Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony is often rightly praised by football fans for his open and transparent approach to running the League One outfit.
And he’s been earning plaudits once again after lifting the lid on the saga of sought-after winger Marcus Maddison’s move away from London Road in January.
The former Newcastle trainee clocked up almost two hundred appearances for Posh after joining from Gateshead in 2014, scoring sixty-two goals and amassing an incredible seventy-five assists.
However, Maddison’s time at Posh came to an end in apparent acrimony last month when he eventually signed for Championship side Hull City on loan for the rest of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent when his contract expires with Posh in the summer.
In an explosive interview on his YouTube channel, MacAnthony revealed some details behind Maddison’s January exit and made several strong accusations against the twenty-six-year-old. The charges included that the playmaker asked for payment to leave London Road and that London traffic saw him prevaricate over a move to Charlton.
MacAnthony also claims a potential move to Birmingham City stalled over the player’s wage demands and suggested he was initially reluctant to talk to the Tigers, managed by his former boss at Peterborough, Grant McCann. MacAntony reveals the player preferred instead to wait to move for free in the summer to enable him to negotiate a better wage.
MacAnthony often praised and defended Maddison on Twitter, but the whole process appears to have harmed what seemed to be a close relationship. MacAnthony said: ‘I’m just glad the saga is over. I was getting fed up of being seen as a one-man team. The atmosphere around the camp is now excellent, and I won’t talk about Marcus again. Good luck to him and Hull City, but I couldn’t care less anymore.’
‘My head was like a volcano when I heard he wanted paying to leave,’ he added.
‘I am a temperamental person, and after all I’d done for him that really annoyed me.’
‘Marcus can be high maintenance, and I then became determined we got some money for him.’
‘He wasn’t going to be allowed to leave for nothing as he had suggested he would as he thought he would then get the contract he wanted.’
Peterborough have won their last four games and currently sit third in League One.
Marcus Maddison can be an excellent player, but his attitude is often called into question by supporters, and the latest revelations will do nothing to alter that perception.
Most Peterborough fans are firmly in support of MacAnthony, with many incredibly pleased to see the back of their former favourite.