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Charles Sale: Eggert Magnusson will have the write of reply!
Published : 21 Jan 2010 00:12:34
Former West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson,accused by the club's new owners of being responsible for the Premier League side's £100million-plus debt, will have his say in a book. Icelander Magnusson, whose 'crazy regime brought the club to itsknees', according to the latest Hammers overlord David Sullivan, is writing an account of his time at West Ham to be published in the UK later this year. 'Crazy regime': Magnusson More from Charles Sale... Charles Sale: Manchester United save face by silencing the twits19/01/10 Charles Sale: LMA chief Richard Bevan calls for bosses to be based at Burton 18/01/10 Charles Sale: Revolt over FA's fat-cat salaries17/01/10 Charles Sale: Micah hoping for super agent of change15/01/10 Charles Sale: Manchester City gaffe leaves United red-faced 14/01/10 Charles Sale: Age mystery over Crystal Palace ace Victor Moses13/01/10 Charles Sale: Cardiff City tax story results in arrest of former IT head13/01/10 Charles Sale: Ice-bound Anfield still open for stadium tours12/01/10 VIEW FULL ARCHIVE Magnusson said: 'It will be about my personal experiences. I'll explainmany things that need to be put into the daylight. This will be my personal settlement with West Ham.' Magnusson is sure to include his work exploring a potential movefrom Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium, something Sullivan calls a'major part of our strategy'. Magnusson, however, was told refitting the athletics-dedicatedstadium into one fit for Premier League football would cost up to £400m. And Sullivan's comparisons with Manchester City's move to Eastlands areerroneous as the City of Manchester Stadium was designed and built forthe Commonwealth Games in the knowledge it would later become afootball stadium. The Olympic Stadium is being constructed with only athletics in mindafter Spurs and West Ham declined early overtures to move there due tothe non-negotiable running-track legacy. It is believed Tom Russell, who was in charge of the Manchestertransformation after the 2002 Commonwealth Games, resigned as groupdirector of Olympic Legacy with the London Development Agency afterjust a year because a football tenancy wasn't built into the blueprint. Sven Goran Eriksoon, who has been on the brink of walkingout of Notts County since before Christmas, having not being paid mostof the salary he was promised as director of football, is approachingdecision day. He has been hanging on in the unlikely event of findingan investor prepared to fund the millions needed to take the club andhimself to the Premier League. A promising lead has said he willprovide an answer this week and, if it's 'No', Sven will be packing hisbags. Colin Montgomerie (right), who has a promotional contract with Sky Sports, is so embeddedwith Rupert Murdoch's network that he even appears centre stage on thetrailer trumpeting their golf team. Whether the Ryder Cup captain is wise to be so associated with thestation broadcasting the tournament next October is another matter inview of the potential conflict of interests it could bring. The Crown Prosecution Service gave an indication at Southwark CrownCourt yesterday that they may have more on Portsmouth chief executivePeter Storrie, charged with cheating the public revenue, than therelatively-minor tax avoidance on the Amdy Faye signing-on fee whichhas brought him to trial after a football corruption probe that startedin 2006. The CPS stated in court they had 2,000 pages in their Storrie filewhich they have to pass on to his defence team by March 3. Storrie wasalso warned not to make public comments about the strength of theevidence against him. The Lawn Tennis Association, whose annual £25million-plus surplus fromWimbledon allows them to be extravagant, have flown out in force to theAustralian Open in Melbourne. As well as player performance chief SteveMartin, LTA executives out there or on their way include chiefexecutive Roger Draper, president Derek Howarth, commercial boss BrucePhilipps and new head of communications James Munro. Amir Khan, who has gambled on splitting from boxingpromoter Frank Warren, is looking to replace him with an army ofadvisors. As well as his own family, Khan Promotions, plus Golden Boyin America being promoters, Wasserman Media Group are looking after hiscommercial interests and organising a tender for prospective PRadvisors. M&C Saatchi, who work for Amir's major sponsors, Reebok,will be favourites.