Hammers board calls McCartney a liar
By Steve Turner
Friday 05 Sep 2008 10:29:00
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The West Ham board have reacted with total and utter dismay, bordering on the outraged and depressed, at George McCartney's claims that he was forced to leave the club.

It does seem strange when two side offer differing views, but hey, if it's good enough for Newcastle, it's good enough for the Hammers, eh?

On the official site, out came a claim that showed exactly how wounded the entire board clearly is:

"Having previously declared their interest, Sunderland approached West Ham United at the end of last week with a renewed offer to sign the player. Both McCartney and his agent were made aware of this development.


"However, as was demonstrated by the rejection of a previous bid and with the subsequent agreement of a new five-year contract, West Ham United had no intention of selling McCartney.

"Following this offer from Sunderland, McCartney handed in a signed written transfer request on Monday 1 September which stated "due to private, family reasons I wish to accept the offer to move back to Sunderland AFC"".

Treasure chest

"West Ham United are astonished by the claims made subsequently by the player that there was no written request to leave with McCartney having also repeatedly spoken of his desire to return to Sunderland to both the manager and senior club officials.

"On Sunday 31 August, a senior club official wrote to McCartney stating: "No one wants to sell. If you are happy to stay, great, it ends here. I thought you were unhappy and wanted to go."

"The player then restated his desire to leave before handing in the written transfer request on Monday."

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