ClaretandHugh blogger John Moncur has spoken for the first time of his bitterness at seeing son George leave the club.
Moncur snr is delighted that new boss Slaven Bilic has given so many youngsters a chance in pre-season and culd be forgiven for believing things could have been so much different for his by under the new boss.
He believes his lad’s career as an Iron came to an end at the City Ground on Sunday January 5, 2014 when Sam Allardyce crazily chose to play a team of kids and was on the end of a 5-0 thrashing by Nottingham Forest.
Monc recalls his emotions perfectly and sums them up in three words: “I was gutted. He played nearly a whole team of kids when only two or three should have been involved.”
Speaking exclsuively to ClaretandHugh he said: “I don’t really need to say any more than that – everybody in football will tell you the same and George – after playing a not bad at all 45 minutes – saw his career as a Hammer ended that afternoon. Yeah you can say I was bitter.
“The boy had been at West Ham since he was nine years old, his Dad had played for the club. His life was centred on becoming a star with West Ham and it was ll over – just like that.
“He carried scars for a while and got a fresh chance with Colchester where he scored 10 goals out of midfield last season and I really hope and pray he has a career in the game.
“They’ve got Blackpool this afternoon where Allardyce’s Number Two from West Ham, Neil McDonald is manager so I hope he shows him how wrong it was to get rid of him.
“George wasn’t alone in suffering – Danny Potts left but proving his own oin point in America is Sebastian Lleteg – not good enough apparently but performing brilliantly in the MLS.”
Moncs added: “George would come back to the Irons like a shot and I just wish Slaven had been here last year because had that been the case I think George would still be here with a Hammers career ahead of him.”