However, Motherwell rescued a point in the 75th minute when David Clarkson converted a penalty following Steven Thicot's foul on Jamie Murphy.[LNB]Hibs midfielder Dean Shiels looked on from the directors' box following Doncaster's announcement he was set to join them.[LNB]Asked what the situation was regarding the Northern Ireland international, Paatelainen said: "He is still our player; there is a risk that we lose him because he is out of contract this summer."[LNB]Meanwhile, Motherwell manager Mark McGhee insists he was always optimistic his side would take something from the game after seeing his players cause problems after half-time.[LNB]He said: "I thought we were going to score; I thought we were going to score earlier to be honest.[LNB]"We found an energy in the second half that was missing in the opening period. We got the goal but it just didn't come soon enough for us to get a winner."[LNB]McGhee insists his side's slow start to the match was not down to the fact they were missing Chris Porter after the striker agreed to join Derby.[LNB]He added: "I don't think the boys were thinking about that too much but, as a manager, you wished he was out there because we missed his ability and strength; he had been playing really well recently."[LNB][LNB]

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