Sakiri hopes raised
Oct 31 2004
Albion outcast Artim Sakiri hopes to come back in from the cold
following the axing of Gary Megson this week.
The Macedonia skipper, who failed to woo Megson despite a six-month
chase for his signature, this week pleaded to be sent out on loan after been
frozen out of the first team.
According to Sakiri's advisors, however, those plans have been put on
ice with the arrival of a new manager imminent.
"Nobody likes to see anyone lose their job but, from a selfish point
of view, Gary Megson's departure has given Artim a fresh chance to have a
career at West Bromwich Albion," said his agent, Jon Hassell.
"He's 31 years old and captain of his national team. Playing for West
Brom's reserve team or any reserve team is not good for him.
"I know people might say it's only Macedonia but he has 65 caps and
it's strange that he isn't playing first- team football.
"That may change, as could his desire to move away from the Hawthorns
with a new manager about to come.
"It obviously depends who comes in and whether they fancy him or not
as a player.
"But at least he has got a fresh chance to prove himself now."
Sakiri has refused to kick up a stink despite being handed just six
competitive league starts last season.
And he will continue to play it cool, regardless of who steps into the
"Artim is not the kind of guy to go looking for a confrontation or to
go shouting his mouth off," said Hassell.