No More Max?

Last updated : 25 April 2008 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
With the ongoing situation not resolved in France following the death of his mother, Max Gradel has returned to France to sort out the custody of his younger brother and sister through the French courts.

Speaking the Bournemouth Evening Echo, manager Kevin Bond is quoted as saying: "I spoke to Max after the Bristol Rovers game and he told me he needed to go to France. I was aware of a legal situation regarding the custody of his younger brother and sister and although he said he was hoping to come back for the Walsall game, I knew it might be doubtful. Some things are more important than football, even at this critical stage of the season for us, and what Max has got to deal with is certainly more important. We totally understand and respect that. I spoke to him again at the end of last week when he reaffirmed that he wouldn't be able to get over for the Walsall game. With everything that's gone on in his young life over the past six to eight months, he sounded disillusioned. I sensed that all was not well and he's clearly got lots of family issues to take care of. I haven't been able to contact him since Friday and I wouldn't anticipate him pulling on a shirt for Bournemouth again".