Magilton's Secret Meeting Splits Dressing Room

Last updated : 18 December 2008 By Site Editor
According to the Reports in this morning's local press, Magilton held a meeting with favoured players Gareth McAuley, David Norris, Richard Wright, David Wright, Veliche Shumulikoski, Owen Garvan, Jon Walters and Shane Supple prior to the East Anglian Derby.

It's said that the the players invited to such team meeting, have been told that the club will be built around them in the future and they were intergral to the clubs fortunes. A move which has angered several senior players who were not invited to such meeting.

A senior player who was not invited and did not wish to be named told the EADT: "It was supposed to go ahead without the others knowing. They were told not to say anything about it but some of the players who went along weren't comfortable with it and spoke about it afterwards.

"The gaffer apparently told the group they were the players he envisaged being the backbone of his team and having a long-term future with him."

When asked about the meeting, Magilton admitted a meeting took place: "I did speak to some of my players in a meeting a few days before the Norwich game but it was nothing unusual.

"I'm not going into detail about what was said other than we discussed the ambitions and aims of this football club, just as I have done with other players before and since, both in groups and as individuals.

"There's no more to it than that and holding meetings with players, whether it be one player, five players or 25 players is something I will continue to do in the future as well."

The news of a dressing room split increases the pressure on manager Magilton, who has faced increasing calls to resign from Town fans over recent weeks, it remains to be seen how much more Town owner Marcus Evans is willing to back Magilton as calls for him to be relieved of his duties continue to increase.