Blackburn Rovers manager: 'It's up to you Gael'
MICHAEL Appleton has told Gael Givet ‘get yourself fit and you will be back in contention’ after insisting there has been no fall-out between him and the Frenchman.
The Blackburn Rovers boss admits an interview to French media attributed to Givet was a misjudgement by the player but revealed the duo had held a “frank and honest” conversation since the comments were made.
Givet (pictured) has been reported as saying ‘If left alone in Blackburn, I’d have already hanged myself’, before insisting his Ewood Park career is over.
But, ahead of tomorrow’s Championship visit of Peterborough, Appleton insists a mini pre-season can help Givet get back into his plans.
He said: “I have not had a conversation about it as such with Gael yet because I didn’t see the reports before he had gone home for the day.
“I want players to be dis-appointed if they are not in the the side and I want players to be disappointed if they are not getting enough games.
“Regardless of whether those comments were tongue in cheek though the type of words used were a big misjudgement from his point of view.
“I had a conversation with Gael on Friday, we had a good conversation, an open and a frank one. We talked about where he was in his head, where he was mentally and physically. I did tell him I didn’t think he was physically fit enough to play.
“So we have come to an arrangement where he will have a mini pre-season over the next two or three weeks, to make sure after training he gets himself topped up and does extra.
“Then he will feel better about himself, mentally, and once he feels better about himself mentally and is in a better position physically, then if we do need to call upon himself I will have the confidence he can go out on the pitch and feel good about himself.”
Givet has made only 13 appearances this season, his last start coming in the mid December defeat to Blackpool, and was even left off the substitutes bench against Leeds on Saturday.
He was taken off at half time in the draw at Charlton due to not being in the ‘right frame of mind’ and has asked the club for a pay rise this season, after seeing a 50 per cent wage cut imposed following relegation.
Givet is reported to have told French media: “In any event, I’m done for here. I’ve only played one match plus nine minutes in four months. There have been approaches but the club’s been asking three or four million euros for me.
“And they told me: ‘If you go out on loan, you’ll have to renounce your final year of contract’. ‘That’s impossible! What if I get injured?
“Mentally, relegation to the second tier has been very hard to live with – and, even worse, I’m not even playing.”