Southend United chairman Ron Martin: I should have sold Bilel Mohsni to West Ham United

Echo: Bilel Mohsni - now on loan with Ipswich Town Bilel Mohsni - now on loan with Ipswich Town

BLUES chief Ron Martin has admitted he made a mistake not selling Bilel Mohsni to West Ham United in the summer.

The Hammers tabled an £100,00 offer for the Frenchman in July.

And Martin now regrets not accepting the bid.

“I hold my hands up and admit I got that one wrong,” said Martin.

“I turned down the offer of £100,000 and went back asking for £250, 000.

“I thought Bilel was worth that and thought a Premier League club would be able to pay a little bit more.

“But they didn't come back in and I think Bilel blames me for that now.

“It wasn't intentional though and I was just trying to get the best deal I could for the football club.”

After failing to agree a switch to West Ham, Mohsni eventually joined Ipswich Town on loan.

However, he has yet to start a match for the Tractor Boys and has not featured at all since the start of November.

As a result, his loan deal looks unlikely to be extended beyond January.

But Blues boss Paul Sturrock confirmed Mohsni would not be returning to Roots Hall.

“Bilel will not be coming back here if Ipswich don't keep him,” said Sturrock.

“He's a great lad and has real talent but he's a disruptive influence behind the scenes and he's also said in the Echo he doesn't want to play for the football club any more.

“Once someone says something like that I don't think there's any going back and it was a similar situation with Ryan Hall and why we allowed him to leave.”

But if Mohsni does not return to Blues and fails to agree a switch to a new club, he will not cost the club a penny.

“If Bilel goes back to France then he's in breach of contract and every two weeks we fine him two weeks wages,” said Sturrock.

“I don't know what will happen but he's told us he only wants to go to a club playing in the Championship or Premier League.”

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7:03pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Shrimper1 says...

What a bad state of affairs all round :-(
What a bad state of affairs all round :-( Shrimper1

11:21pm Wed 12 Dec 12

SUFC1906 says...

To be fair to Ron Martin he was in a no win situation with Mohsni. If he sold on the cheap at West Ham's offer then the fans would have slaughtered him if Mohsni had gone on to star at top level & comparisons with the cheap sales of Hooper & Barnard would have been made. As it happens Mohsni looks like he has'nt done wonders at Ipswich so now the target must be to get him sold for some fee level to anybody. Not sure many Premiership or Championship clubs will rush to bid much as the player has gone backwards in development. Should get a better deal for Hall if Leeds want a permanent deal there.
To be fair to Ron Martin he was in a no win situation with Mohsni. If he sold on the cheap at West Ham's offer then the fans would have slaughtered him if Mohsni had gone on to star at top level & comparisons with the cheap sales of Hooper & Barnard would have been made. As it happens Mohsni looks like he has'nt done wonders at Ipswich so now the target must be to get him sold for some fee level to anybody. Not sure many Premiership or Championship clubs will rush to bid much as the player has gone backwards in development. Should get a better deal for Hall if Leeds want a permanent deal there. SUFC1906

1:20pm Thu 13 Dec 12

JoeBlogs2 says...

''To be fair to Ron Martin he was in a no win situation with Mohsni''

I Agree 100 %

But come on here surely the hamsters could of offered more than £100.00

Its a Joke
''To be fair to Ron Martin he was in a no win situation with Mohsni'' I Agree 100 % But come on here surely the hamsters could of offered more than £100.00 Its a Joke JoeBlogs2
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