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Some Class And Dignity Returns To Football

9:26 am, Friday, August 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Charlie Austin hit back at West Ham co-owner David Sullivan yesterday, after Sullivan had explained why the Hammers would not be bidding £15M for the QPR striker, and basically left the impression that Charlie’s knee could go at any time and he would be out of the game.

Charlie had failed a medical two years ago at Hull City, only a month or so before he signed on at QPR from Burnley.

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David Sullivan – co-Chairman of West Ham

As a reminder this is what Sullivan had said yesterday:

“Firstly, we haven’t got £15M to spend under the Fair Play rules.” “Secondly, he failed a medical at Hull a couple of years ago.”

“They say he has no ligaments in his knee, who knows? To sign a player for £15M is a big risk.” “He could go on for years, but knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that’s the end of it”

“If we had £100M to spend we may say ‘we’ll spend £15M and gamble one-sixth of our budget’.” “But it’s not one-sixth of our budget, it’d smash our budget to bits.”

“And he didn’t keep Queens Park Rangers up.” “If he’d kept them up single-handedly you might say it was different – and a few of those goals were penalties.”

“16 goals is still very good, but when we played QPR last year they had to win to stand any chance of staying up, and he wasn’t very good.”

Some of those comments about “knowing our luck” probably relate to Andy Carroll who West Ham paid big bucks for, and the Geordie is also on a massive wage at the Hammers.

Since he left Newcastle over four years ago, Andy has been injured an awful lot and is currently out until October with his latest long term injury.

Shortly after those comments circulated from Sullivan, Charlie himself hit back  on social media – and said this:

“I feel I have no option but to address the inaccurate, misleading and uninformed innuendo about my physical condition that has been raised today by an individual who is not privy to my personal health history.”

“It is one of a number of inaccurate reports about my so-called injury problems which have been made over the summer.”

“For the record, there is nothing wrong with my “ligaments”, as has been suggested.”

“My strength and performance in pre-season has been excellent and with two goals in my last two games I don’t think there is any doubt that my match sharpness is as good as ever.”

“I scored 18 goals in the Premier League last season, which would not be possible were I feeling discomfort or pain.”

“Like many professional footballers, I have the legacy of injuries picked up over my career but the effect on my day-to-day training and on matchday is non-existent.”

“For a senior figure at a Premier League club to insinuate that I could break down at any moment is an outrageous slur on my professionalism and the work that has gone into making me the footballer than I am today.

“I am fit, strong and looking forward to Saturday’s home game against Rotherham.”

We agree with Charlie – that is a slur by David Sullivan, and he had no right to make those comments,  but with social media gone seem to be the days when people were civil to each other.

That’s a good and mature response from Charlie Austin to Sullivan’s rather brash, uninformed and unfair statements on the state of Charlie’s knee.

It also doesn’t help Austin or QPR to sell their striker in the next 10 days.

Newcastle may not even need another striker brought in over the summer, given that defenders have to be the first priority.

But we’ve been impressed with Charlie’s professionalism and class he has shown over the last few months, as he awaits a possible move to a big club.

It cannot be easy for the recently married 26 year-old but one thing is for sure – he has a lot more class and dignity than David Sullivan.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Andy Carroll · Newcastle News · Other News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Robby-Zulu // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    I can’t believe the cheek some of these people have, do west ham not have a PR department to stop this sort of thing, your basically hindering a players career just to make an excuse to your own “fans”.

  • 2 Mag52 // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Laurent (previous post)

    Didn’t I say they won’t be prepared to admit it ?
    You know what Laurent, if when McClaren leaves NUFC he can boast of an average 11th. place finish in the premiership as AP achieved over his four years, even allowing for the ‘flashing of the cash’ by Ash. on transfers with the new regime, I’ll be delighted, but more than a little surprised.

  • 3 lochinvar // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Austin should just go and sue the hell out of Sullivan for slander.
    His comments damage Austin’s value and earrings capability and his reputation.
    Sullivan should be charged by the F.A. and the PFA should pursue the matter for his odious comments.

    If Austin didn’t have ligaments in his leg he would fall over.
    Last time I looked he was playing football.

  • 4 voodoo85 // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Personally dont see anything wrong with Sullivans comments, i can understand for a club with their track record of injured strikers, they wont want to spend £15m (apparently more than their FFP budget) on a striker who has failed a medical in the past.

  • 5 hibbit // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    i know a lot on here take great pleasure having a go at willo but the lad has only ever done his best that his best was not good enough was the clubs mistake not his it looks to me that the club still over value him even in the last year of his contract i sure he would do a good job for a lot of championship clubs at a realistic price ….forget about austin move on

  • 6 deeps // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Just saw Abdennour in Milan yesterday evening.. Wonder what’s going on..hmmm

  • 7 martoon // Aug 21, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    I’m not a fan of Sullivan but to be fair I believe he was speaking ‘off the cuff’ to a fans forum. It was a stupid thing to say about Austin’s ligaments but he is obviously hurting from the money they’ve wasted on Carroll and trying to emphasize they don’t want to make the same mistake again.

  • 8 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    This isn’t a news item
    It’s editorial thoughts from quite a respected German footy site

    http://www.goal.com/de/news/3642/editorial/2015/08/20/14601952/joel-matip-soll-schalker-bleiben-beidseitiges-interesse

    In it they note that Matip despite much pressure , still hasn’t signed his new contract , and there is still an offer on the table of €14 million from NUFC.

  • 9 voodoo85 // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Breaking down each paragraph:

    “Firstly, we haven’t got £15M to spend under the Fair Play rules.” “Secondly, he failed a medical at Hull a couple of years ago.”

    Thats fair enough, he says they haven’t got that much money and its true, Austin did fail a medical at Hull

    “They say he has no ligaments in his knee, who knows? To sign a player for £15M is a big risk.” “He could go on for years, but knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that’s the end of it”

    Perhaps the ligaments thing is a bit wrong to say without proof but he does caveat it by saying “who knows”. It is a risk to sign a player for £15m and its also true he could play on for years. He then comments that knowing their luck (with injured strikers) he will be injured in first match (thats an off the cuff comment we all make)

    “If we had £100M to spend we may say ‘we’ll spend £15M and gamble one-sixth of our budget’.” “But it’s not one-sixth of our budget, it’d smash our budget to bits.”

    Again, fair enough. You wouldn’t gamble your whole budget on one player. It would be less of a risk if they had more money

    “And he didn’t keep Queens Park Rangers up.” “If he’d kept them up single-handedly you might say it was different – and a few of those goals were penalties.”

    He didn’t keep QPR up – not that he would be expected to and some of his goals were penalties

    “16 goals is still very good, but when we played QPR last year they had to win to stand any chance of staying up, and he wasn’t very good.”

    Thats purely opinion on his part

  • 10 OneAlanShearer // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    From previous thread

    “@GFN_France: Jason Denayer agrees to join Marseille, clubs negotiating, according to L’Équipe goo.gl/0w2qfs”

    Might mean they need to sell a centre back…n’kolou or doria possibly

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    deeps

    Abdennour had gone to talk to Santon abt NUFC.

  • 12 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:40 AM

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  • 13 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    help

  • 14 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:45 AM

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  • 15 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 10:54 AM

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  • 16 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    http://emojipedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/72x72x1f606-microsoft-windows.png.pagespeed.ic._IkUATRWS4.png

  • 17 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    http://www.iemoji.com/view/emoji/1/people/smiling-face-with-open-mouth-and-smiling-eyes

  • 18 Jib // Aug 21, 2015 at 11:58 AM




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