NEW St Patrick's Athletic defender Jason Gavin believes he had nothing to prove to former boss Paul Doolin in last Sunday's defeat by Drogheda United.
"I had three great years there. I've nothing to prove to anybody at Drogheda," said Gavin.
The 28-year-old left the champions for Richmond Park last month after spending time on the transfer list and training on his own, having fallen out with Doolin.
The Drogheda manager had hit out in the aftermath of his side's 1-0 win at what he perceived as a lack of effort and an inability to cope with success among those who have departed.
"I've heard players saying they didn't get on with their manager and that some of them didn't enjoy their time here," said Doolin.
"To be honest with you, I didn't like the time with them either, dealing with them.
"I only look for people that want to be professional, people that want to play," he said.
"Any successful manager, any successful team, it's a problem when you get success and I think that's what happened with one or two of them, maybe not wanting to do it the next year. It amazes me. Nobody ever asks these players why they were let go.
"They always say 'well, I didn't get along with the manager.'
"But nobody ever says 'what happened, why?'.
"Instead of using me, that they don't get on with me."
But Gavin defended his position and refused to be drawn into a verbal scrap with his old manager.
"If you ask any of the lads who were part of the squad they'll tell you the reasons I left, and they know the reasons I left and that's it. Finished.
"I'd nothing to prove at all to Drogheda.
"All the best to them. They're a great club, with great people running it.
"I've nothing bad against Drogheda at all. That's it."
Gavin now turns his attentions to helping St Pat's overcome Wexford Youths in the fourth round of the FAI Ford Cup on Friday night.
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