Anyone reading yesterday's newspapers might have been tempted to choke on their cornflakes. There were a couple of stories on the back of West Ham's unexpected win over Man Utd on Sunday.
In tabloid-speak the players had rallied some of the ‘under fire’ West Ham players such as captain and goalscorer Nigel Reo-Coker.
Reo-Coker might have scored the winner but he still got booed because some supporters believe he was behind the team’s poor performance.
It’s said that Reo-Coker fell out with previous manager Alan Pardew, who he believes denied him a move to a bigger club such as Arsenal or Man United.
Reo-Coker is just the latest example of the jumped-up little footballer who has one mediocre season and thinks he’s a world class footballer.
Where does the fault lie – probably with the agents, who pander to the egos of these players rather than giving them sensible advice?
In case of Reo-Coker, if a big club had really wanted him they would have bought him.
If Arsenal had meant to get him on transfer deadline day in August, as was the rumour, they would have got him.
The fact they didn’t has nothing to do with Alan Pardew, it was because either Arsenal decided he wasn’t good enough (and they’d be right) or West Ham wanted too much money.
Where the truth lies is probably somewhere in between.
But what does it highlight is the fake indignation and hypocrisy of the players – and some of the West Ham players are just the latest example.
If Reo-Coker carries on the road he’ll end up like Lee Bowyer.
Five years ago, when Leeds were flying high Bowyer was flying high and he looked like an England player.
He didn’t make it, and there wasn’t a queue of top clubs looking for his services in summer.
Why? Because in his ‘best’ days he let the fame go to his head, and believed all the people who talked him up.
What a generally loathsome collection of people this over-paid, averagely-talented collection of players are.
Would you want your son to be a Premiership player?
Lawrence Gosling is group editorial director at Incisive Media (publisher of IFAonline).
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