Once again, we see how stupidly our cub has been run. Offered the chance of Premiership football and the opportunity to press his England claims, Carlton has said bugger off because it would involve a drop in his wages. Let's just repeat that. West Ham are in a mountain of debt and languishing in the N Power whilst Stoke are resident in the Prem, looking forward to a season in Europe and in rude financial health, but Carlton will be earning more if he stays at Upton Park than if he joins the Pulis revolution in the Piss Potteries.
It's absolutely bloody crazy. And because of this mismanagement - which also sees us considering a loan deal for Parker because not even Chelsea want to take on his absurd wages for the next four years - we cannot reshape the team to Doctor Evil's liking.
Of course there were two other stumbling blocks. Why would anybody in his right mind move from London to Stoke? Unless, of course, he was doing a runner from his bookies! Stoke is a shit hole.
And then there was Stoke's insistence that Cole's bonus be based on goals scored. "Goals?" Carlton asked, "What are those?"