Carlton Cole seemed visibly touched by the response of Hammers fans welcoming him back to the Boleyn ground on Sunday afternoon. The 31 year old veteran striker showed his appreciation as he warmed up along the touch lines close the West and Sir Trevor Brooking stands with 16 year old Reece Oxford.
Hammers fans broke into spontaneous applause for the loyal Hammer after he was denied his move at the last minute to West Bromwich Albion on transfer deadline day. Fans also broke into several choruses of his Cole’s Always believe in your soul, Your indestructible, Always believe in, Carlton Cole song.
On Friday Allardyce confirmed in his London Standard column “I really did feel for the boy but it was a necessity based on what hadn’t happened earlier. David Sullivan and I had recognised he needed to go but circumstances dictated otherwise. It has been reported that Carlton had a rant at me on the phone and that was right. There’s nothing wrong with that — he was entitled to give us a b*****king. He’d just been offered a long-term deal at West Brom while his contract with us is up this summer and he doesn’t know whether he will be given another one.”