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Quinn issues apology

The comments that Niall Quinn made on Friday, when he singled Pompey and West Ham out as the 'chief culprits' for driving transfer prices up, were taken out of context he says.

But either way he has issued an apology to both clubs, particularly Harry Redknapp, via sky sports news - with these a few of the things he said 'It was in response to a question about why is it so dear. We're all trying to get into that top four - that's what everybody's dream is. Fair play to Portsmouth, fair play to West Ham.

'The real people who are loving this are the agents and that's the point I was trying to make.

'If I offended people in Portsmouth and West Ham I apologise, that was not my intention at all.

'But it had to be pointed out that, while it's going on, this real quest and hunger to drive clubs up, with the prices going as high as they are, it's the agent and player, ultimately, who is benefiting.

'That's the point I was trying to make. I apologise to Harry, who I think got a bit upset. I will meet him some time and buy him a drink!'

Redknapp was not best pleased, with his rant in his post match interview with sky after the Barclays Asia Trophy win threatening to spill over into Kevin Keegan and 'I'd love it if we beat 'em' proportions - something that I was reminded about during the breaks on sky sports recently.

David Nugent has since also had a pop, maybe not at Quinn, but at Sunderland and Roy Keane, which was probably not the wisest of things to do.

Even if Quinn's comments were taken out of context, my thinking is still that he should be more concerned with what his club are doing and not others, but when all is said and done it often takes a bigger man to say sorry - so credit to him for this.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 29 2007

Time: 12:56PM

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Well fair play to him, I think he realised he'd upset a few, Eating humble pie takes some doing, and tastes bally awful.
pentonpompey
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29/07/2007 13:08:00

You've not seen nothing like the mighty Quinn apologise !!
pompeygray
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29/07/2007 13:15:00

it does seem a little riduculas to accuse us of hiking the prices in the premiership...of all our playors that we payed large amounts of money for, all were from diferent leagues. but its nice to see him realise his mistake and apologise.
pompeycarpet
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29/07/2007 13:43:00

He's not a bad bloke but Pompey fans might be unforgiving on 12th January. Hell, back at Fratton again in February. Who does these fixtures.
pompeygray
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29/07/2007 14:39:00

its frustration, but harry was bang out of orsder to get Nugget in the press, knee jerk bad move and basically silly. Time we all moved on but as i said on the other artucle Roy will have that Nugent comment pinned up on the wall come pompey vist.
russellm
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29/07/2007 21:48:00

I like Nial Quinn- prefered his fat brother Mickey- and was glad to hear him put the record straight. hey penton ive private messeged you...made sure i spelt that correct on a tag all about Love and forgiveness
plymouth graham
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29/07/2007 23:42:00

and sure enough Keane has hit back, stupid Harry stupid
russellm
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30/07/2007 18:37:00

yep, these nugent comments could coem back to haunt him and pompey... keane is not a man i would get on the wrong side, unless someone was shielding my path!
pompeyrug
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30/07/2007 23:21:00

Certainly did seem a bizarre statement at the time! Had he been drinking?
sandgroanun
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31/07/2007 21:17:00

 

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