So, Big Gob has suddenly come over all confessional. He admits that we have a less than 50-50 chance of avoiding the drop and concedes that Parker and Hitz, who have release clauses in their contracts, will depart in the summer if we go down.
Now then, please explain the logic of retaining Parker in the light of this. Those protracted contract negotiations before Parker eventually put pen to paper just guaranteed that we paid him a king's ransom to stay, but gave him a knave's exit if we go down.
Mr West Ham? Cobblers! Mr Look After Myself more like! Of course, the Parker fans will explain again that he has been our best player all season, but to what avail exactly? We are currently second from bottom and I expect us to be propping up the entire division by the time we take to the field against Liverpool tomorrow. So how has retaining Parker helped?
Parker will leave, so will Hitz, and Upson, and Faubert, and Bridge, and Piquionne, and Cole, and Green - and that's just for starters. Any thought that we might regard our drop as a blip, a brief holiday in a division where we can win most of our games, has been knocked into the long grass by Sullivan admitting that our better players will leave. Will Tomkins, Ba and Noble join the exodus? God help us if they do!
So, we will have the stadium but we won't have a team to play in it! Never mind, we've paid Scotty £80k a week to keep us in the bottom three. There's value for you!