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McAvennie sees dressing room friction if striker returns

Frank McAvennie knows a thing or two about relationships with fellow strikers.

And he has a very definite view on why it would be bad news for Marko Arnautovic to return to the Hammers.

So far this season we have had the former striker linked with us at 32 years of age after two or three season in a sub standard league along with Olivier Giround at 34 – not the best is it?

The former Arsenal man looks set for a departure from Stamford Bridge this summer but thankfully it seems not to be to the Irons.

Macca, however, had an entirely different reason for the “Arnautovic can’t return ” statement while speaking to West Ham Zone.

And he explained it’s all about a peaceful dressing room revealing that he knows that wasn’t a happy place during the last six months of the Austrian international’s time at the London Stadium.

And he believes it would cause unrest again, specifically with him and Michail Antonio declaring: “It will cause frictions again because he will want to play up front every week and Michail will be arguing.

“What I know is the dressing room wasn’t a happy place during his last six months. You’re going to have a problem. Can I see him and Antonio playing together. No.

“He really disrespected the club. I don’t know if the fans want him back. The fans deserve better than that. But I don’t think it would be a good fit in the dressing room.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

9 comments on “McAvennie sees dressing room friction if striker returns

  1. Totally agree. I don’t think Moyes would consider bringing Him back as He doesn’t fit Moyes’ template of a younger, dynamic team. Plus, someone mentioned that Moyes and his team have created a good team spirit. Long may that continue.

  2. Sorry I am not sure he has seen the quotes from the players but they loved Arnie including Noble and Antonio. They did not want him to leave. Can Arnie and Antonio play in the same team, they have done so many times to great effect. I would love to see him back as long as his performances have not dropped, the Euros should be a good indicator.

    • He’s probably seen them and has some of his own as a bloke who knows them by and large and the realities of the situation rather than the pr John

      • Hugh, time will tell, if we sign Arnie he will have been proved wrong with these comments, if we don’t sign him it will prove he had more knowledge than the PR. I would still question some of his comments in relation to Antonio and Arnie in the same team.

        • I don’t understand how players contradicting tha narrative that the dressing room was toxic amounts to pr, who gains from it?

  3. Nah, not for me. Frank is frankly talking ****. Pr my arse…. The players are still friends with him, nobody at West ham has anything to gain by pretending he was popular when he wasn’t.

    • I don’t understand how players contradicting tha narrative that the dressing room was toxic amounts to pr, who gains from it?

  4. It’s a complete non story. West ham has moved from the usual relegation battles to Europe. Ridiculous to even mention Arni now let alone Giround, who’s just signed an extension??

  5. If this is true that Mr Moyes is remaining at West Ham. Then I am really happy. While I cannot claim to follow the hammers as I once do. Under Mr Greenwood and Mr Lyall.
    I have always wanted them to do well, I see in Mr Moyes a manager to bring the club back into the glory days. I really wish Mr Moyes stays and the hammers have a good time in Europe.

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