Chris Maguire – A Case for the Defence
Last week Chris Maguire finally completed his widely predicted move away from Derby to Sheffield Wednesday. With little or no significant show of feeling from the Rams fanbase, the transfer, like his short Derby career ending up being a bit of a non event.
In a brief interview following the move, Maguire, not surprisingly, had a bit to say regarding his treatment during his year with the Rams. To be fair to him, I for one, had to agree he had a point.
The best comparison I can think of in recent history is probably Rob Earnshaw. Amongst a glut of new signings, Earnie didn’t make the first team cut at the start of the season and it just stayed that way. Even when we were desperate for something different, Earnie was nowhere to be seen. You can pretty much cut and paste that for Maguire.
Of the three games Maguire actually started two were probably our worst two collective team performances of the season (certainly at home) against Shrewsbury and Cardiff yet he still scored two goals. Add that to the three he scored in eleven for Pompey, multiply it by four and you can use Steve Davies logic to arrive at a twenty goal striker. Yet somehow Nigel seems gutted to lose Davies yet treats Maguire as though he ran over his cat and laughed about it.
Indeed there were various occasions last season where Maguire’s exclusion from the bench in favour of Bennett and/or Ball seemed almost spiteful.
Of course we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors and we know for a fact there was at least one altercation between manager and player. However, accepting, there are ways of means of doing things, surely any player in Maguires position is entitled to ask the question?
With a reported £200k loss on the deal, this was not one of Nigel’s best bits of work. Still there’s an early chance to recoup some of the loss by lumping on him for first goal when he returns to Pride Park on the first day of next season with Wednesday.