Text  Larger | Smaller | Default


Zola: why Hayden went

Filed: Monday, 26th January 2009
By: Staff Writer

Gianfranco Zola has revealed that he allowed Hayden Mullins to leave as he could no longer guarantee him first team football.

Zola, talking to whufc.com this morning revealed that Mullins had asked to join Portsmouth having started in just eight of his 21 appearances for the Hammers this season.

"I did not want to lose him but at this point in his career he wanted to play regularly and I respect his wishes," said Zola.

"He asked me if he could talk to Portsmouth and I could have said 'no' but he is a man that has shown this club a lot of respect. He has been loyal and it would not have been fair to stand in his way."

Mullins was Alan Pardew's first signing back in October 2003 when he joined in a 500,000 switch from Crystal Palace. He went on to make over 200 appearances for the Hammers but sadly missed out on the 2006 FA Cup Final having been sent off the week before.

He first began to get itchy feet back in October when he voiced his discontent at losing his first team spot. Speaking at the time, he said:

"I don't really want to go and knock on his door and ask why I'm not playing. It's just a case of waiting for my chance.

"Hopefully it'll come soon. If I get my chance I have to take it, and if I don't we'll have to see where that leaves us."

Hayden Mullins: fact file

League appearances: 151 (28 as sub) - 4 goals
Cup appearances: 25 (2 as sub) - 3 goals
Other appearances: 6 - 0 goals

Related News

   arrow   Moyes, Sullivan, Chicharito & Obiang: Tuesday's news [6th Feb 2018]
   arrow   Gianfranco Zola sacked - again [9th Mar 2015]
   arrow   Junior's a go-go [26th Jun 2014]
   arrow   Loan watch: week three [20th Aug 2011]
   arrow   Ex-Hammer earns day in the sun [11th Apr 2010]
   arrow   West Ham Utd 2 Portsmouth 0 [26th Dec 2009]
   arrow   Sell Upson at your peril [24th Dec 2009]
   arrow   Chin up, Franco [17th Dec 2009]
   arrow   Skint [3rd Sep 2009]
   arrow   Board's hand forced? [31st Mar 2009]

Your Comments

Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

by 1englishhammer
06:27AM 27th Jan 2009
''Fantastic loyalty. But our big squad did need trimming, why can't we get rid of the proper fringe ones for good though? *bangs head against the wall*''

by Chas L
01:56PM 26th Jan 2009
''Good luck Hayden. Don't be too disappointed when we play in this year's FA Cup final!''

by BarkingMadHammer
11:59AM 26th Jan 2009
''Hayden Mullins played the "Unsung Hero" midfield role so well. He had arguably his best season the year of the Cup run and was cruelly suspended for the final because of a combination of a stupid scouse Spaniard and a crap ref. Always works hard and played in any position without complaint and never knocked the club. A rare individual in these greedy times. The likes of Ronnie Boyce and Geoff Pike spring to mind as similar comparisons. Good luck Hayden Mullins.''

by peter T
11:09AM 26th Jan 2009
''Mullins never let us down and showed us that rare quality of respect. I for one wish him well at Pompey. Thanks Hayden.''

by barry the hammer
10:27AM 26th Jan 2009
''thank you Hayden Mullins and good luck.''

comments powered by Disqus
News Image

On This Day ...

One Year Ago
Leaving in their droves: why thousands will not renew
A number of season ticket holders have been explaining why they will not be...more
Three Years Ago
It's not over, says JC
Jack Collison believes he can still play a vital role as part of Wales' golden generation. ...more
Five Years Ago
Olympic Stadium: another hurdle cleared
Planning permission has been granted for the E20 partnership's conversion plans for the Olympic Stad...more