Date: 29th July 2007 at 12:57pm
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The comments that Niall Quinn made on Friday, when he singled Pompey and West Ham out as the ‘chief culprits’ for driving transfer prices up, were taken out of context he says.

But either way he has issued an apology to both clubs, particularly Harry Redknapp, via sky sports news – with these a few of the things he said ‘It was in response to a question about why is it so dear. We’re all trying to get into that top four – that’s what everybody’s dream is. Fair play to Portsmouth, fair play to West Ham.

‘The real people who are loving this are the agents and that’s the point I was trying to make.

‘If I offended people in Portsmouth and West Ham I apologise, that was not my intention at all.

‘But it had to be pointed out that, while it’s going on, this real quest and hunger to drive clubs up, with the prices going as high as they are, it’s the agent and player, ultimately, who is benefiting.

‘That’s the point I was trying to make. I apologise to Harry, who I think got a bit upset. I will meet him some time and buy him a drink!’

Redknapp was not best pleased, with his rant in his post match interview with sky after the Barclays Asia Trophy win threatening to spill over into Kevin Keegan and ‘I’d love it if we beat ’em’ proportions – something that I was reminded about during the breaks on sky sports recently.

David Nugent has since also had a pop, maybe not at Quinn, but at Sunderland and Roy Keane, which was probably not the wisest of things to do.

Even if Quinn’s comments were taken out of context, my thinking is still that he should be more concerned with what his club are doing and not others, but when all is said and done it often takes a bigger man to say sorry – so credit to him for this.

PLAY UP POMPEY!