Sullivan has tried to justify the parsimonious attitude to new signings by explaining that money is still owed to Shafting United to compensate them for being shit and getting relegated. They have had £15m already and there's another £10m to be paid over the next 12 months.
Now from a West Ham point of view, the Davids knew what they were taking on when they bought the club so this bleating about the Tevez settlement doesn't wash. Of course Duxbury was a bloody fool to agree it, but it wasn't a secret, and no matter what the debt is, we are now going forwards, not looking back. £10m is a lot of money to you and me, but it is a drop in the ocean when you look at the mega money paid to clubs in the Prem, money that will be sacrificed if you drop out of the division. To put things into perspective, we will have saved nearly £8m by not paying Upson and Parker last season!
But the big question is, what are Shafting United doing with the money? We were relegated and invested to win automatic promotion, using the parachute payment system to ensure we were one of the best three teams in the division. The Blunted Blades had that parachute payment plus our money and what's happened? They dropped down another division and stayed there!
What this proves, of course, is that Sheffield United's relegation had nothing to do with Tevez. Sheffield United were relegated because they were shit. Tevez didn't take any points off of Warnock's Wallies but they still couldn't finish above Wigan and Fulham. Had we finished fourth from bottom, perhaps there might have been an argument, but the opportunity was there for survival, irrespective of what we did; and Sheffield United blew it.
This is karma in its purest form. If we were guilty of wrong doing - and for me it was all a stupid technicality - then we have paid the price with knobs on. The Icelandic bank fiasco and our subsequent relegation is surely punishment enough. We have done our stint in Purgatory. But for the Blades, the torture goes on, burning in the furnaces of their own making. The club has gone to hell, and I, for one, would shed no tears if they never return!