'Cooked his goose' - Albion fans react to Maty Ryan's 'Brighton career-ending' interview

Maty Ryan's latest interview with Australian media has not gone well at all with large sections of Brighton and Hove Albion supporters.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 11:56 am
Maty Ryan was shocked when Graham Potter told him he was free to leave Brighton

Goalkeeper Ryan, who is currently on loan at Arsenal, accused Brighton of failing to support him and said he always planned to use Brighton as a stepping stone to a bigger club.

The Australian international joined Arsenal last month on loan until the end of the season but remains contracted with Albion until next summer.

Ryan admitted his performances this campaign were below par but also stated it was difficult for him to perform at his best due to lack of support from the club.

Head coach Graham Potter dropped Ryan earlier in the season at Tottenham and 6ft 6in academy graduate Robert Sanchez has since emerged as the favoured choice between the sticks.

Brighton's defensive form has improved of late and they are unbeaten in their previous six Premier League matches and have kept five clean sheets in the process.

Ryan also spoke of his shock when he called into Graham Potter's office ahead of the away match at Fulham last December. The 28-year-old said he knew he was going to dropped but was then told by Potter that he was free to leave in January if he received a good offer.

"I had to stop him and clarify," said Ryan when explaining the situation to Optus Sport. "Gaffer I understand you telling me I'm not playing but can I still fight for my position at the club or are you showing me the door?

“He (Potter) just said ‘no one knew... and I suggest if you get a good offer in January you take it.'

“There’s a number of reasons that can happen; whether it’s performance, whether it’s the opinion of a manager or you never really know if there’s a political or business side of things."

Ryan joined Brighton in 2017 and proved a hugely popular figure with fans as his solid displays helped keep Brighton in the top flight for three seasons.

His career at Brighton however now seems to be over and here's how Brighton fans reacted on social media.

@wearebrighton: That Maty Ryan interview caused quite a stir yesterday It's sad to see a player who has played such a part establishing Brighton in the Premier League departing so acrimoniously #BHAFC

@BhafcHub: Cooked his goose with @BHAFC. Shame, as he always seemed passionate about the club, or was that smoke and mirrors?

@butty2511: Lots of vitriol here from fans. The lad isn’t as good as Sanchez but if he has been treated by the club as he says it’s poor management of a player. Not sure bench warming is a step up but if it’s employment good luck to him. #BHAFC

@PhilipCobby: @MatyRyan you were good for Brighton but you didn’t perform this season. Simple as. Sanchez has proved to be better than you. Stop looking for excuses, and remember your actually still a #BHAFC player on paper.

@thgkblog: You’ve really got to feel for Ryan. He wasn’t putting in poor performance after poor performance, and has been a crucial part of Brighton staying in the #PremierLeague☹️ Fair play for securing the Arsenal move & proving his worth.

@AdamdeSilver: My first reaction was of indifference but as I watch it more and listen to the words he uses, it seems he’s quite angry and wants to burn some bridges despite being just on loan, which I don’t get.

@blokefromthebn1 Every1 getting upset with MR like the club didn't tell him his #BHAFC career was over & he could jog on 3 weeks ago Totally mismanaged from start 2 finish but you can't demand loyalty when you didn't give it out. Either we sell cheap or have a 40k back up GK, sorry state 2b in.

@Walker_this_way: Maty Ryan throwing away all respect #bhafc fans had for him in just two minutes

@tgbowles: We football fans never take kindly to players who pretend to be devoted to a club but then when they have a disagreement and move on, start to make silly remarks such as this. Probably best to say nothing. Bottom line - it’s rude and disrespectful.

@AJ_BHAFC: I get Maty Ryan’s frustrations but I think some of his words in that interview are a little harsh. You’re going to be asked to move on if you make errors and the other GK’s make more of an impression on the pitch and on the training ground.

@TimJones15: It is possible to appreciate everything Maty Ryan did for #bhafc & at same time realise he is a big time Charlie. No surprise our upturn in form has coincided with him being dropped. Thanks for the memories Maty, your 1st 2 seasons were great but no man is bigger than the team!

@AshWillBradley: Not going to lie hearing Maty talk like that does depress me somewhat but completely trying my hardest to cut this from the great performances he put in for us .... it’s tough though #bhafc