Dirk Lehmann upset with Hibernians

last updated Wednesday 13th June 2001, 1:12 PM
Dirk Lehmann
Dirk Lehmann
Fulham
Ex-Fulham favourite Dirk Lehmann has launched a scathing attack on Hibernian after the club stalled over making a decision on his future – then released him. "It's unfair because they could have told me earlier rather than waiting to let me go on holiday," he said.

The German striker, who played as a defender towards the end of the season, added: "Hibs said they would tell what was happening after the Scottish Cup final.

"But they let me go on holiday first because they were not 100 per cent sure and now they are not keeping me on. It's hard for me because I felt the supporters liked me and I loved the club.

"It is really disappointing. After they switched me to centre-half, it was looking like they would keep me.

"I had a few offers before the transfer deadline, but I let the clubs wait because I wanted to stay at Easter Road and now I will struggle to get things moving because other clubs have started recruiting."

A Hibs spokesman maintained they had no hard feelings towards the player, who joined from Fulham in 1999."He was told by the manager that he was not required," said a club spokesman.

"We thanked him for his contribution as a player here and wished him well for the future. We don't want to get dragged into a war of words because he was a popular player who was well liked by everybody."
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