Newcastle Annoyed at West Ham Chairman

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:

“The fact that Newcastle moved the goalposts in the middle of the game is not how to do business.”

“They had given us permission to speak to the player – he had had a medical and we had agreed a fee when we received a phone call that Newcastle wanted £2m more for him.”

“We couldn’t believe it and I think some of the people there seem to be a little bit embarrassed.

“But 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 we’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.”

As indicated above, the Icelander claimed Newcastle officials were embarrassed by Dyer’s abortive move to Upton Park – 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 “embarrassed” from later reports. All that really happened was that Magnusson’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 – 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 – 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.

Comments very welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 10, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Well he does look like an Egg, but not such an Egg Head 🙂

  • evil dick

    Aug 10, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #2

    haha! we used to have a silly chairman like that.

  • Bill F

    Aug 10, 2007 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #3

    He ought to stick to being a garden gnome model

  • Sandy

    Aug 10, 2007 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #4

    The Nobby story may have more weight to it than I previously thought. His family is based down there, for some silly reason. Of course anyone would want to be near their kids.

    I don’t want Nobby to go, but hasn’t he already been dropped by Allardyce for the Bolton game?

  • GH

    Aug 10, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #5

    The new owners of NUFC probably are embarrassed that their brinkmanship has been made public. As big Sam said they are not football people and have a lot to learn.

  • Bev

    Aug 10, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #6

    magnusson has got egg on his face, (oh dear i’ll get my coat) anyway anyone seen alan oliver writing absolute rubbish again, in chronicle about nobby going to west ham for family reasons (is this everyones excuse?!?!) i don’t think sam will let him go as we only have milner for rw and carr for rb if geremi is playing in midfield, surely that would leave us too short again.

  • Nick

    Aug 10, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Newcastle acted like a bunch of tight greedy buggers. The deal was set in princible.. we had agreed the fee he had and passed a medical, was abotu to sign on the dotted line when Mike Ashley or Christopher Mort decided they wanted more money.

    Now your goign to keep your “undervalued” KDyer and make him keep the bench

  • Alex

    Aug 10, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Didint nobby just sign a new deal?Does oliver just sit at home and dream these things up?

  • Bill B.

    Aug 10, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Both clubs chairman seem like they need to removed from the playpin. Neither have played nice in this and KD looks to be the big loser in all of this.

  • Nick

    Aug 10, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #10

    I am a West Ham fan, and like most people Newcaste fans included can’t believe we have luckily missed out on Dyer. It seems that both sets of directors are being coy about something. West Ham say Newcastle agreed the price in writing via email then upped the price by £2m and Newcastle say they weren’t happy with the way West Ham were negotiating certain things ? I guess these certain things are the stumbling block here, I don’t see why they aren’t specific about what certain things are, West Ham haven’t defended those claims so I guess something got heated and both parties decided to make a point, resulting in this stalemate. With regards to the Nobby story, I wouldn’t read too much into west ham are linked with every body at the minute and 99% of it is pure journalist rubbish. Personally hope Nobby stays with you as he is a great player and I know your fans love him. Good luck this season, hope to see us both in the top half moving forward !

  • George

    Aug 10, 2007 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Haway man. He looks like sumit oot of a SCI FI program or film and nee body teks any notis of them di thi. Must put my head back on now as it makes me sound daft aswell and nobody takes a blind bit of notice of me either.
    Sod it am a daft geordie so am ganin to the pub. Whats his excuse!

  • bee

    Aug 10, 2007 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #12

    The only people at fault here are Newcastle UTD! The bid was made and accepted, Dyer came and had a medical then just as he was about to sign your chairman upper the price. Questions were asked why the deal feel through and West Hams chairman explained the reason. Your chairman Christopher Mort was trying to flex his muscles and in doing so has made himself look like an incompetent prat! Player do not have medicals unless the transfer fee has been accepted!! FACT. The only people who look stupid and embarrassed are Christopher Mort and Sam Allardyce for trying and failing to spin the fault onto West Ham, as the whole of the football following country know. As for evil dick, you have replaced one silly chairman for another ha ha ha!!

  • t-g-w

    Aug 10, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #13

    I thought Nobby had just pledged his future to Newcastle (not necessarily singing a contract) and said he wanted to finish his career here… Surely he wouldn’t have said that if he wanted to be nearer his family who were in London.

    I wish West Ham would just stop trying to buy every player we have or every player we used to have! It seems a bit ridiculous. Maybe they’re jealous lol!

  • Geordie joe

    Aug 10, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Nick – Kieron Dyer is a newcastle player and that means that if they want to ask for more more money they are totally entitled too. If you don’t want to pay it then don’t. It is as easy as that. in anyway i rate dyer quite highley and would like to keep him. but it is up to us how much we demand at any time.

  • Greg B

    Aug 10, 2007 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #15

    From NUFC.Com:

    Further to Thursday’s story about Nobby Solano’s desire to sign for West Ham, one of our Peruvian readers confirms that the player has spoken on the radio in his native country about the move and how he’s looking forward to linking up again with Parker and Bellamy.

    I personally think its rubbish, Nobby was delighted when he returned to Newcastle and has had nothing but praise for the way Sam is going about managing the club.

