Monday, 15 February 2010
For sale this summer: Upson, Parker, Green, Cole and Behrami
Apologies in advance for the headline, now let's see if I can justify it. One week on, and there is still the puzzle of why Sullivan made his 25% salary cut statement on the eve of the Birmingham game, only to retract it 24 hours later. Sullivan claims it was a masterstroke of motivation and others optimistically claim that Gold has slapped his co-owner down, pointing out the stupidity of Diddy David's remarks. However, there is another possibility.
Let's look closely at what Sullivan said when he made his retraction. I quote,
"As for reality, you cannot impose a 25% cut in players' wages, you cannot cut their wages at all. They have contracts, so it cannot happen, you simply cannot enforce it however much you would like to."
Now that is pretty obvious, so why exactly did Sullivan appear to say the opposite 24 hours earlier? Well, in recent days there have been stories about offers pending for Behrami and Cole. Sullivan has already admitted that Upson will be sold to the highest bidder, whilst Green's hopes of an improved contract appear to have been quashed, making his departure almost certain. And the connection?
Well if the wage bill HAS to be cut by 25%, and you cannot reduce the wages of the players under contract, what do you do? Yes Einstein, you sell your top wage earners, solving the problem at a stroke!
And when it happens, of course, you put the blame at the door of the previous owners and the refusal of the players concerned to accept the proposed wage cuts! Sullivan comes out and says that this was the last thing he wanted to do, but he was left with no choice. He reminds us that he proposed a wage cut; he tells us again about the financial time bomb he discovered when he completed the purchase of the club; he talks about the selfishness of the players concerned, revealed when they rejected extended contracts on reduced wages; he protests, "We were offering them more money in the long run but they were only interested in short term greed"!
"What choice did we have?", Sullivan will ask, pointing to Mido's willingness to commit his future to the club for a fraction of the wages being offered to Cole. "Of course we are sorry to lose these players but the survival of the club was at stake."
It may not happen, but the scenario makes sense doesn't it?
Posted by Hammersfan at 21:00