Of course, Green has to say positive things about the Hoops; but he has to say positive things about West Ham too. That's the way its done unless there has been a huge spat. So why bother to report Green's "thanks" to the fans?
For what it is worth, I have translated Green's words so that his tongue is no longer forked!
"I would like to thank West Ham fans. They have been great. Even though we were relegated during my time at the club, after a miserable season of struggle the year before, and even though we spent a season in the old Second Division, the fans kept pouring through the turn stiles, paying their hard earned wages into my bank account, via the club."
"Sadly, what they were paying me - £40,000 per week according to most estimates - was not enough. However, I would like to thank every one of those fans whose wages have given me a wonderful lifestyle and a financially secure future."
"I do trust that West Ham fans will understand that I had no choice other than to move given QPR are paying me £10,000 a week more than West Ham. That speaks volumes for the ambition of QPR and, although they narrowly missed relegation last season, that sort of ambition talks!"
"Sadly Spurs never came in for me as I suspect they would have paid me even more. I had also hoped that Chelsea might see me as the perfect number 2 for Cech as that would have been a great money spinner, but they didn't fancy me either."
"Never mind, I'm looking forward to my time at QPR. Who wouldn't when you are being paid £50k per week?"