Football: Climbdown by Redknapp after transfer tirade
Tuesday 24 November 1998
The Hammers' manager attended a board meeting where clear-the-air talks were held. Storrie said: "Harry has apologised for his comments. We have shaken hands and he has said he regrets the things he said yesterday.
"Harry was just concerned because he wanted to play the player in yesterday's game at Derby, but he realises now that he got too heated and said some unnecessary things.
"Harry accepts that this transfer is necessary and is now happy about the situation. I have had a very close working relationship with Harry for the past five years and we both want to carry on working closely together for the good of the club. We are all very happy this has been resolved, and everyone is friends again."
Storrie had earlier criticised Redknapp and accused him of scaremongering because the Upton Park manager had said he feared that players like Rio Ferdinand may be sold.
"It is absolute nonsense," said Storrie. "I think the truth of the matter is that he didn't like being overruled. We had to get a certain amount of money in to balance the books and they are now balanced. Harry always knew we had to do this from the start of the season.
"Harry wears his heart on his sleeve and you have to put up with that at times, but it is disappointing. The worst comment he made was saying someone like me didn't know anything about football. That is insulting and it is nonsense.
"He is saying unless you've played professional football you know nothing about the game. But there have been top managers who have never played the game, and on the other side there have been top-level players who became bad managers. That is a personal insult on me and he doesn't know what he is talking about. It is nonsense."
Impey was due to have a medical last night and is expected to complete his transfer to Filbert Street today.
Despite Storrie's words yesterday, Redknapp may yet be obliged to sell another player. There were reports last night that a second sale may be demanded by the board. The West Ham manager is unhappy about the position - and could be pushed to the brink if his bosses decide the identity of the next player to leave.
Redknapp was hoping to move out a fringe man - but he may have to let the striker John Hartson or the midfielder Eyal Berkovic go instead.
Latest in Sport
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
Poppy Appeal 2014: This is why I won't be wearing a red poppy this year
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£35000 - £40000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...
£47,334 - £59,058 per annum: Coventry University: The Centre for Agroecology, ...