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I get the sense that Green just wants to move on. If he's going to develop as a player he probably needs a change of scenery. He's a great keeper but with some obvious weaknesses.
And no harm done for us as it gives us a chance to get a veteran keeper in for next year with Henderson allowed to develop into our next regular.
We save money on salaries and develop our squad - Green gets a chance to improve his earnings - just when traditionally keepers hit their prime.
Happy all round.
Thanks for everything Robert and adieu.
The rumour doing the rounds 3 weeks ago was Malaga, who are in the Champions League and who now have Qatari owners.
Couldn't blame him really, could you?
If he's gone , good luck to him and thanks for 5 years or so of good service .
We were the first club to defeat Arsenal fc at their new home , Bobby Z got the goal , but Green that day, for 90 minutes, was the best in the world .
Not a likely option as Malaga already have a keeper who is at least as good as Green. Seems far more likely that he will leave us for 5k a week more at QPR. Seems a bit silly really seeing as he could have gone down as a real legend at our club
I can't help but feel a bit pissed off with him to be honest
All a little disappointing really. I always liked to think that he had a real affinity with the club and having seen us promoted he would stick around. We have plenty of time to find a replacement assuming Jussi is a back up.
He's probably been our most consistent performer over the past 5 seasons and has been paid an average squad age (around the same as benni mac and kovac I think?). He's well within his right to ask for decent wages and a hefty signing on fee IMO.
This. I could understand if he went abroad or ended up at a club in the CL, but to move to QPR for a few bob more would be stupid. Particularly as they are still amongst the favourites to go down, and probably will remain so come august unless they suddenly sign 10 new top class players.
I dont want to pot Rob Green, because i like him and hope he stays.
But you are right.
He came to WHU because we were the highest bidder and offered him the best terms
He resigned with us because we increased his contract and again was the best terms he could negotiate
We have honored every last cent of that contract, despite almost going into administration and being relegated.( Green has complained for 3 years about the contract he signed.)
We have never rejected a top club from coming in for him, we have never stopped him from taking a larger offer that was on the table.
WHU - has always been the best offer on the Table for Rob Green, until now and it looks like hes going to take it, (if its 5k a week more QPR, thats pretty poor, if its for a bigger club with more oppurtunties or a ridicolous pay day, then i wish him all the best)
I don't think you can call honoring your contract without any alternatives Loyalty if so Keiron Dyer is a loyal servant to West ham
Good player, great player, yes Loyal (we'll wait and see)
QPR are most in need of a keeper and have the money to pay for one.
I wouldn't be surprised if a bid comes in for the current Norwich keeper and Green goes back there.
He's stayed for five years, he's seen his contract out. It's up to him whether he moves on or not. I think WHU supporters can be proud of the way they championed him, particularly after the world cup howler and I suspect he was grateful but he's paid his dues.
Personally I would rather have Almunia than Jussi, but hey, I'm not the manager.
As he's on a Bosman he can expect a 2M+ signing fee imvho.
Cheap for whoever gets him and worth a few more quid a week on top of a pay raise. Maybe we didn't offer a big signing on bonus.
Or his agent wasn't the Ginger Harry Secombe.
Green's always struck me as pretty emotionless and a bit of loner when it comes to football.
But he's well up there with the best goalkeepers we've ever had and has done a decent stint at the club. If we could buy a better goalkeeper he'd be out in a blink without any complaint from supporters so I always find it a bit odd when fans get disappointed with players who have honoured their contracts, performed brilliantly and have short careers. It's the ones that try to engineer a move mid-contract that get my heckles up.
He seemed subdued during the Wembley celebrations, at times he looked like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Best of luck wherever you go next Greeno, the finest goalkeeper I have seen at West Ham in my lifetime
Be great if Greeno stayed, surely we can negotiate a deal that would keep him.
Its always a tad tricky to bed a new keeper in a team, especially a team just promoted. Its without doubt in our interest to offer him a decent deal.
I can't believe that anyone would give Green stick
Look at the ***** that has come in and gone on stupid wages; Llunberg, Dyer, McCarthy, Upson, Faubert etc. If he has been on 29k as widely reported then he has been grossly underpaid. Yes, he signed the contract, but only an idiot would expect him to be happy in his job when all around him players offering far less were picking up far more. Good management would have been to pre-empt his dissatisfaction and deal with it. To say "well he signed it so he should get on with it" shows the same sort of attitude that got us into a mess in the first place. He shouldn't be on 100k per week, but to bump him to up to 40k would have been money well spent. Loyalty works both ways.
If he goes to QPR on a 4 year deal on 5k per week more per week then good luck to him. He'll be a long time retired and that extra 600k (after tax) could be used for a lot of things.
He's always struck me as an intelligent, passionate, and principled bloke. Whether he stays or goes I will always look back on his time with massive respect, and there ain't many I could say that about over the last 5 years.
Wheelos, so you don't have a problem with a multi millionaire footballer throwing a strop 9 months into a new 5 year contract despite having previously agreed to discuss it after 2 years and despite the fact that those who pay his wages don't earn in a year what he earns in a fortnight?
Apart from that, the reason Robert Green has earned 'only' 29k for the past three years is because he has consistently turned down a better deal.
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