Friday, July 27, 2007


Quinn: It's all West Ham's fault

"There's six or seven new owners who are spending money, but are they getting the type of player that the top four want? I don't think so. If I was going to spend a fortune on breaking the bank, I would be going after the players Liverpool or Manchester United wanted to sign. But, in the middle, people are fighting each other and raising the prices for the same players. You can see it with West Ham and Portsmouth. The agents are having an absolute 'beano'. It's like a property market, where estate agents own half the property or, in West Ham's case, it looks like all the property. What horrifies me is people who have made money out of property or biscuit tins telling a class act who's managing their club who they should be signing. That's for the birds, but it happens in a lot of cases. I see players signing and chairmen standing there with the jersey and their arms around the player and I say 'Oh my God, what are they doing?' It's their call, they may be like that and may be in it for that, but it's not right. If I start telling Roy Keane who to sign, I'm going against my own doctrine. Football is football, administration is administration. I'm 100% behind Roy on this. People are being pressurised into signing players from videos and giving agents lots of money. We won't do that. We have to keep our heads when this is going on."

Right OK - so Eggy's choosing our players is he? What evidence does he have?

By the way:

Ins: Dickson Etuhu (Norwich, £1.5m), Kieran Richardson (Manchester United, undisclosed), Greg Halford (Reading, £2.5m), Russell Anderson (Aberdeen, £1m), Michael Chopra (Cardiff City, £5m), Paul McShane (West Brom, £2.5m).
Outs: Kenny Cunningham (released), Tommy Miller (Ipswich, released).
Total £12.5m out not including Richardson spending.

West Ham United
Ins: Scott Parker (Newcastle, £7m), Julien Faubert (Bordeaux, £6.1m), Richard Wright (Everton, free), Craig Bellamy (Liverpool, £7.5m), Freddie Ljungberg (West Ham, £3m).
Outs: Paul Konchesky (Fulham, £3.25m), Nigel Reo-Coker (Aston Villa, £8.5m), Tyrone Mears (Derby, £1m), Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool, undisclosed), Marlon Harewood (Aston Villa, undisclosed).
Total £10.85m out, not including Benayoun and Harewood fees (income) at probably about £6m total, so my guess is we've spent just under £5m.

OK so you need to spend more coming up from the Championship, but I think Quinn's being a bit of a dick if he thinks we're pushing the spending up.

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