Sunday, January 21, 2007

Eggy on West Ham

Eggert Magnusson and Curbishley were interviewed by Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið, here are some of Eggy's thoughts on West Ham. The full interview can be read at KUMB.

On Pardew's dismissal

"'The key factor was that something just wasn’t right in the dressing room. Tension had been building between the players and the manager for a while. That was a cancer we had to cut off.'

Eggert feels that the West Ham players weren't trained properly and feels the preparations before the season were mishandled because of the tension that was building. 'That was entirely unacceptable.'"

On West Ham's transfer policy

"We are focussing on getting older players in at this point in time. Fierce players who will drive these young players forward. We have already bought Nigel Quashie and Luis Boa Morte, and we are working, day and night, to get more players in. The best scenario would be three or four more players in during the transfer window."

The future

"We will build our model, based on the top clubs of European football, Chelsea, Man Utd and Barcelona. The ambition is strong and we aim to take West Ham right to the top. We know it will take time but we are in no rush. The goal is to be playing Champions League football within five years."

On the Olympic Stadium

"'I'm going to meet Ken Livingston, the mayor of London, about this issue tomorrow (last Thursday). We are also looking at building a stadium on a land near to us but Livingstone has mentioned that possibility to us. The third option would be to enlarge Upton Park but that is probably the toughest option of them all because of land issues.' Asked when West Ham could be able to to play their first game in a new stadium, Eggert answers: 'Within three to five years.'

On Reo-Coker

"'We will emphasise to keep our best players, especially those who have grown up at the club, that is, if they share the shame future vision as us. If they don’t, they can pack their bags and will find suitable replacements.'

A lot has been written about the future of West Ham captain, Nigel Reo Coker, in the last few weeks and he has been linked with a number of clubs. 'Reo Coker stays with us. He sat in the same chair you are sitting in couple of days ago and we reviewed his situation at the club. The conclusion is that he will stay at the club. I don’t deny it was a difficult and sensitive subject because some of our supporters had turned on him because of many rumours surrounding the player. However this issue has now been settled.'

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