'No drama over Dunne leaving'
PAUL Tisdale has moved to defuse any potential row with Stevenage over the transfer of James Dunne.
The Broadhall Way club announced the signing of the former Arsenal trainee at the end of last month without having any formal negotiations with the Grecians or agreeing financial compensation.
Dunne will soon be out of contract and, under the Bosman ruling, is allowed to discuss terms with other clubs, although City will be due some form of payment as he is under 24.
Last week, chief executive Julian Tagg refused to criticise Stevenage, but did claim City would not have acted in the same way, leading Tisdale to take a pragmatic view of the situation.
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"James is entitled to sign for anybody and Stevenage are entitled to sign him as far as I am concerned, so I do not see what the drama is about really," said Tisdale of the 22-year-old.
"We will obviously get some compensation for him because he is under 24 years of age, but they are well within their rights to sign him.
"He has signed for them – or at least I believe he has signed for them – and there is not much to add.
"They were allowed to sign him and James was allowed to sign for them, so I expect James will probably not be with us next year.
"I have been setting myself for a change of personnel and it is the nature of football that you lose your most influential players after what's happened with us last season.
"He has the option of moving and has decided to move on, so we will have to move to replace him.
"It is a shame because he has been a very good player for us over the years and has played an important role for us.
"It means we will have to bring another player in to replace him and it means I am now looking for a new No. 4."
Dunne joined the Grecians back in 2009 from Arsenal, and went on to make 127 appearances for the St James's Park outfit over three seasons.
Tagg confirmed to Echo Sport last week that he was keen to avoid resorting to a tribunal deciding the fee for the player, admitting he would rather an agreement be reached between the two clubs.
But Tisdale sounded less optimistic that such an agreement would be reached, and confirmed the club would fight its corner at any tribunal to make sure they were adequately compensated.
"James has decided not to stay at Exeter and that is his choice, but that is also exactly why they have tribunals," said the manager.
"They do not happen all that often so it is a bit strange in that sense but there is nothing to complain about.
"We do not know the date of the tribunal or anything like that but we will be there, we will put our case forward and we will hope to get a good amount of money out of it."
City did receive £150,000 in 2006 following a tribunal when teenagers Jamie Hatch and Mark Ellis joined Southampton and Bolton Wanderers respectively.