    Maybe his family are down south but his trumpet teacher lives up north so for that reason and that reason alone I think Nobby will stay. Maybe Alan Oliver could run that story.

  • Nick

    Aug 10, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Geordie joe, yes Newcastle are entitled to buy a car, but you wouldnt buy a car at (for example) 6K and as you hand over the money he turns round and asks for 2k more.

    Its just bad business.

  • Nick

    Aug 10, 2007 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry really f(*&^&ed my last post up!

    Geordie joe, yes Newcastle are entitled to, but for example if you were to buy a car, at 6K and as you hand over the money the owner turns round and asks for 2k more. Its just bad business. Newcastle got pissed because we spoke out of our anger of not buying a player at the price agreed

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 10, 2007 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #18

    6 mil for Dyer was more than enough. Should have sold him, i dont want dead wood costing us 80k a week at the toon.

  • rich

    Aug 10, 2007 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #19

    NICK – No money was handed over, do your reseearch.

    its not like you said if anything its like this:

    ive got a car, and i say you can have it for 6K…. and before anything else is said you then start screaming from the rooftops that you have bought the car for 6k, you then take it round to your house and start tuning it up before any money has even exhanged hands, or any paperwork has been filed… so i phone you up and say ‘oi mate, the deal isnt finalised… why are you acting like the car is yours when its still mine?? infact, because your screwing me around you can have the car for 8K, take it or leave it…’ and i take the car back.

    no money has exchanged between anyone, so it was alywas my car, only you acted like it was yours before it actually was, so i upped the price… AS ITS MY CAR.

    hyperbole rules.

  • Bosck

    Aug 10, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Tom_Toon – if richardson cost £5m, then £6m is not enough for dyer end of. irrespective of whether or not you like keiron dyer the difference in class between the two players in terms of skill is immense and far more than £1m.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 10, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Richardson is from Man Utdso the prices are more inflated and Richardson is pretty decent.

  • rich

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Tom Toon, if Chopra is 5MILLION, then how can Dyer be 6?

    dyer has been in the prem for 9+ season, Chopra has hardly kicked a ball.

    6million for dyer is too little.

  • Mike - Hammers Fan

    Aug 10, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #23

    How on earth has Magnusson embarrassed himself??? An agreement was in place, that changed, not by West Ham, but by the greed of newcastle… Most probably the brain-child of that great manager (???) ‘let’s upset everyone allardyce!!!’ If he shuts his mouth for once and actually concentrates on football rather than making stupid unwarranted comments, people may despise him a little less!!! You’ve got yourselves another souness there me thinks! He’ll upset more of your better players, leaving you with the old toot he normally likes to buy, unskillful work horses… Geremi’s a good example!!!

  • Barry Bumhead

    Aug 10, 2007 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #24

    “How on earth has Magnusson embarrassed himself??? An agreement was in place, that changed, not by West Ham, BUT BY THE GREED OF NEWCASTLE …”

    You know this how exactly?
    The truth is only the top people at both clubs know the actual goings on.
    Mind you, the “gobshite in the casino” story seems more feasible as time goes by and I still think the deal will happen before August 31st, probably for an undisclosed fee.

  • rich

    Aug 10, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Mike – Hammer Fan

    now theirs a perfect example of someone who has a very loose grip on footballing matters. go back to my little pony mate.

  • Hammy

    Aug 10, 2007 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #26

    Doesn’t that Eggert look like the scary dude from Salems Lot….

  • Barry Parker

    Aug 11, 2007 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Eggy is nothing like Freddy… He is a football man who talks sense and will not be held to ransom by Ashley. If you wish to keep a player that does not want to play for you and will not sign a new contract then fair enough but 5 mill was a decent price for Dyer there were not many other takers at that price. You chairman may have cocked up with this one…
    Eggy showed nothing but dignity through the whole tevez affair it was not him who signed the silly contracts it was all down to T Brown the scurge of West ham who all fans are glad to see the back of…
    Your views of course are biased as mine are but I have heard more sense coming from our chairman than most and hopefully now Tevez and Joorbichian are gone Hammers fans can get back to talking about football and not high courts…

  • steve

    Aug 11, 2007 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #28

    @Barry B
    what is the gobshite in the casino story ?

  • Ken

    Aug 11, 2007 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #29

    The Dire deal should be Mort in the water (excuse puns). Hammers have had a lucky escape, saved from buying a player who has only been fit for 55% of games over the last 9 years. Eggy acted correctly and the deal is hopefully dead. Sam & Mort would not have been happy had the roles been reversed. Where does this leave NUFC if they want to unload any more old crocks, no club will want to deal with them . Did Chris Mort used to be an estate agent?

  • Barry Bumhead

    Aug 11, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #30

    “@Barry B
    what is the gobshite in the casino story ?”

    Some “people” from West Ham were supposedly overheard in a London casino bragging about getting Dyer on the cheap by either Mike Ashley or somebody very close to him. That is why the fee got bumped up as it did. (All allegedly of course!).

  • Mike - Hammers Fan

    Aug 13, 2007 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #31

    Rich – If you’re still out there… You’re a no nothing prick mate!


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