Oh dear, here we go then. There we were getting excited about the new season with expectations of £20m being spent to refashion the squad in order to cope with the demands of the Premiership and as the opening fixtures are announced, Gold condemns us to a relegation struggle.
According to Gold, we are aiming to bring in "two, three or maybe four players by the close of the window as we start off in the new season". Hopefully that is on top of Henderson and Jussi otherwise we are up shit creek without a paddle!
Maybe four players? Hang on, let's tot up how much they will cost Gold and Sullivan shall we? Diame is probably one and he is available on a free. And Guti is another perhaps and, surprise, surprise, he is available on a free too! That could be the "maybe two" unless a third and a fourth can be sourced free of charge!
You would have thought that the carrot of the new television deal would have triggered a rethink but it seems not. Green is going because his wage demands were too high and it looks like the purse strings are pulled ultra tight as these two West Ham fans plan to sell the stadium and pocket as much of the TV revenue as they possibly can. Happy days ahead it seems!