Fry drops his pants and blows a Gayle

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OUT­SPO­KEN Peter­bor­ough di­rec­tor of football Barry Fry has ad­mit­ted that he “had his pants pulled down” over the £8.5mil­lion trans­fer of Dwight Gayle.

The 22-year-old be­came Crys­tal Palace’s record sign­ing last week and Fry be­lieves he will be bet­ter than Jimmy Greaves and Stan Col­ly­more.

Posh chief Fry in­sists Ea­gles boss Ian Hol­loway got the bar­gain of the sea­son when he con­vinced his chair­man Steve Parish to sign the striker for his Pre­mier League sur­vival bat­tle.

And Fry ad­mit­ted: “Steve Parish has had my pants down – I’m telling you.

“In a year’s time the boy will be worth £20m to £25m, and then peo­ple will be say­ing what a shit deal it is for Peter­bor­ough.

“I’ve been a man­ager for 31 years and I’ve been in the game over 50 – he will be sen­sa­tional. Palace fans will love him.

Rare

“He hits the tar­get on aver­age more than any other for­ward I’ve had – and that in­cludes Jimmy Greaves when I signed him for Bar­net.

“I’ve also worked with Stan Col­ly­more, Steve Clar­idge and Craig Mack­ail-Smith. This boy is miles bet­ter.”

Gayle, 22, could be joined by New­cas­tle United mid­fielder Dan Gosling this week at Sel­hurst Park.

The 23-year-old wants to quit St James’ Park and link up with his for­mer boss Hol­loway.

And Gosling’s agent David Hodg­son said: “In the mod­ern game it is very rare to leave a con­tract with a year to go, on great money, and then take a 40 per cent drop just to play for Ian Hol­loway.

“If he had a chance to move to a big, big club or Palace then he joins Palace. Truth­fully, that is the bot­tom line.”

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