Hammers flop Benni McCarthy has no regrets that he joined West Ham.
Speaking to Four Four Two magazine McCarthy, who is now doing some coaching at Scottish club Hamilton, said: “No, I have no regrets. West Ham is a great club with fantastic fans. I was going to join them from Porto in 2005. Everything had been agreed and I was even in London sitting at Upton Park, ready to sign for Alan Pardew. Porto just needed to fax confirmation. Instead they faxed they didn’t want to sell me.”
Purchased for £2.5m by Zola from Blackburn the Hammers eventually agreed to pay McCarthy off £1.5 million to terminate his contract. During his 16 months he made only 14 appearances, failed to score a single goal and was fined £200,000 for failing to lose weight.
On his departure Karren Brady used her newspaper column to dismiss him as a “big fat mistake” and said he had cost the club more than £5 million. She wrote that McCarthy had apologised and hugged her when he left and that she had “no hard feelings” – but also labelled him “a player devoted to filling his belly more than filling the net”. Asked about Brady’s comments, McCarthy said: “It makes me want to throw up. There’s the devil with a set of tits.”
Brady later rebuked “at least i’m supposed to have tits”