When David Gold and David Sullivan bought West Ham, they dedicated quite a bit of press-time to hammering the previous regime for their financial mismanagement. In fairness, a lot of that was vindicated, ageing, injury-prone players on hefty wages has never been a winning combination.
But, then again, Gold and Sullivan might want to be careful of the windows in that glass house. David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nisteelroy – all high-profile players well past their best, all of whom would have commanded substantial and disproportionate wages, and all of whom the current ownership expressed a public interest in bringing to the club.
And now Rio Ferdinand…here are some quotes from Sam Allardyce:
If it’s at the end of the season and he hasn’t got a new contract and he is released by Manchester United, then we would be interested.
If he wants to live back in London eventually, which is where he comes from, which you know quite a few players want to do when they come to the end of their careers, that is an advantage for us.
It depends entirely on Rio or which other clubs might be interested in him.
Ok, so those quotes are from Allardyce rather than Gold or Sullivan, but for the manager to pass comment on the player there must have been a conversation between him and his boardroom.
West Ham need to stop this, because it’s all bluster – and any offer actually made would be fairly irresponsible. Think about how much Ferdinand would have to be paid, and then think about how much he’s actually capable of contributing at this stage of his career and how many games he would be able to take part in.
Isn’t this the very scenario which Gold and Sullivan raged against for so long?
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