David Moyes commented a few weeks ago that he believed it would be far better if the winter transfer market was confined to a week or even a day as is the case in Italy.
And after the latest window I am totally in agreement with him after watching the media promote the worst fiction I can remember during my time in the game. It’s been shameful. I refer, of course, to the thoroughly disgraceful ‘Andy Carroll for Chelsea’ story that dominated the headlines for days on end. It wasn’t true when it fi rst emerged in The Sun and I had no hesitation in attempting to destroy it there and then on Claret and Hugh.
But no, unbelievably the remainder of the ‘press pack’ came along – including The Guardian for God’s sake – determined to jump on what they saw as a great story. It was never a great story. It was a non story of epic proportions. Yet despite the fact the striker was known to be injured, the media at large threw that out suggesting he was faking it by claiming scans had shown nothing. He wasn’t.
The story was promoted by agents looking to earn a few quid. They speak to us all. Difference is some choose to check their own sources before denying or confirming. Some media even managed to claim Chelsea wanted Carroll as a back up to Morata because he wasn’t getting game time at the London Stadium. So how does going to Stamford Bridge change his position? It doesn’t. He would still have been second string.
Over at Claret and Hugh, we consistently denied this shocker of a story. But others chose to stand by it, reinforce it and then use the injury – which was genuine from day one – as a reason why it didn’t work out. West Ham attracts a bigger focus than any other club in the transfer window and there is no denying that rumour upon rumour – at one time around 35 names had been associated with us – is unsettling and destabilising.
But this winter the Carroll garbage and all the rest has demonstrated that truth simply does a flier when January comes around. And a month of it is sickening – get it down to seven days as soon as possible please.