A few months ago, the Green Room forum ran a thread containing news headlines you'd be least likely to see. We don't recall this specific one being in that list, but it certainly should have been.
Today, former Glover Michael McIndoe teamed up with former Glovers manager Gary Johnson on a three year contract at Bristol City to result in one of the most unlikely reunions you will ever see in football.
McIndoe left Yeovil Town four years ago amidst a significant row between himself and the club, including Johnson himself. Coming back from a pre-season European tour, there was clear friction between McIndoe and Johnson and also between the left winger and numerous key Yeovil players. This was brought to a head when the club decided to put McIndoe on the transfer list after he repeatedly demanded a new contract with the Glovers having got themselves into the Football League.
The friction between player and club got so bad that Johnson told McIndoe to stay away from the club for a week, and thereafter only allowed him to train on his own whilst the club sat waiting for the offers that McIndoe's agent Steven Denos had promised his client would come flooding in. In the end it was only Doncaster Rovers, who had been promoted to the Football League at the same time as the Glovers, who were willing to take a punt on him, and 50,000 pounds was all that Yeovil could get out of the deal. But Johnson would have undoubtedly breathed a sigh of relief when the Scotsman left the ground for the final time.
Further fall-outs between McIndoe and Donny boss Dave Penney were rumoured, and since then the former Luton Town trainee has worked his way through Barnsley, Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers, meaning that Bristol City will now be his fifth club since leaving Yeovil Town, and his fourth since March 2006. That it brings him back in partnership with Johnson is nothing less than extraordinary, when it is recalled what the then Yeovil boss said about his outgoing player in July 2003:
"When these things happen you have to deal with them and not let them disrupt what you're trying to achieve. This club is bigger than any one individual and we'll cope ... I'm really gutted that the situation has come to this. Sometimes people seem to trust outsiders more than they trust insiders which is really disappointing. As a club we have done everything for him and had two great seasons together and you would have expected him to follow that through in Division Three but he has decided he wants to further his career at another club ... We did not want to lose him, but when the atmosphere of the dressing room is disrupted we have to act."
Football really is a funny old game.
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