So Ian Harte doesn't think the deal offered by Mick McCarthy is good enough.
A former International of 64 caps experience probably thinks he's better than the mooted month to month dealon offer, but there was also the carrot of a longer term option if he came up with the goods often enough.
It's not like there isn't a pecedent.
Jody Craddock and Michael Gray both earned contract extensions last year, despite being older than Harte.
But at the end of the day, if he doesn't have the stomach for a fight, what can you do?