It is quite another for the Roar to tell the world that this has been said to them 'At least twice.'
Did they think how this would sound to fans and potential fans? Did they think about Moore's motives?
The Roar has adopted an attitude of 'If they don't want to play for us, by our rules, they should go now.'
And yet it seems that they have both played into Moore, Reddy and Miller's giving them what they want - guilt free. And turned off more loyal fans. And given the Gold Coast the gift of being in the box seat to negotiate with Moore and Miller and draw closer to its target of winning Roar fans.
What Frank Farina would have done? I watched Frank gradually moving a number of players towards the door. Not one did he allow go before it was in the Roar's interest for them to do so. Not only is this basic negotiation, this is also very sporting. And pays due respect to your fans. Under Frank, no one left before the end of the season - not Ognesovski, Lynch, Wedau nor Marchino. (I spoke to Wedau at the end of the season - he still thought he was getting another season poor guy) They all paid their dues. The fans got the players they had paid for.
The inside rumour has been that Moore wanted to go to the Gold Coast from the time it was an idea in the form of Gold Coast Galaxy.
Moore was always welcome to go to the World Cup. For him to leave and go play for his local club would have been hard to pull off. How could he go there as anything less than a marquee (which the Gold Coast were not going to accept)? Well he outsmarted the Roar. He got them to announce the reason why it was OK for him to play for GCFC. He can't get on with Ange!!! This is after Ange had publicly bent over backwards saying he wanted Craig next year and how great he is.
So if even Ange is saying Craig is great, what Craig says must be spot on. Particularly when it is 'I could do better than the coach.' Plus there is no evidence that he is wrong.
Miller and Reddy should have been sat at home, gagged with statement from the club that they were injured and hoping to return soon. Or they should have been called to account for breach of contract. Fans respect that.
Fans want a strong club - like Adelaide (pre-the loss of their owner) or Central Coast or ....
How did the Roar get themselves in this pickle? Clearly they need new ideas and advisors.
What they should have done was said 'Craig is going to the World Cup, he is on loan with another club to facilitate this. We desire and are planning for his return next year.' Then Craig would have have had to make his own statement about what he thought about the Roar, or explained why he had signed for (say) Gold Coast. And guess what, the Roar would have looked like they had done the right thing and Craig would have been seen to have done the wrong thing. And Ange would not have been damaged.
Right now, the Roar's management have gifted Ange with another problem, they have issued a press statement that implies that their coach can not win the confidence of his players.