Lucas Neill, former ‘number one Liverpool supporter’ was today attempting to justify his decision to move to West Ham instead of Anfield.
Speaking today, probably from the bank, he said:
“People have questioned why I signed for West Ham and not Liverpool, but I don’t understand that.
“Yes, Liverpool is a great club with a fantastic history but, equally, West Ham have produced people like Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds over the years. If West Ham was good enough for those guys, then it’s good enough for me.
“If people want to insult my decision to play for West Ham, then they are insulting some of the greatest players the game has produced, including the three men who led England to the World Cup in 1966.”
West Ham United are believed to have offered the player £55,000 per week compared to the reds offer of £18,000 per week.
It appears that Lucas Neill is the archetypal example of a modern footballer. One minute expressing his desire to play for his ‘boyhood club’. The next won over by the lure of gold.
However sleep tight Lucas because the fact of the matter is actually this. You wouldn’t have been good enough for Liverpool. You wouldn’t have been first choice ahead of any of our defenders especially Steve Finnan, and you wouldn’t have been playing the likes of Barcelona anyway. You would have been at Melwood – training with the youngsters.
West Ham fans are good football supporters, and are probably as adept at recognising a mercenary as us Liverpool fans. I hope this one doesn’t take them down to the Championship.