Harry Redknapp: This West Ham transfer was a disaster
By Amir Mir
Harry Redknapp has remembered the moment he signed Javier Margas for West Ham nearly 20 years ago.
Former Hammers boss Redknapp stated that Margas’ transfer to Upton Park in 1998 was a “disaster” after watching him play for Chile at the World Cup.
Redknapp was talking about the players who performed better for their countries than they did for their clubs, with centre-back Margas being a standout name for the Englishmen.
Chile international Margas spent three years at the London-based club, but he only made 24 appearances during his time in the capital.
Former Premier League manager Redknapp revealed what he thought about Margas prior to bringing him to England.
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“I went out to the World Cup to watch him play,” Redknapp told BT Sports. “Fantastic, what a competitor. I went to watch him at Wembley, he doesn’t give Michael Owen a kick.
“I sign him, bring him to West Ham, disaster. It was difficult.”
Margas made 63 appearances for Chile on the international stage where he scored six goals during that period.
Redknapp managed the Hammers for a seven-year period during the nineties and early noughties.
Footballing maverick Paolo Di Canio was arguably the best player Redknapp managed during his time at the old Boleyn Ground.
Now, the Premier League club have moved to the London Stadium where they have struggled for results in front of their own supporters this season.
Slaven Bilic’s side suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Leicester City on Saturday afternoon added with a number of hidings they have received in the capital during this campaign.
The likes of Arsenal, Manchester City (twice) and Watford have all scored four or more goals at the London Stadium this term.
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