Cardiff signing Odemwingie: Ashworth apologised for QPR fiasco

Cardiff City signing Peter Odemwingie has revealed former West Bromwich Albion chief Dan Ashworth accepted responsibility for last January's QPR fiasco.

Cardiff City signing Peter Odemwingie has revealed former West Bromwich Albion chief Dan Ashworth accepted responsibility for last January's QPR fiasco.

The Nigerian's failed move to Loftus Road virtually ended his career and relationship with the Baggies.

He recalled to the Guardian: “On the morning of February 1, Dan Ashworth apologised to me in front of Steve Clarke and Richard (Garlick). He said:

"‘Peter, if I gave you the impression the deal was done, I’m sorry. Here is my phone with calls to Canada. I tried for it to happen.’ I’m not going to claim I had written permission (to speak to QPR) because I didn’t. But we were this close."

What Odemwingie did not take kindly to was Clarke’s description of his actions.

“The manager comes out and says it was ‘total lunacy’ (to drive to QPR). In the country where I come from, with these kind of words, we don’t take them lightly. The word lunacy cannot be associated with me. I am an absolutely normal person. ‘Total lunacy’ means you want to say that out of the blue I just appeared there without discussing (anything).”

 
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