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Carlton Cole: My wages were halved after West Ham’s Premier League relegation

The former England international striker agreed to slash the pay that he was getting in the top flight to continue his footballing career with the Hammers in the Championship

West Ham striker Carlton Cole has revealed that he accepted his wages being halved upon the Hammers’ relegation from the Premier League a year ago.

The forward’s salary was reportedly cut from £28,000 to £14,000 a week after the Londoners dropped into the Championship and his loyalty was further tested when he had the chance to return to the top flight with Stoke City.

The former Chelsea man helped West Ham return to the Premier League at the first time of asking after scoring the opening goal in Saturday’s Championship play-off final victory over Blackpool at Wembley.

“I’ve kept my mouth shut for quite a while but I did take a wage cut to stay in the Championship. Half of my wages just went,” Cole told reporters after the match.

WEST HAM BACK IN THE BIG TIME
Victory over Blackpool at Wembley means an instant return to the Premier League

“But I thought: ‘You know what? I want to help this club get back where we belong.’

“I didn’t want to leave the ship, I am that sort of guy. I would not have been able to live with myself.

“It is just such a reward to get to the Premier League again with West Ham at the first time of asking. This was D-Day for all of us.

“I can’t explain how proud as a player, person and family man I am to be here.”

Cole confirmed that he is yet to enter discussions over a new deal at Upton Park but is excited to tackle top-flight defences again next season.

“No contract talks have been planned but we will see what happens,” he said.

“I have a year left and we will see where that takes us. Hopefully both sides will be happy that I sign a new contract.

“I am here to help West Ham and if they want a relegation clause then I am happy to have it. You can’t be on Premier League wages in the Championship.”

 
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BAPTISTE SLAMS ‘EMBARASSING’ HAMMERS

PictureBaptiste: West Ham hoof it up long and hope for the best 

Alex Baptiste slammed West Ham’s playing style after his own team Blackpool were beaten in the Championship play-off decider at Wembley on Saturday.

Ricardo Vaz Te netted the winning goal as the Hammers won 2-1 but the Seasiders’ defender was hardly full of praise for the victors.

He told the BBC: “We were the better side. It was embarrassing at times. They just hoof it long and hope for the best.

“And it’s a foul on me for the second goal, so the ref has done us no favours.

“I suppose everyone got what they wanted. Everyone wanted West Ham to win because they’re a team from London.

“I wouldn’t survive in their team because I’m not tall enough. All of them are eight feet tall.”

As for Blackpool’s chances next season, Baptiste added: “If we keep the squad together, we’ll go up next year.

“You’ve seen the football that we play. We’ve just got to believe in ourselves a little bit more, we experienced winning it two years ago and it’s a cruel game sometimes.

“Maybe we didn’t deserve it last time but we sure as hell deserved it this time.”

 
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Gold aims to agree Green deal

Hammers hope promotion will help to persuade keeper to stay

Image text hereRobert Green: West Ham United are hoping to agree a new contract to hang on to the goalkeeper

West Ham United co-owner David Gold is hoping the club can finalise a new contract to keep goalkeeper Robert Green at Upton Park.

Green is out of contract in the summer and the Hammers have been negotiating for several months in an effort to persuade the 32-year-old to stay.

Spanish side Malaga, who have qualified for next season’s UEFA Champions League, have been linked with a bid to sign Green on a free transfer.

However, after Saturday’s play-off win over Blackpool secured an immediate return to the Premier League for the club, Gold is optimistic of retaining Green.

“The offer we could have made to Rob would obviously not have met his requirements if we had still been in the Championship,” said Gold.

“But now there will be one on the table which should be acceptable and hopefully we will wrap that up in the next five weeks.”

Green has made over 240 appearances for West Ham since joining from Norwich City in 2006 and has been included in England’s squad for Euro 2012.

 
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Henderson seals permanent Hammers move

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By Neil Allen
Published on Monday 21 May 2012 16:17

West Ham have turned Stephen Henderson’s loan spell into a permanent deal following their return to the Premier League.

The Pompey keeper watched from the bench as Ricardo Vaz Te’s late goal in Saturday’s play-off final clinched a 2-1 victory over Blackpool.

That match signalled the end of the emergency loan deal which began back in early March.

As agreed at the time, it has now been turned into a £600,000 transfer, with Pompey potentially receiving 15-per-cent of his future sale.

Henderson, who signed a four-year deal at Upton Park, will now challenge Robert Green for the number one spot in the Premier League next season.

Green himself is out of contract this summer.

But West Ham joint-owner David Gold believes the England man will stay at Upton Park.

Despite Henderson’s presence, the club are to open negotiations with the 32-year-old, who has been selected by Roy Hodgson for his Euro 2012 squad.

In the meantime, some former Pompey players helped the Hammers back into the top flight, just 12 months after their relegation.

Gary O’Neil and Matt Taylor both started the Wembley match and followed in the footsteps of the Blues’ 2002-03 promotion.

O’Neil has been regularly involved in Sam Allardyce’s side since recovering from a serious ankle injury at the turn of the year.

Taylor, 30, has been a key figure in the West Ham side following his summer arrival.

The left-sided player has made 32 appearances, scoring once.

Another former Pompey player, Papa Bouba Diop, 34, did not make the play-off final squad.

 
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Cole Coming Home?

The Daily Mirror are reporting that Big Sam is looking to bring an old favourite back to Upton Park.

With our Premier League status now restored, Big Sam could pull off a masterstroke if an ambitious plan to bring Joe Cole back to his former stomping ground succeeds.

Cole, who moved from Chelsea to Liverpool but who enjoyed a miserable season at Anfield before joining Lille on a season long loan, is set to head back to an uncertain future at Liverpool and we suspect a move back to West Ham could be a dream move for him.

 

 
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