Peterborough United's director of football, Barry Fry, has hit out at Nottingham Forest's chairman and has labelled him a "disgrace to the game".

The row between the two clubs all started on deadline day as a deal for George Boyd fell through at the last minute because the player reportedly failed an eye-test.

Boyd, who is out of contract in the summer at Peterborough, was at Nottingham Forest from 10am until 10:30pm completing all the necessary paperwork and medical ahead of his transfer, but at the last minute Forest's owners pulled the plug.

Despite the transfer not going through, Forest manager Alex McLeish still wanted Boyd, and rumours soon swept across social media sites claiming McLeish was on the verge of walking out after a disagreement with the club's hierarchy.

Those rumours were quickly put to bed by McLeish, who is quoted as saying: "Fawaz is a strong individual, he is the owner and isn't a successful businessman for no reason.

"Sometimes he will say no to my requests and suggestions and sometimes I will say no to his because I am a strong manager.

"If that's the level of the alleged 'bust-up' then I guess we'll be reading about more managers having them with their owners this week."

As for Peterborough, director of football Barry Fry was left fuming at the deal failing right at the end of the deadline, and has made his feelings known.

Fry said: "Alex (McLeish) has been a gentleman over this, it was the owners who pulled out and they are a disgrace to the game.

"I don’t know how they dare call themselves "fit and proper".

"Alex has been having rows with them for a couple of days about transfer targets and I wouldn’t be surprised if he walked over this.

"I can’t understand why they called it off 12 hours after his medical. We have never had any eye problems with George and he’s in bits."

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony added further fuel to the fire, slamming Forest via Twitter.

MacAnthony tweeted: "George has played 300 games and scored from the halfway line the other month but Forest say he has an eyesight problem.

"The whole thing stinks. Alex wanted to sign him. I’m devastated for George. It’s the most ridiculous thing that has happened to me."


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