Bonds: “DS ‘I’m sorry’ comment very strange”


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By Hugh Southon

West Ham legend Billy Bonds has admitted that co-chairman David Sullivan’s apology to the fans for a disappointing season “is very strange.”

And he found it even “odder” that he should have chosen the club’s upbeat annual awards dinner to admit that at times “it made me cry.”

Sullivan had guests choking on their starters when making his since well publicised comments at the Grosvenor House on Tuesday evening.

And in an exclusive interview with ClaretandHugh ‘Bonzo’ said: “It’s a funny thing to say at any time never mind at an evening like that.

“You would have to say that if you were the manager you’d have to be a bit worried. You would hardly expect something like that to be said publicly.

“Yes, I think it’s strange and quite worrying from the manager’s point of view. It’s not the most positive thing to hear is it?”

Bonds added that he was delighted the Hammers had retained their Premier League status and said: “Sam Allardyce has done what he was brought in to do – get promotion and keep them up.

“But to be honest the football is often dull to watch and the fans have the right to react as they please.

“They are paying huge amounts of money for the privilege of watching and they made their feelings known in my day so they have  as much right to do so now don’t they.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • spyinthesky says:

    Well DS seems to have changed his mind then. In his Christmas message from Sullivan Towers he was lecturing us what a wonderful year it had been though judging by the presents under the tree it probably had been for him and junior. Yet barely 4 months later its all doom and gloom, perhaps the news takes a while to reach the dinner table down his way, a long walk perhaps from the front door for the butler with the post perhaps. I understand he is consoled by the news from Germany that Mr Chamberlain has brought with him mind. Hold the front page.

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