Bilel Mohsni takes swipe at Southend United chairman Ron Martin after joining Ipswich Town on loan (From Echo)
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Bilel Mohsni takes swipe at Southend United chairman Ron Martin after joining Ipswich Town on loan
BILEL Mohsni has taken a swipe at Southend United chairman Ron Martin after finally sealing a loan switch away from the club.
The versatile Frenchman ended months of uncertainty by joining Ipswich Town on loan until January.
But Mohsni remains frustrated his future was not sorted out earlier in the summer and claims Martin went back on a promise he made to him at the end of last season.
“It was a big frustration for me because when our games ended last year the chairman said if a big club came in for me he would sell me,” said Mohsni.
“He said he wouldn’t let me go to a club like Crawley, but if someone in a high division made a bid he would let me leave.
“But West Ham wanted to sign me and I had agreed everything with them but then the chairman asked for silly money and didn’t sell me like he said he would.
“That left me very disappointed and that is why I didn’t come back to Southend.
“I could understand people on the outside asking why I wasn’t coming back when I wasn’t playing for anyone but, after what the chairman did, I would rather not play at all than go and play for him.
“I also wouldn’t wish what happened to me on anyone because it wasn’t very nice at all.”
After a move to West Ham fell through, Mohsni spent time on trial with Birmingham City and Ipswich Town before eventually being snapped up by the Tractor Boys.
But the 25-year-old insisted he looks back fondly on his time with Southend and, in particular, the rapport he built with the manager Paul Sturrock and the fans at Roots Hall.
“Southend is a very good club and I’m proud that I played for them,” said Mohsni.
“The manager is brilliant and was very good to me and so were the supporters. I hope they understand why I’ve done what I have and would like to thank them for always getting behind me.”