MacAnthony surprise at decision

05 July 2011 01:53
Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony is surprised that Craig Mackail-Smith chose to join Brighton, but understands the reasons for joining.[LNB] The Seagulls were late entrants in the race to sign the 27-year-old striker, but they saw off the challenges of West Ham, Leicester, QPR and Norwich.[LNB]"Everyone knows Norwich came in with a very strong offer last season and I very nearly sold him. Then we heard that Neil Warnock was very keen to sign him for QPR," said MacAnthony. "We actually struck a deal with QPR. Craig was keen and it looked set to go ahead, but things changed and Warnock told us that his directors could not make the deal happen.[LNB]"Leicester were next to come along and there had also been enquiries from Wolves, Reading and others. Brighton then made me an offer which was a poor offer and I spoke to their people just to say 'no way'.[LNB]"I presumed Leicester were favourites - Brighton were back in the background. But they matched Leicester's offer with a little bit more up front and it became clear to me that Craig was very keen to join them.[LNB]"I was surprised Craig chose them, but to be fair they are a club heading in the right direction. They have a good manager and they play great football so all the best to them and to Craig."

Source: Team_Talk