Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Dear Mr Sullivan,
I am writing to tender my resignation after working for West Ham United FC for the last 30 years. You have not met me and probably do not know my name. I operate the turnstiles on match days and am paid an hourly rate only marginally above the minimum wage. I do my job well, endeavouring to get fans through the turnstile as quickly as possible and with the minimum of fuss.
I am tendering my resignation because of my disappointment at your comments today. Whilst I have sympathy with the view that players such as Kieron Dyer and Luis Boa-Morte are overpaid, I feel that you were insensitive when claiming that everybody at the club was being paid too much. There are many, like myself, who do a good job for very modest wages. We work because we have to, but we work for West Ham because of our genuine love for the club. You have displayed complete ignorance of our worth by making your ill considered comments.
My departure will, no doubt, pass unnoticed, except by the fans who now know me by my first name after passing through my gate for every home game since 1980. However, should players such as Jack Collison, paid just £4,000 per week, or England star Carlton Cole take umbrage too, then the negative impact of your comments may be considerable.
So crass were your comments that I cannot help thinking that you may be engineering a situation where Mr Zola resigns and the high earning players submit transfer requests. You have already announced plans to sell Matt Upson and the stadium; are you perhaps hoping that Green, Behrami, Parker and Cole will all follow in the summer? I am only a humble turnstile operator but it seems to me that you may actually be in the process of asset stripping the club you have bought on the cheap.
I do hope I am wrong. Either way, I cannot afford to take a pay cut in the summer so have decided to take a Saturday job as a salesman with Barratt East London Ltd. It may be a coincidence of course, but when I was being interviewed, I noticed plans for a new development of apartments planned for an address in Green Street.
Posted by Hammersfan at 21:00