Pards: Butler Deal Good For RFC

Last updated : 30 August 2003 By Rob Cooper
Compared to the £650,000 paid for Scott Murray, and the £500,000 invested in Shaun Goater, receiving £150,000 is a poor return for Reading Football Club.

Yet that is the fee that Alan Pardew was willing to accept for Marin Butler, despite the fact that he cost Reading a whopping £850,000 two-and-a-half years ago.

But considering that the player was well down the pecking order, and destined to leave on a bosman free transfer at the end of the season, Pards believes that the £150,000 received is a decent sum.

"The money received has to be judged against his involvement in the first team throughout this campaign, bearing in mind he would become a Bosman at the end of the season," he said, speaking to the official site.

"In that respect, it represents a good deal for Reading Football Club."

Pardew had some departing words of praise for the 28-year-old former Cambridge United centre-forward. Whilst the duo have not always seen eye-to-eye, the Reading boss praised the striker's contribution to the club's recent success.

Butler has played very little first team football in the past two years, but he was the pulse of the team that, against the odds, raced to the 2001 Division Two Play-Off Final.

Thanking the forward for his contribution to the teams upturn in fortunes in the past two seasons, Pardew added: "Martin Butler has been a fantastic servant for this organisation. I believe he played some of his best football here and if we look back at the Club’s recent success, he’s been an integral part of that."

The departure of Butler, whilst treated as a fairly insignificant moment, is a revolutionary moment in the history of Reading Football Club. The striker's departure signals the final end of Jamie Cureton and Martin Butler, one of the club's greatest ever strike partnerships.

Whatsmore, the duo were greatly involved in awaking the club that we called at the time of Butler's arrival 'a sleeping giant'.