ANGLING legend Bob Nudd has played down accusations that his early departure from the Veterans World Champs last week left the team in a perilous position.
The four-times World Champ was at Hungary’s Szeged Rowing Course with the England Vets squad, when he decided to head home early after being left out of the four-man team by manager Dickie Carr.
Celebrated England manager Dick Clegg broke the news on Facebook, and match anglers across the nation weighed into the debate, with many accusing Bob of acting selfishly. However, Bob said that everything had been ‘blown out of proportion’.
“Dick Clegg called me, we had a chat, and everything’s fine,” he said.
“The reason behind my departure wasn’t clear initially. In my opinion, the team that fishes on the first day should fish the second too so, as the reserve, I didn’t see any need to stay. Plus, I had a holiday with my family in Florida that I really needed to get ready for. I told manager Dickie Carr, and he was fine with my decision.”
He added: “I realised on the plane home that if someone had fallen ill, the team would’ve been a man down, so I shouldn’t have left. I called Dickie to apologise, but thankfully the team did brilliantly, finishing third.”