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McAvennie: Macari was horrible!

Filed: Wednesday, 29th November 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham legend Frank McAvennie has been speaking about his longstanding beef with former manager Lou Macari.

McAvennie was enjoying a second spell at Upton Park when Macari was hired as replacement for the popular John Lyall - and within a matter of months, had left the club following a gambling scandal.

"We got him sacked at West Ham," Macca told interviewer Si Ferry. "He was never there, he was hopeless. If we got beaten, it was nothing to do with him - it was becasue you weren't fit enough, so he'd give you extra running.

"I ended up in hospital after one of his pals, Chris Kamara broke my ankle with a bad tackle on the opening day of the season. They took me to Stoke Hospital where I was told I wouldn't be able to walk properly, never mind play football again.

"I phoned the physio and the team bus came to pick me up - and Lou wasn't there, he wasn't even on the bus.

"We got back to London at one in the morning and the doctor said 'that's ok, I'll sort it' - I don't understand why they sent you to accident and emergency. But that was Macari for you.

"I got the ok to train again on Christmas Eve - and on Christmas Day he gave me a four mile road run and my ankle blew up again. I'd been told to do light training and he took me on a four-mile run. He's a horrible little person."

You may see the full 26-minute interview with Frank, in which he also dicusses his time at Celtic and with Scotland, below.

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