New boss to decide Ginge’s future at West Ham


Everybody loves The Ginger Pete and everybody believes everything they want to believe. – that’s football

But if ever you needed convincing there was a  media campaign against the Hammers you need only look to the headlines of their coverage of the Collins e-mail gate affair – notably by the red tops.

It all arose because he had been informed by e mail that his contract had come to an end – not that he was necessarily out on his ear …simply that he was a free agent.

PL regulations demand that clubs inform them of such situations.

To claim this is the end of the line for Ginge and West Ham is inaccurate – his future depends on decisions made by the new manager which is always the case in these scenarios.

However, seemingly without checking, the red tops – reported the original TalkSPORT story which also failed to fill in the gaps.

The situation – we were told – was also explained to James verbally by the Irons and he was told there could be a role for him under a new boss.

At the same time we learned that the HMRC insists on ten years continuous service for it not to attract tax and in a double whammy, the cost of hiring the London Stadium might reach £500,000 while the club remains in dispute with E20 which could make it loss-making exercise.

Collins first stay at West Ham was 4 years and 3 months from 2005 to 2009 followed by his second stay between August 2012 and May 2018 adding another 5 years and 10 months.

It’s good to know however that Ginge may yet have a chance of serving the club he loves depending on (probably) what Mr Pellegrini decides.

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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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  • Crystal_Panther says:

    Perhaps if Sullivan and Brady didn’t behave they way they do they wouldn’t get so much bad publicity. But both court the media and don’t seem to realise that vast majority of people see through the PR spin…

    But then again had our glorious leader had not leant someone close to a million pounds who is tied up with police corruption and threats to journalists lives. Perhaps people might have some respect for the man.

  • The Demon says:

    I think there’s a chance you may have missed the irony of your post considering the first paragraph of the article ”everybody believes everything they want to believe” when you suddenly make references to another story!

  • No I didn’t miss the irony – it was deliberate but are u claiming they shouldn’t have complied with PL regulations and that a new manager shouldn’t make the decision? If you want to ring the PL I’ll give you the number. Nor did I SUDDENLY make a reference. It was the point of what I was saying.

  • crewehammer says:

    I reckon he’d play for nothing……….. Love the man!

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    I hope he does get a spot also, if our back is ever against the wall, Ginge’s name on the teamsheet makes me feel more positive that someone on the field is going to put their body on the line, true inspiration as a player COYI !!!

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