Margate Chairman Alistair Bayliss has insisted that striker Michael Thalassitis will be part of the club’s plans for the new season when he returns from his appearance on reality TV show Love Island.
The former St Albans City and Ebbsfleet United front man joined the ITV show in mid-June, with Margate boss Steven Watt describing himself as “disappointed” that Talassitis had not informed him was to be part of the show.
Watt told TalkSport “I wouldn’t say I’m fuming to be honest. The disappointing factor is he hasn’t let me know. It’s not an ideal situation for me. I’d have appreciated at least a call to say he would be going on the show.
“He’s very easy on the eye Thala. At this level as a manager you’ve got to take into consideration that the football isn’t their first income. You’re dealing with players who’ve got labourers jobs, plasterers jobs, whatever jobs. He’s seen it as an opportunity, like he says, he can’t turn down. But the disappointing thing is that he didn’t pick the phone up and let me know.
“It’s laughable. I didn’t think I’d be sitting in this position with one of my players going onto a TV show and potentially missing preseason.”
The striker was voted off the show by other contestants but now he has returned to the Villa.
Thalassitis agreed a new one year deal at the end of last season and he is expected to return to Margate as they finalise their preparations for the new Bostik League campaign.
Chairman Bayliss told the club’s website “As a club we would we never want to stand in the way of a personal opportunity of this magnitude”.
“Mike is a top guy who is well liked around the club and we wish him all the best upon his return to the Villa”.
“We are looking forward to having Mike back with us and being part of what we hope to be a very successful season for Margate Football Club”.
Margate kick off their Bostik League season with an away game at Thurrock on Saturday 12th August.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marklndaily)
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