Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Darius Vassell speaks about his time at Ankaragucu part 1 !

Darius Vassell could be forgiven if he looked back on his time at Ankaragucu with anger and disappointment. The former England International signed for Ankaragucu in July 2009 and was met at the airport by 3000 Ankaragucu fans who wanted to welcome their new hero. The club were in their centenary year and the signing of Vassell was a gift from the management to the fans.

Things started so well for Vassell with him scoring on his home debut against Manisaspor. The fans took to him straight away with his hard work and commitment on the park. Ankaragucu were in the middle of a battle of power for the club with Cengiz Topal standing down and Ahmet Gokcek coming into the club with the approval of Cemal Aydin. Gokcek spoke if his wish to see Ankaragucu as champions of Turkey within 2 years. The signings of Marek Sapara, Stanislav Sestak, Robert Vittek, Jerome Rothen to name a few showed that he meant business.

For Vassell, things started to take a turn for the worse. Kicked out of the Hilton Hotel due to the club not paying the bill, his wages weren't being paid and he was also struggling with injury. These were difficult times for the player, living in a foreign country with his family and wife to be back home in England. Vassell was betrayed by members of the club, no one to give him answers as to when he would be paid. After months of uncertainty Vassell left the club on a free transfer less than a year after signing.

Just last week Bent Ahlat, confirmed the club were unable to lift the transfer bans due to four players who failed to compromise with the club over unpaid wages. Mehmet Cakir, Baki Mercimek, Mohammed Hanifi and Darius Vassell were the names released. I spoke to Darius regarding this issue to give him the opportunity to give his side of the story. Vassell said , " I am disappointed the club are using my name in a negative way. The Ankaragucu fans should know that I am not far away, I am dreaming just like them of a big Ankaragucu with a full stadium and European football but I don't want to pay money for this, its not my job. I would much rather play for Ankaragucu than pay for them. The management at the club have the answers, me and my lawyer have been waiting for nearly four years for payment and still have no indication if payment is imminent. I heard that Hikmet Hancioglu is General Manger at the club, I remember him from my time there and he tried very hard to help me".

Vassell also spoke of his sadness at the death of former team mate Ediz. " I am so deeply sickened about the death of Ediz, I know him and Hurriyet Gucer were close friends, I wish I could have attended the funeral."

The club today announced they will look to meet with the Gokceks to arrange the money owed to Ediz, Bent Ahlat spoke saying he wants the club to pay back the money owed to Ediz but wants to meet with the Gokceks as the money is owed from their management at the club.

Ankaragucu fans will want to make sure Darius Vassell receives his money owed as well. Not only for the players sake, but also for the dignity of the club. Darius Vassell has already said he would like to move abroad for his next move, its a shame Ankaragucu don't have a strong and trustworthy management or the player could return.

Good luck Darius


  1. Great report Nadeem.

    Also, typical words from the great man himself. Darius can count on all the support of the thousands of Ankaragucu fans. We will never forget him and we recognise his sincerity and loyalty to the Club.

    This is more than can be said for the Management of the Club over the past few years !!!

    Good luck in your travels Darius.

  2. Darius is a true mensch. He may have experienced some trying times here, but he never let the club down; management let him down.

    I wish him the best of luck in everything.

  3. totally agree lads. Vassell and Vittek could have led us to great things. I will always remember his goal away at Fenerbahce, Metin Akan dummied the ball and let it run for Darius who put the ball into the back of the net.

    added to that his goal against gencler.

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