Eggert Magnusson seems to have a very bad habit of saying too much and embarrassing not only himself but the West Ham United Club too.
Magnusson was left embarrassed again last night after an attempt to humiliate Newcastle United over the Kieron Dyer saga backfired on the West Ham chairman and therefore on the London club too.
West Ham United Chairman Eggert Magnusson
This is what Magnusson had said about the whole Dyer affair yesterday:
â€œThe fact that Newcastle moved the goalposts in the middle of the game is not how to do business.â€
â€œThey had given us permission to speak to the player â€“ he had had a medical and we had agreed a fee when we received a phone call that Newcastle wanted Â£2m more for him.”
“We couldnâ€™t believe it and I think some of the people there seem to be a little bit embarrassed.
â€œBut I feel the deal is now gone and I feel very sorry for the player. He wanted a move, he wanted to come closer to his family in Ipswich and now that has gone.”
“I think this business with Newcastle has shown that weâ€™re not prepared to pay any price that a club puts on a player. If there are perceptions that we will do that, they are not correct.â€
As indicated above, the Icelander claimed Newcastle officials were embarrassed by Dyerâ€™s abortive move to Upton Park â€“ a statement that was met with a furious response from the Newcastle boardroom yesterday. Following discussions between the two clubs, Magnusson agreed to retract his statement. He contacted journalists but the statements had already appeared in the press.
The Press Association, which conducted the original interview, agreed to remove the most sensitive paragraph and the word â€œembarrassedâ€ from later reports. All that really happened was that Magnussonâ€™s comments inflamed an already sensitive situation even further.
It reminds us of the Tevez affair with Manchester United earlier, when Magnusson kept making ridiculous statements which caused the West Ham club seem to be the party at fault â€“ even if they weren’t. He would be well advised to keep a lower profile and do his job behind the scenes more. We still remember West Hams’ miraculous recovery last season when most of the country were cheering them on as they avoided relegation through excellent management by Alan Curbishley, coupled with great fighting spirit from the players. West Ham ssurely don’t want to lose that good will.
Christopher Mort, the Newcastle chairman has kept rather a diplomatic silence about the whole affair but will not tolerate further outbursts from his Upton Park counterpart. The truth of the matter is that both parties were probably to blame to some extent and we should leave it at that for now. Things are never black and white in these situations â€“ if you will excuse the pun
Whether West Ham come back for Dyer we’ll just have to wait and see – but relationships between the clubs need to be vastly improved first.
Finally, there have been reports that West Ham are after Norberto Solano as an alternative target. That news just has no credibility. Nobby is enjoying a resurgence of form and spirit at Newcastle under Sam and it’s laughable that a story like this would get published at all.
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