It was time for Bobby to leave – MarcusBy Nick Ive
February 10, 2009
Marcus Hahnemann admits it was probably time compatriot Bobby Convey called it a day at Reading.
As we revealed last month the winger was set to leave after a nightmare year in Berkshire.
And the club confirmed the news on Friday as he left by mutual consent.
Convey has been unsettled for several months. His wife was unable to find work and his prospects of playing first-team football at Madejski Stadium were bleak.
And Hahnemann told the Evening Post: “I wasn’t surprised because it was on the cards for a bit. He said he wanted to go back.
“It is a disappointing end, and sad he’s not going to be around any more. It is difficult.
“His wife came over and she couldn’t get a job over here.
“Her qualifications were for a job they don’t really have over here. She was a physician assistant, which isn’t quite a doctor and more than a nurse, but they don’t have a position like that here.”
Hahnemann added: “We all want to just play football, but Bobby was frustrated he wasn’t getting enough playing time.
“He was over at my house quite a bit for dinner and hanging out and I will really miss him.
“Although it was obvious he was going, it happened really quickly.
“All of a sudden he was gone. Last Tuesday night he came over and said he was going the next day – it was that quick.
“I knew he wasn’t happy and I think it was just time to move on.”
Convey arrived at Reading in the summer of 2004 from Major League Soccer side DC United for around £850,000.
He failed to make much of an impression during his first season, but the USA international showed his class the following year as Royals romped to the Championship title with a record-breaking 106 points.
But the 25-year-old was unable to build on that form and his stint in the Premier League was blighted by a knee injury that was only sorted out a couple of months ago.
“The whole knee injury didn’t help,” admitted Hahnemann (pictured below).
“He took a long time to get back from that. I don’t know if it was mis-diagnosed, but he went back to America and had surgery on it.
“It did take a lot longer to get back than it should have done.”
Although Convey’s spell in England ended in disappointment, Hahnemann insists the winger's contribution to promotion means it hasn’t been a disaster.
“I don’t know if he regrets coming here,” said Hahnemann. “I don’t think he does. All you have to do is look back at our Championship-winning season that we had as he enjoyed great success.
“I think he played nearly every game that year and kept Stephen Hunt out of the team.
“And then the next year he played in the Premier League. That is all we are trying to do – be a success.
“People take for granted how special that title year was.
“To be part of that is enough for anybody. It was a truly unbelievable year.
“It was a great season and all the players and fans will remember it forever.
“I know he wanted to do more, but hopefully he can have more success back in America.”
Convey is wanted by MLS side San Jose Earthquakes and Hahnemann added: “I think for Bobby going home is the best thing for him and hopefully it all works out.”
Hahnemann is set to make his comeback from a calf injury tomorrow in Reading reserves match at Gillingham.