Neal Ardley has revealed he allowed Sammy Moore to leave AFC Wimbledon because he didn’t fit into the club’s playing style.
The popular midfielder departed Kingsmeadow by mutual consent this week after five seasons of service to the Dons.
Moore was the last remaining member of Wimbledon’s non-league days before his exit as he helped fire the club to promotion under previous boss Terry Brown.
He leaves having made 183 appearances in the blue and yellow shirt, 36 of which came in 2014-15, and Ardley admits it would have been more this term if he’d employed a different formation.
“Sammy has given such great service to the club during five years,” the Wimbledon boss told Dons Player.
“He is one of the best holding midfielders in our league. We did not play very much to suit his style during the past season, which has limited his chances, particularly in the second half of the campaign.
“I think whoever gets Sammy will have a very good player.
“It has been an extremely difficult time for him and we have all felt that pain. Today was something that I was not looking forward to, but it ended up with us having a hug and being good friends.
“It is as much Sammy’s decision as it is ours. I think it will be the best thing for Sammy to have a fresh start and move forward with his career.”