Cardiff signing Odemwingie reveals what he said to West Brom pals in final inquest

Cardiff City signing Peter Odemwingie has lifted the lid on his last days at West Bromwich Albion.

Odemwingie admits he took the opportunity of a dressing room inquest after their defeat to Norwich City to speak up.

He recalled to the Guardian: “Everybody was unhappy and the manager asked everyone in the dressing room if anyone has anything to say. It was quiet. Then his assistant, Kevin Keen, spoke and blasted the team for a very poor performance.

“Then (Keen) finished. ‘Anyone else?’ There was nothing and then I said: ‘Yeah, I want to say something.’ I said: ‘I’m not sure if I’ll have an opportunity again to speak with my team-mates, because I will probably be sold this summer. I want to apologise to Steve (Clarke) for, in his first year as a coach, having to deal with more issues outside of football than he should. But when he took over the job he knew what issues we have in the group and those were reasons why I wanted to leave.’

“And then I just asked a few players why I was the only one they used specific language to in situations and behaved in a way only to me. I only asked. After the players, I said to the doctor: ‘You know me very well, my character and my dedication to football, I’m not a prima donna, you inject me all the time. You were very wrong to let Roy (Hodgson) say (what he did about me).’ And I said to the goalkeeper trainer, Dean (Kiely): ‘I don’t know what your problem was since the beginning of me being in this club.’ I said if it was the same words and actions towards everyone, no problem. But if it’s only towards me, it’s personal.”

 
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