West Bromwich Albion striker Nwankwo Kanu last night denied criticising Bryan Robson's management style, writes James Nursey.
Kanu was reported in a Nigerian football magazine saying he was unhappy at losing the captaincy at Albion and complaining about the calibre of players at The Hawthorns. However, the former Arsenal forward has dismissed the article as "completely untrue" and appears to have the support of Robson.
" I didn't say these things and I am very happy playing for Bryan Robson," said Kanu, who has started nine games under Gary Megson's successor.
"I have said all along that we, as a team, don't need any distractions at the moment. That is another reason why I wouldn't say these things.
"The story is completely untrue. It's not about individuals - the most important thing is for Albion to stay up. All I want to do is fight to keep the club in the Premiership."
Robson added: "With results having been on the up, I can't believe that Kanu hasn't made these comments.
"Kanu's attitude around the place has been spot on of late. He's played really well the last couple of times he's been involved and has worked really hard in training."
With six games left and Albion one point clear of the relegation zone, this episode is most untimely.
Kanu reportedly told the Nigerian magazine Kick Off that Albion "had not been serious about getting experienced players."
"The management felt I was getting on their nerves when I advised them to get quality players," he was quoted as saying. "They felt I was too outspoken."