Frankly Rejecting: Motivation in Disguise?
The Board's reluctance in frankly offering him a contract extension is surely like a motivation in disguise!
Place anybody in his shoes, his prime target would be to cross Mr. Tambling's record of 202 goals of which he is only 8 short.
He was under the assumption his contract will be renewed and result was only 3-4 goals during first 4 months (although he was out injured for some time).
The time he realized his contract may not be renewed, see his number of goals in the last few matches, keep him guessing and he will think its his last season and he will, by hook or crook, try to somehow score 8 more goals in the remaining 5 months.
Give him an extension now and he will fall back into the relaxing chair warming his feet up.
The tactic is paying off, isn't it?
Yeah sure, but it remains debatable whether its the right tactic to play with a legend.