Ruben Amorim Apologizes for West Ham Talks, Labels Them a “Mistake”

Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim has publicly apologized for engaging in talks with West Ham United, labeling the discussions as a “mistake” and acknowledging the lack of judgment in the timing of the meeting.

Amorim admitted to meeting with West Ham officials in London in April to discuss potentially succeeding David Moyes at the London Stadium. Despite informing Sporting Lisbon about the talks and asserting that there was no secrecy involved, Amorim expressed regret over the decision to engage with another club while serving as Sporting’s manager.

In a news conference with Portuguese media, Amorim emphasized the error in judgment, stating, “What is important to say is that it was obviously a mistake. The trip was a mistake, the timing was completely misjudged, which I did not see at the time. It was misjudged.”

The Portuguese tactician, who guided Sporting Lisbon to their first league title in 19 years during his inaugural full season in charge in 2022, expressed remorse for potentially unsettling the club’s supporters, staff, and players with his actions.

Acknowledging the gravity of his decision, particularly in light of his previous talks with Chelsea in 2022, Amorim stated, “I must ‘live with’ my decision to meet with West Ham, and I hope the Sporting supporters forgive me.”

Amid speculation surrounding David Moyes’ future at West Ham, Amorim’s apology underscores the complexities of managerial transitions and the importance of maintaining integrity and loyalty to one’s current club.

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