ROTHERHAM United followers have been gearing themselves up this week for a farewell to Adam Le Fondre.
What they weren’t able to know - and neither were people in more privileged positions than them - is if it will be at the Don Valley Stadium tomorrow or that the little Goal Machine will have trundled off somewhere else by then.
Le Fondre was with his Millers teammates yesterday morning as the final two days’ preparation began for tomorrow’s second versus third clash against Gillingham.
At that stage, although things and interest in him were hotting up, even manager Andy Scott wasn’t entirely sure when asked if he expected Alf to be here on Saturday.
“How long’s a piece of string?,” he replied. “As I stand here now, there could be a call anytime or it might be at five to 11 next Wednesday (transfer window deadline day).
“It’s a major distraction but part and parcel of being a manager with good players.
“Alf has been absolutely first class through all this and has been kept aware of everything that’s been going on. He’s no problems at all with how we’ve handled the situation. Through my time here he’s been totally professional. I can’t say anything about before I came but he has been fantastic for me.
“It’s just that all the speculation and the talk detracts from the good start we’ve had and the fact we have some good players here capable of good things.
“But it’s been all about Alf. He doesn’t want that, I don’t but we are having to deal with it. But unless people come up with the right money for someone who has 58 goals in 105 appearances, then he’s staying.”
Scott reckoned that the challenge from Gillingham tomorrow represents the toughest test so far.
“They’ve a lot of experience, are big, powerful, organised and have players who know what’s required to get out at this level,” he said. “They spent £400,000 on players such as Danny Kedwell, Chris Whelpdale and Charlie Lee, and they are going for it which is what you’d expect.