Monday, 26 April 2010
Zola Is Going In The Summer! And So Is Diamanti! And So Are Others!
Very interesting to hear Gold on Radio 5 Live. He chose his words carefully, very carefully! On the subject of Zola, he said that he wanted him to stay and that Zola had met his "brief" but he reminded everybody of the six straight defeats and how that nearly became seven at Everton. He also said that "nothing was certain" in football, however, and suggested that, after being to hell and back, Zola might fancy a "sabbatical".
A deal has been done, probably after the Stoke game. Zola is being allowed to leave with his dignity intact and West Ham are saving on the compensation. How Clarke responds is probably still uncertain, which explains why Gold is avoiding any allegations of trying to force the pair out. One constructive dismissal claim in 12 months is enough for any hard up club!
It was also interesting to hear that Gold "wants" to retain his top players but again that this may not be within his power because some players may want to leave or "go back to their home countries". That's Diamanti off then, and there was also talk by Sullivan, a while ago, of not wanting to chase after image rights payments should a player go back to France - I thought that was Faubert at the time but it is beginning to look as if it was Ilunga. That would explain, perhaps, why Diamanti and Ilunga have not been playing.
Gold also said that running a football club was "not brain surgery" - you just have to reduce your costs and increase your revenue! So, that's goodbye to all the high salaried players then! Expect a revolving door to be installed into the foyer of the Boleyn Ground over the next couple of weeks!
Posted by Hammersfan at 18:40