The desperation to stay in the Premiership plumbed new depths with the news that several struggling clubs were considering legal action over the West Ham and Carlos Tevez affair. This is more of the same. All of a sudden beleaguered Chairmen and managers have another straw at which to grasp. Surely the Tevez (and Mascherano) deal requires West Ham to be docked points? And in passing and by pure coincidence relegating them and saving Wigan, Fulham and Sheffield United. Too late, alas, for poor Charlton.
The light is switched back on. All of their problems this season can be laid at hte blame of one footballer who didn’t want to play for West Ham and went to Liverpool, and another who is admittedly very good but who has had little critical impact until the last few matches. Funny that West Ham’s resurgence conincided with the whole team starting to play the Curbishley way. This is overlooked by the strugglers who all forget that you only play West Ham twice. Still, doesn’t stop the blinkered gazing to Upton Park to lay blame as opposed to the ground at their feet.
I find this whole saga rather pathetic. None of these clubs would give a monkeys if they were safe from the drop. None of them raised a legal eyebrow at the start of the season. It’s like school boys moaning that it isn’t fair having not consulted the rules. Rules, incidentally, that they agreed on themselves. All of them have missed the point. Only Wigan manager, Paul Jewell sees it how it is. It’s nothing to do with Carlos Tevez, he said, in summary. It’s to do with us (Wigan) not playing well enough and winning enough games throughout the whole of the season. Well said from the only man to come out of this thing with any credit in the discordant chorus of whining and crying from other allegedly grown men.