Saturday, May 10, 2008

West Ham Contract Renewals

It is reported that West Ham will hold a board meeting on Monday which will include chairman Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and manager Alan Curbishley. One item on the agenda is the three players out of contract this summer. Alan Curbishley said,

"We've only got a couple of contracts up this summer. Young Tony Stokes, Nobby Solano, who came in on deadline day, and on-loan Henri Camara, who will go back to Wigan."

Curbishley has been told by Gudmundsson to cut down his 34-man squad and slash the club's wage bill. At 33 years of age Nobby Solano could well be the first player to suffer from West Ham's belt tightening.


At 7:47 AM, Anonymous portugal said...

With the improved terms of the television revenue that clubs receive ,these media claims about us having to "slash" costs seem overblown. "Trim" is one thing. "Slash" is something altogether different. If the club were to drop from 10th to 15th place ,for example,next season, it would forfeit approx 4 million pounds just in Premiership prize money alone. Robbing Peter to pay Paul isn t the answer ,which one wud think that this owner is realistic enough to accept. Some minor adjustments in the wage bill ,yes- but sudden and massive reductions? Not likely.

I think where the "cutting" of wage costs is likely to come is in future signings,where we will likely be much more conservative in terms of transfer fees and wages that we pay. It would not surprise me if some of the compensation in the future becomes more performance-related,both in terms of team and individual performance. To the extent that individuals and the team reach or surpass targets ,then they get better paid. "guaranteed" high weekly wages may play a smaller role in the club s pay structure.

That s not necessarily a bad thing. But I think it may mean that it will be harder for us to bring in new players . I don t think it means that we won t be signing anyone new,but I do think it means such signings will be few and far between in the near future, and that the club will have to be extremely careful in who it chooses to bring in,as the margin for error will be razor thin.

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous greendressinDublin said...

i really hope WHU will renew solano's contract. at times, he has been a light at end of the tunnel for the team...

At 12:56 PM, Anonymous portugal said...

I agree on Solano- even at 33 he adds a lot, and wud still be ,at a minimum ,a worthy substitute to have available.


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