Former Hammer’s life became so depressed at club


Former Hammer’s life became so depressed at club

By Hughie Southon

Andy Carroll was the ultimate marmite figure at West Ham but the former Hammers life became so depressed at the club

Although regularly injured and abused widely at times didn’t stop him scoring 33 league goal in 88 games and there could have been many more but for spending so much time in the sick room.

Signed initially on loan before making the move permanent, he was Sam Allardyce’s answer to our goal scoring efforts and, at his best, was a site to behold after his Newcastle years.

He appeared to settle in the south very well indeed and married Essex girl Billi Mucklow which again saw him becoming a natural part of the community around the area.

But he has now revealed – since moving to French club Amiens from Reading – that all was certainly not sweetness and light towards the end of his Hammers career.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail he makes it clear that he thoroughly enjoyed his time at the Hammers before he started to “fall out of love with everything” and even wanting to stay inside his home.

He says things were being made up about his life and that he was very unhappy  about a drug chant sung by some of our fans.

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He said: “I was settled at West Ham. I loved my time there, living with my wife and my kids. The last two years maybe got a bit stale because I was injured and nothing really went my way, but at West Ham I was happy

“People were making up stories about me and the media were getting hold of it. It was coming on me all the time. This happened, this happened and then it was:, “Andy Carroll’s on drugs” and they’re singing a song about me. The people close to me know that I don’t take drugs and never took drugs.

“I wasn’t injured because I wanted to be injured! At West Ham I had a moment where I just fell out of love with everything. I was so depressed. I didn’t leave the house, had to wear a hat if I did. Wouldn’t go out for dinner, lunch, anything. I just hated everything and everyone.

“I was getting abuse for being injured. It all come together and I’d had enough. I had to speak to people. I still speak to them now, if I’m honest. I went through mad times in my head. Thought about quitting, I was done with it all.

“Everywhere I went I had a hat on. I wouldn’t go anywhere without a hat. I’ve got so many hats in my house and I don’t even like wearing hats! I’ve probably got one for every day of the year.”

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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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