Brady: FIFA Ignoring Us

Karren Brady has revealed that Brescia are yet to pay any of the fees that prompted West Ham’s request to suspend former striker Alessandro Diamanti’s registration.

Brady speaking in Saturday’s edition of The Sun revealed that the Serie B club still owe United instalments worth around £1.5million.

Brady also hit out at the game’s ruling body FIFA, who she claimed had effectively ignored West Ham United’s request for intervention into the case that has dragged on for several months.

“Chasing your money in Europe is hard work,” she said. “£450,000 has been due for so long we’ve been in touch with the Italian federation and FIFA to impose some kind of sanction, but the money still isn’t immediately forthcoming.

“Another million plus is due next week and there’s still no sign of the first payment. FIFA have done nothing more than yawn.

“It isn’t as if Brescia don’t have the funds. They have just sold the Italian international to Bologna. In England, our leagues would be down on us like a ton of Mike Ashleys.”

Nice to know FIFA are looking out for the little guy!

Parker Slaps In Transfer Request

Scott Parker slapped in a transfer request in order to push through his move to Tottenham ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.

The midfielder claimed he had to leave West Ham in order to continue being involved with the England squad, although he has been picked for two consecutive England squads as a West Ham player in The Championship. Sounds like an excuse to me Scotty! Just say you want to leave rather than come out with some England nonsense when your already in the squad and Mr. Capello has stated he will continue to pick you!

“I have had a fantastic four years at West Ham United and will never forget all the support I have had from the fans and everyone associated with the club,” he told whufc.com.

“The manager and board have tried hard to convince me to stay but at this stage in my career, I need to be playing in the Premier League, especially now that I am involved with England.

“I hope the fans will understand and respect my decision and I wish the club every success in their fight for promotion this season.”

Not the best time to go to our bitter North London rivals when we are embroiled in a bitter dispute with them!

Sam Baldock Signs

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of striker Sam Baldock from MK Dons.

The 22-year-old striker put pen to paper on a four-year deal, with an option for a fifth year following a successful medical that took place earlier in the day.

Baldock, who has been in fine goal scoring form for The Dons could just be our new Tony Cottee. When I have seen him play he looks lively and sharp and always sniffing out a chance, he could be the perfect foil for Carlton Cole. I have always been a fan of little man big man strike partnerships.

“I am pleased to be here,” he told whufc.com. “I am just excited to be coming to such a great club, caked in so much history. I just want to hit the ground running.

“I want to show [the fans] what I can do and hopefully everyone will be proud of me.”

Southampton came in at the death with a bid apparently to land Baldock, but West Ham won the race and are thought to have paid around £2million to secure his services, although the exact figure remains undisclosed.

Hammers Cleared

Tottenham’s attempts to throw a spanner in the works over West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium have been proved futile, after it was announced that the decision to award use of the Olympic Stadium to United has been upheld.

Independent investigators were called in after a newspaper accused West Ham of corruption due to personal links between an employee of the club and a member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC). Although it was Tottenham who used debatable means to gather this information! I can see this one going on and on.

However forensic accountants acting on behalf of investigators Moore Stephens have concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that the relationship had any bearing on the decision to award use of the £500million stadium to West Ham post the 2012 games.

Tottenham, who are set to continue with their request for a judicial review – despite both this and a previous investigation commissioned by West Ham into the affair having returned ‘no evidence’ verdicts – take their case to the High Court this Wednesday.

Does anyone else just wish they would let it go?!

Brady Has A Dig!

Reading the current bun (The Sun Newspaper) this morning, I noticed that the lovely Karen Brady took the time to dig out two of our former players.

She had a pop at both Benni ‘I Ate All The Pies’ McCarthy and ex skipper Matthew Upson. Upson being someone she has had words with in the past in their Birmingham City days.

She had a glowing report for new captain Kevin Nolan and how he has begun his career at Upton Park, Brady said:

“These days footballers are so well rewarded there’s an impression that they’re all overpaid, under-employed, out-of-touch clubbers.

“It isn’t true, anyway, but in Nolan’s case it’s slander in the first degree. I also respect him for insisting that he writes his own comments on our fans’ website. Now that is unusual.”

The biggest dig was saved for South African short buster Benni McCarthy, commenting on Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips body fat count of 8.6 per cent, Brady said: “I had a player once whose body fat was three times that. Altogether he cost West Ham about £5million and he didn’t score once. Answers please on a postcard!”

Saucer of milk for Brady!! In this case though I think she is on the money, I have seen people at Weight Watchers in better shape than our Benni!!

Watford 0 – 4 West Ham United

West Ham had a wonderful victory against Watford at Vicarage Road tonight, running out four nil winners in a very professional performance.

Sam Allardyce’s team enjoyed a first back-to-back away wins since 2007 in tonight’s Championship clash.

The signs were good for The Hammers in as early as the third minute when centre-half James Tomkins pounced on Matty Taylor’s corner to direct a powerful header beyond Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach.

The second goal came with half time rapidly approaching, right back O’Brien sprinted past half the Watford team before firing beyond Loach at the second attempt after the Hornets keeper had pummelled away his initial effort.

Carlton Cole added another when he converted an Ilunga cutback from close range. Finally, Scott Parker completed the rout for the Hammers with a tidy finish to send the Hammers into third place in the league.

I am not used to seeing such a professional performance from the boys, especially on the road so long may it continue.

West Ham Keen To Sell Parker

Another week and still no takers for Scott Parker! The club are keen to get Parker moved on and recoup as much of the £7 million paid to to Newcastle for his services as they can.

The failure to offload Parker is thought to be a major cause for concern for the club considering the player is rumoured to be earning in the region of £60,000 per week.

I personally think clubs are running the clock down until deadline day to sneak a bargain! I can’t see past Tottenham for his eventual destination.

On Saturday, Karren Brady confirmed that the club needed to part with some players in order to balance the books.

“No one has embarked on negotiations for one of our three England squad players,” she said in her tabloid columm, adding: “We need to sell for our accounts – but not desperately.”

Parker’s body language is indicative of his desire to leave the club with whom he happily signed a five-year contract last autumn, just watching him not celebrating scoring goals or his team mates scoring is ample enough proof he no longer wants to be at West Ham.

Having put in two very mediocre performances in the games versus Cardiff and Doncaster many have questioned his commitment to the club.

Pottsy Back In The Fold

Steve Potts has returned to West Ham to take up a coaching role.

The former Irons centre half, now 44 – can you believe it, seems like yesterday he was running out for the team – made 399 first team appearances for West Ham between 1985 and 2002. He has joined the Academy coaching team at Chadwell Heath where he will take control of the club’s under 16 squad on a part-time basis.

Pottsy famously scored just the one goal in his entire career at West Ham way back in 1990.

Unusually for a centre back Pottsy is only 5’8 but that did not stop him winning Hammer of The Year on two occasions.

Welcome back Steve!