West Ham musings by Pete May, author of Hammers in the Heart, West Ham:Irons in the Soul and Flying So High:West Ham's Cup Finals.
Wednesday, March 18
Anarchy in the UK
West Ham got it spot on in the club statement: "As a club we will strongly resist any attempts to prolong this matter through the courts both to protect our interests and those of the wider game. There is a lot more at stake than the finances of West Ham United and we will do all we can to stop this matter ending in a form of legal anarchy."
Surely any money owed to the players should come from Sheffield United's pay-out? The Guardian has a list of 20 players who might claim today. Does anyone think that the likes of Alan Quinn, Christian Nade and Nick Montgomery would have had lengthy careers in the Premier League? Will handsome Paddy Kenny be sueing over lost image rights?
And now good old Ken Bates, the most popular chairman in football, wants his cut as Sheffield United paid less for players signed from Leeds after relegation. And we all know where he can stick both his blue flag and his white one…