Oumar Niasse gave a frank interview about his time with ex-Everton manager Ronald Koeman and talks about what most people don’t know.
French-speaking journalist Claude Atcheba had an exclusive interview with Niasse and discussed how cold and aloof the Dutchman is, who never connected with the players.
Niasse talks how he was relegated to the Under-23s and told to find another club, stripped him off of his locker, his squad number.
The striker eventually joined Hull City during the January transfer window and scored five times as they made a valiant attempt to avoid relegations.
“I didn’t ask for an explanation,” Niasse replied when asked if his former manager had explained his reasons for dismissing him so readily. “Honestly, because he made his choice. If he decided it was going to be like this, I didn’t ask for an explanation.
“He told me, ‘I didn’t want you. You are not good, that’s all.’ I said, ‘Okay, thank you.’
“He took my stuff out of the first-team dressing room. He sent me to the Under-21s. Even with the U21s, I didn’t have a locker.
“He was difficult. He took away my shirt number and gave it to another player. He told me: ‘You don’t eat with us. You are going to eat with the U21s.’ A lot of things happened even beyond that.
“I was coming to have some treatment. They told me, ‘you have to wait.’ Things like that, to see if I was going to give up, to push me to the edge, like you said. But things like that don’t affect me. They did that, I smiled and left.
“I didn’t embarrass myself. In some ways, nobody disrespected me but on some occasions they wanted me to react negatively but I didn’t react.
“I said he hurt me, but I hurt him, too because he wanted to show to people that I was going to lose it and do something stupid. But I told him, ‘you are not able to get to me.”
Hull City weren’t able to preserve their Premier League stats which meant that they weren’t able to activate a clause in the loan deal and they were not able to buy Niasse for £10 million.
The striker was also not able to move to Crystal Palace during the summer, which made him stay with Koeman especially after the ex-manager failed to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Koeman was forced to eat his words by placing Niasse back into the first team which the former Lokomotiv Moscow man took advantage.
With the new manager now with Everton, most are hoping that Niasse will get the necessary credit he deserves without anyone pulling him down again.