Hammers new man sent on ‘gardening leave’

West Ham’s new head of recruitment in waiting Tony Henry – having resigned as Sunderland’s chief scout – cannot start work with the Irons until November!
ClaretandHugh understands that Henry is on ‘gardening leave’ from the the Black Cats under the terms of a contract clause which states he must serve out a six month notice period.
The Hammers had  hoped to have him installed in time to take an active role in the summer transfer activity but ‘gardening leave’ will prohibit him from doing so.
The point of such a move is to ensure that clubs and firms are not harmed by new allegiances which could cause problems in a competitive market place.
It’s a blow for the Irons who were keen to get their new man involved in the current summer market.

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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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  • CT Peter says:

    My guess is that he will be available one day after the window closes. No point in Sunderland continuing to pay his wages then.

  • Bangkokbill says:

    So whats to stop him from “working from home” i take it he has an internet connection 🙂

  • SXHammer says:

    I thought the man we were chasing was the Everton Head Scout Henry?
    He has been prolific is forging links for Everton in Spain and bringing the Barcelona loanees like Deulofeu and now Tello to the Toffees…

  • SXHammer says:

    The Henry at Everton is linked with the Super Sports Agency GestiFute from Portugal so we should hopefully see some Americas/Iberian quality footballers come the Hammers way in due course…

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