West Brom outcast Peter Odemwingie today said the club must shoulder part of the blame for the meltdown in his relationship with the Hawthorns hierarchy.
On the day he was unveiled as a Cardiff player following his £2.5m deadline-day move from the Midlands, Odemwingie admitted responsibility for his part in the shambles of his aborted January move to QPR, a scenario that led to him being frozen out of Steve Clarke’s side.
But he also took a swipe at his former club, claiming he has joined a ‘stronger’ squad than the one that finished eighth last season.
He said: ‘I will take part of the responsibility, but if you have a relationship on one side claiming it is perfect, then that is impossible,” said the 32-year-old.
“We are all human beings and we all make mistakes and I believe mistakes were made by West Brom as well. We learn from that. West Brom fans are the most important. I am not against the whole club. I am a fan of a lot of people in the team, among the fans as well I still get a lot of positive words. I have never met one single West Brom fan face-to-face who has said anything nasty. I still love the club.”
Odemwingie also shed light on the lengths he went to repair his relationship with Baggies fans.
He said: “During my stay there, there were people I got to know more than others. There was a nice letter written to me by a fan who had two little boys. It touched me.
“I have two boys and you mean everything to them. I thought it would be good to invite them over because when I remember myself being seven years old, I could understand how the boys feel. The letter explained to me why the West Brom fans were hurt.
“There were a few things that went resolved and the club ignored them, so we were both hurt. I just wanted to move on.”
Odemwingie, Albion’s record Premier League marksman with 30 goals, also confirmed there were bids in for him from Stoke, West Ham, Swansea and Fulham.