How the not so mighty have fallen! I admit to defending Anton when he was a West Ham player but I couldn't believe what Blunderland paid for him, and it remains hugely ironic that Curbishley walked because the Board pocketed absurd amounts of dosh from the sale of Pug and McCartney. Nani was clueless when it came to recruitment, but when it came to disposal, his record wasn't at all bad!
Anton's career went backwards fast at Sunderland, not helped by being played at right back, left back and in midfield, but that didn't stop QPR shelling out for him - but then QPR bought anything that could move didn't they? Or not move in the case of Green at corners!
Anton's first game under 'Arry's gaze saw him come on at Old Trafford with QPR on course for a shock result. As soon as his boots touched the turf, the Mancs scored before adding another two in the remaining minutes. I said then that Ferdinand would never play again for the Hula Hoops and I was almost right, with Redknapp quickly dispatching his turkey to Turkey. And now his inflated contract has been terminated with extreme prejudice.
And talking extreme prejudice, Anton will for ever be remembered for throwing his toys out of the pram when John Terry said something not very nice to him. Spying an opportunity to displace Terry from the England captaincy so big brother could wear the armband again, Ferdinand made a black pudding out of a little bad blood, and destroyed team England in the process. But why would the Ferdinands worry about that ahead of a major international championship?
So where now for Anton? An extended stay in Turkey perhaps? I'm sure Terry will be on the phone offering his condolences, calling it a "F***ing black day for English football" and pointing out that 'Arry might have made a mistake because football isn't a "F***ing black and white game" and expressing the hope that Redknapp will get a "F***ing black eye" for sacking Anton.
Any abiding memories of Anton in Claret and Blue, apart from that fantastic goal at Fulham?