Accrington boss denies agreement with Pompey over Boco

Rommy Boco comes off the bench for Accrington against former club Pompey on Tuesday night   Picture: Joe Pepler
Rommy Boco comes off the bench for Accrington against former club Pompey on Tuesday night Picture: Joe Pepler
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John Coleman has denied Accrington broke a gentleman’s agreement with Pompey over Rommy Boco.

The Stanley manager named former Blues utility man Boco in his matchday squad for their 3-1 defeat on Tuesday night, with Boco entering the field of play in the second half with the hosts trailing 3-0.

It was a decision that angered Blues boss Paul Cook, who believed there to be an agreement in place between the two clubs that Boco would play no part in proceedings.

Speaking to Accrington’s club website, however, Coleman denied any wrongdoing.

He told accringtonstanley.co.uk: ‘Just to clarify the situation, there was an agreement in place for Rommy not to play against Portsmouth if he joined Accrington on loan or his contract was terminated to enable Accrington exclusively to sign him.

‘As neither of these scenarios occurred then no agreement was in place.

‘We can categorically state that no agreement with Rommy was in place prior to him leaving Fratton Park.

‘Rommy had not asked to leave Portsmouth.

‘The termination of his contract was done in the interests of Portsmouth and not Accrington Stanley.’