Peterborough owner and club chairman Darragh MacAnthony is an open and honest man on social media with Posh fans, indeed when talking with fans of other clubs.
Over on his personal Twitter feed, MacAnthony is engaging, open and patient with fans asking him questions about just who the club are looking at, or who other clubs are wanting from the Posh.
On the following video, MacAnthony discusses the Marcus Maddison saga and gives crystal-clear insight into just what went wrong with the deal that saw him left out of Peterborough’s pre-season trip to Portugal.
At around the 7:50 mark of the video, MacAnthony is asked about the Maddison situation that saw the prolific provider left back in Blighty and he is only too willing to fill fans in on the situation.
Explaining why Maddison was left in England, MacAnthony said: “The reason he wasn’t brought to Portugal was it was a lot closer to the stage where [a deal was beckoning]…everyone knows last year Marcus was going to be out of contract so I managed to convince him to sign a new deal. Part of that new deal was that if we got promoted there would be no release clause, he’d be on a three-year deal.”
MacAnthony went on to say of the structured deal for Maddison: “If we stayed in League One and he gave it his best and he had a very good season, there was a release clause put in his contract. Unfortunately it was £2.5m, it was very cheap. Marcus is worth a lot more but, to get him to sign that new deal or otherwise we would’ve lost him and I felt we’d go up.”
Expanding on the breakdown of the deal that left Maddison at home and not on the Portugal pre-season, MacAnthony said: “Basically two clubs have come in on the release clause, what they haven’t met is the staged payments. They wanted to pay them over four years. I’m OK with clubs doing deals and paying over a year or two, we buy players like that. But four years for such a cheap release clause, I just felt no!”
MacAnthony goes on to say that the club had agreed terms but lost out on a player they were selling, an instance that upset the whole apple cart involving the advanced transfer. This left Marcus Madison, expecting a medical, a bit bedraggled and left back in England.
To date, that’s how the situation is and the next two weeks will tell just where Marcus Maddison’s future lies in football.