The return of Rio

RioWest Ham Academy Graduate Rio Ferdinand returns to the Boleyn Ground this Sunday in what maybe one of his biggest tests since leaving the Hammers 14 years ago for £18 million.

The former Hammer of year joined QPR over the summer on a one year contract although he was regularly linked with West Ham.

Many though the club would be suited by a last hurrah but instead he chose to finish his career with Harry.

However, I understand West Ham were never really that interested in him as they looked to build a younger squad.

With Diafra Sakho and strike partner Enner Valencia on fire he may face his toughest battle yet against a West Ham team.

At the grand old age of 35 we know he is not the world class centre back he was  but hopefully he won’t embarrass himself in front of his former club.

That said, his loss will be our gain and personally it difficult to see past a relegation dogfight for QPR this season. Relegation from the Premier League would inevitable cause the club financial ruin from Financial Fair Play fines in the Football League.

Personally, I would sooner have seen Rio go out on a high and gracefully retire after  his glittering career at Manchester United.

He can’t be short of a quid or two and can always fall back on TV commentating while he decides on a possible future coaching career. Who knows?

One day he could a future as a West Ham manager, in the mean time I won’t wish him the best of luck on Sunday but I hope he gets a good reception from the Hammers fans who once worshipped him.




About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “The return of Rio

  1. To be honest, I admire Rio, he could have retired gracefully as you said, but I feel he really loves to play and still has plenty to give. He could have come here to the USA for megabucks, but decided to stay in the Prem. i think it’s going to be a hard task keeping QPR up so he certainly didn’t choose and easy option.
    I hope he gets a great welcome on Sunday,

  2. I can’t see either Rio or rob green getting anything but a great reception apon their return Sunday.
    Having said that, I can’t see anything other than a resounding victory for the hammers! COYI!

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