Would the Parker acolytes like to suggest why Parker didn't start against Forest? I was in Egypt so I may have missed the fact that he was injured - although he was fit to play for England wasn't he? So, if he wasn't injured, why wasn't he in the team for the Forest game?
Well according to the Daily Mail (dangerous I know), manager Sam Allardyce felt he was not "mentally right to play" because of the negotiations that were ongoing with Tottenham. Interesting. So Scott was mentally right to play the morning after his beloved father died - and how he was applauded for that - but when it came to a farewell game for the West Ham fans who have adored him for the past three years, Scotty wasn't up for it.
But why? Might it be that he wasn't willing to risk injury? Might it be that the move to Spurs meant so much to him that he wasn't willing to play, even though the club was still paying him £83,000 per week and even though promotion could eventually be decided by the margin of the three points at stake in the Forest game? Could it be that Parker was doing a Defoe and that Doctor Evil saw that he was coasting until he got his move? Perish the thought.
Tell me, did you refuse to work in the last week before you changed jobs? I didn't. Or did your boss give you the week off because he didn't trust you to try? Mine didn't. Tell me, did Reo-Coker turn out for that crucial game at Old Trafford that saw us escape relegation even though he was on his way out? Check the team sheet!
But Parker is the good guy, Parker is Mr 100%. Parker gave his all for the cause. Except at the end of last season and the beginning of this of course. I told you in August 2010 that he was on his way to Spurs but you wouldn't have it. The truth hurts doesn't it?