TIGERS’ owner Neil Machin has labelled Josh Auty as ‘unprofessional’ after learning from the media that the rider wanted to leave the Sheffield.
Machin claims he was shocked and stunned when he read the magazine article with Auty suggesting a change of track is needed to benefit his career.
Auty himself has since revealed he has already agreed a deal with a new club, he has been linked with Scunthorpe, for the 2012 season.
Machin is angry with the way the matter has been handled and is demanding an apology.
His comments are in complete contrast to those of co-promoter David Hoggart, who last week claimed Auty was leaving the club with their good wishes for the future.
Said Machin: “We knew nothing about Josh’s decision to look for another deal until it appeared in the press and that shows an alarming lack of courtesy for people who have paid his wages for the last three years.
“It’s probably typical of young riders these days, but it shows bad manners and is unprofessional.
“One person he should apologise to is Eric Boocock, who has nurtured his career since it started. I expect a written apology if these broken fences are to be mended.”
Auty has also said he wants to ride in the Elite League and went on record in the trade magazine, Speedway Star, to reveal how he wants to leave Coventry and possibly join Belle Vue.
But with the Bees set for a takeover he could yet figure in their plans under the new owners at Brandon.