Kelly stunned by Souness decision - November 16, 2000

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Alan Kelly has been left shocked and stunned by Graeme Souness' decision to relegate him to No.3 goalkeeper at Blackburn Rovers.

Alan cannot understand how he is gone from one of the best goalkeepers in Division One to third choice at his club.

He had a stormy meeting with Souness after the manager signed American goalkeeper Brad Friedel but got no response as to why he is out of favour.

Alan said: "I need to get my club situation sorted out - and soon. Mick (McCarthy) has made it clear that if I'm still third choice, it's going to be detrimental rather than beneficial.

"At the moment I'm number three and I'm not even involved in the squad. Since I came back from the Ireland games against Portugal and Estonia, I've not been involved apart from in the Worthington Cup game against West Ham.

"I've done nothing wrong, which makes it even more frustrating for me.

"I went to see the manager when he signed Brad Friedel and I said it was his prerogative to sign whoever he wanted but I asked what had I done wrong.

"He said I had done well for him and that was it, really. At that stage I left the meeting because I felt it could descend into a slanging match.

"I don't know what's going on. I feel quite emotional about it. I'm still awaiting an update following that meeting.

"It's not sour grapes. I'm not that type of person. I just want to know what I'm supposed to have done wrong - but that's life and I'll just have to get on with it.

"I've gone from being involved to being number three, so you don't have to be a nuclear scientist to work out what it means for me."

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