West Ham match day announcer Jeremy Nicholas resigns

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 19th September 2013

Jeremy Nicholas - who has been the Club's match day announcer for 16 years - has tendered his resignation after being ordered to take a 60 per cent pay cut.

Nicholas, who started at West Ham back in 1997 - the same year as KUMB.com first went online - announced via his website today that he was leaving the Club after his position was made untenable.

"With great sadness, I have resigned as the stadium announcer at West Ham United after sixteen seasons on the microphone," he said. "The club asked me to take a 60 per cent cut in my wages, to less than half of last season’s salary.

"While I would do anything to help the team I love, this just wouldn’t work for my family and me at this time.

"My wife has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease and has been off-work and housebound for the past eighteen months. I have had to stop my freelance work as a BBC TV reporter, to stay at home and look after her.

"While it was a tough decision for me to resign from West Ham, I had to put my family first. Without the TV work my main sources of income are now as a conference host and an after-dinner speaker.

"By committing myself to West Ham for the lower fee, I would have effectively been making a loss on being the announcer; because of the twenty days it ruled me out of speaking work."

Top Billing: Jeremy poses with West Ham legend Billy Bonds ahead of what proved to be his penultimate game as match day announcer

West Ham are yet to comment on the matter but are understood to be preparing a statement. Whilst a replacement for Nicholas is yet to be found, the Club have confirmed to KUMB that they are looking at a number of options ahead of this weekend's visit fo Everton.

To read Jeremy's full statement, visit his website.

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