Alan Pardew was on Sky Sports this morning and made some very interesting remarks about his former club. He laid into Eggert Magnusson and basically blamed him for the club’s current woes. He also said he tried to sign Craig Bellamy.
The big problem of course at West Ham was when Eggert came in, who I had no respect for and no relationship with. That was never going to end or start well. He never showed me much respect to be honest. He kept wanting to buy eight different positions, but the first time I spoke to him I said I didn’t really need that many. He wanted to buy the world. I thought he was a bit naive and the best thing to happen to West Ham is that he’s no longer there. I just feel at that time he was not really understanding how it worked.
In our second year in the Premiership, which is always a tricky year, we had a takeover and it really caused havoc to be honest. It unsettles you. Everybody becomes wary of their position. Is the manager still going to be here? Are the players and the staff going to change? Everyone gets a little bit nervous. I’ve had three takeovers in my managerial career, which isn’t particularly long. The first part of the West Ham takeover was slightly contrived because Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano were involved. Up until that point we hadn’t signed anybody in that window and I was getting very concerned. There were two or three positions I really wanted to fill. The board were obviously wanting the club to be taken over and I was not aware of some of the conversations that were going on at that time. At the end of the window I was told there was a chance of getting these two world-class players, but not in the positions I particularly wanted to fill if I’m totally honest. But I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to manage two players I’d watched in the World Cup that summer. I was going to bring them in.
We didn’t actually fill the positions I wanted to. We had a weakness in the squad that unfortunately came out to play massively as the season progressed. Those two players were absolutely outstanding but Tevez hadn’t played for eight months because of a ban and a problem at his former club and they were both not quite ready. We tried to introduce them, I think there was a bit of animosity and we had takeovers. It was a very complicated situation. They weren’t expecting to play. I have to say they were both brilliant professionals in their time at West Ham.
But every time I introduced them unfortunately nothing really worked for us and it didn’t kick on, which was a shame. Tevez did show, especially towards the end, what he was all about. He played a big, big part in saving them from relegation.
You can read a summary of his remarks HERE.