Sullivan responds to Austin criticism

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 20th August 2015

West Ham United Chairman David Sullivan has spoken out to clarfiy his comments regarding Charlie Austin.

Talking in the latest episode of the KUMB Podcast, West Ham United's co-owner responded to a question from a supporter querying why West Ham had not make an official approach for the highly-rated striker.

Sullivan replied by explaining why he had reservations over meeting Queens Park Rangers' ?15miliion asking price - comments that appeared to upset Austin, who issued a statement this afternoon criticising the Chairman for referring to his past injuries.

"My strength and performance in pre-season has been excellent and with two goals in my last two games I don't think there is any doubt that my match sharpness is as good as ever," he said.

"Like many professional footballers, I have the legacy of injuries picked up over my career but the effect on my day-to-day training and on matchday is non-existent. I am fit, strong and looking forward to Saturday's home game against Rotherham."

Responding to Austin's statement and to clarify his earlier comments, Sullivan - whose last two major front-line signings, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia are yet to play this season - replied: "I fully accept Charlie Austin is a good player and I fully accept he's not impacted on a day-to-day basis.

"I admire Charlie, but the question for us is whether previous injuries might impact upon the longevity of his career."

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