David Sullivan has been interviewed in the Daily Mirror today, and he has opened up about West Ham trying to get Andy Carroll to West Ham, initially on loan and then doing a permanent deal, and he has even admitted West Ham didn’t have the money, and it would have been difficult financially for them – so why did they still want to do it?
David Sullivan - Allardyce wanted to build team around Andy Carroll
The West Ham co-owner admits the deal was very expensive, and using some of his words below “It was a terribly expensive deal with the loan fee and with his wages, which were enormous – too much for a club like ours .”
So our question would be that if it was too much for them, why were they still willing to go ahead with the deal and put their club in financial danger?
That’s one way to get any club going towards bankruptcy – which recently happened to one of the greatest ever Scottish clubs – Rangers – so it happens to any club, if they are daft enough to continually spend money they just don’t have.
We continue to be amazed at the inept financial management of some football clubs - and surely they have to get real very quickly and start living within their means, before more clubs become bankrupt.
Here’s what David Sullivan said in the Mirror:
“I can only talk about this because it has been put in the public domain already.” “My manager wanted Andy Carroll, so we backed him.” “Andy was the perfect player for him and the style of football we play.”
“We play a lot of high balls, a lot of crosses – quite exciting football (in other words the big boot down the middle), not just humping it but clever crossing – and Sam wanted Jarvis to supply the crosses because he is a fantastic crosser.”
“We had a deal in place with Liverpool to borrow the player which automatically became a purchase if we stayed up.” “We hoped, as he had the same agent as our manager – a man we had done a lot of business with – and he was very friendly with Kevin Nolan, our captain, that Andy would want to come.”
“But he really wants to stay at Liverpool. He believes that he will get back into the side by his performances – coming off the bench or for the reserves. He believes the manager will have to put him back in the side.” “But it’s wrong to discuss what is in his mind.”
“Only he knows that.” “We were paying all of his wages and a huge loan fee. Newcastle didn’t even want to pay all of his wages.” “This is what we are led to believe. So Liverpool were not prepared to let him go to Newcastle. But it may all change. Who knows?”
“It was a terribly expensive deal with the loan fee and with his wages, which were enormous – too much for a club like ours .” “But, as the manager really wanted him, we were prepared to pay it.”
“Then there was a huge transfer fee which would have blown our budget for several years.” “So, as we buy players, the door shuts.”
“Newcastle didn’t even want to pay all of his wages” - David puts it as though it was a really poor show from Newcastle, but perhaps our club are not as daft financially as West Ham are – that’s closer to the truth.
David was the one who went into great detail last January, telling the world what was in Demba Ba’s contract, after Harry Redknapp had spilled the beans about that release clause, , and David said the striker would leave Newcastle this summer, just as soon as some club came in with the £7M offer to match the release clause.
I’m pleased to say Sullivan was completely wrong on that one.