Benni gets a furious farewell

2010-01-26 21:55

Blackburn - South African striker Benni McCarthy received a furious farewell from Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce after the club confirmed Tuesday they have agreed a fee for his transfer with West Ham.

McCarthy has missed training sessions this week, in what has been seen as a bid to force through a move away from Ewood Park, but his controversial action may not have been necessary after the Premier League clubs agreed a fee reported to be £2.25m.

The 32-year-old striker has grown disillusioned with his lack of first-team starts under Allardyce and has been seeking a move to ensure regular football in the run-up to the World Cup finals in his home country in June and July.

But Allardyce said there was no excuse for McCarthy not turning up at training, branding his conduct "unprofessional" and saying it was symptomatic of too many players in the modern game.

"What he's done is unprofessional. It shows you that the only loyalty a player has got is to himself," Allardyce said.

"This is what we deal with today in football, there's not such a thing as loyalty as there used to be in the older days when I was a player.

"It's a selfish attitude they have and that's not just about Benni, that's all players today. If they want something they do anything to try and get it."

Allardyce added: "If he is trying to manipulate a move by staying away it's not the right thing to do.

"Sometimes players will get advised wrongly and I think whoever is advising him to stay away is very wrong as he's done himself no favours."

The Hammers are only presently above the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference while Blackburn are five points clear of the bottom three.


  • bayl - 2010-01-26 22:27

    Zola will not tolerant this slacker. It will be a matter of weeks until this lame ass will be dropped from the west ham team. Zola loves players that train hard...why oh why have WHFC bought this loser? It smacks of desperation. Lose out of Ruud VN so go for this clown

  • nick - 2010-01-27 00:09

    Poor attitude! What makes him think that a move would improve the way he plays?

  • letona - 2010-01-27 07:31

    At long last our Benni got what he wanted,a new club,West Ham.Hope he will do well to impress his new club and Bafana.Experience is a best teacher and Benni must wake up and score goals.

  • Amos Lence - 2010-01-27 08:05

    Go Benni! Go Benni! Go Benni! **rapping*** Sam Allardyce is so stupid to let Benni go. All the awesome games that Blackburn played this season had Benni at the helm of things... Imagine the quality Benni will be adding to Westham. He is just an awesome player. All Benni haters haven't been watching Benni in action - just shut up!!

  • lolo - 2010-01-27 09:40

    A move to another side mught help. But if he still has the same rotten attitude that got him relegated to the bench at Celta Vigo and Blackburn then nothing will change. Luckily for Bafana, history shows that he ussually performs well during the first season at his clubs. So we might get him when he is at his best.

  • Amos Lence - 2010-01-27 11:08

    I'm just looking forward to a Blackburn v/s Westham game - benni netting a hatrick in a long while and an egg on Allardyce' face when he an Portsmouth are relegated!!!

  • Mfana4 - 2010-01-27 11:15

    The true colors have started to show even before donning West Ham jersey by not showing up at BlackBurn training.I hope Zola noted this and bench this fat tik cape flat fart.It's out of desperation that Westham buy Benni otherwise he won't save them from relegation but will cause more headache for the Italian coach.

  • cassy - 2010-01-27 12:40

    @lolo: nice to see a fellow hammers fan. I really hope Benni gets his act together for West Ham. Apparently Zola has won quite a bit of respect from his current set of players (and that is evident in their work rate especially last night against Pompey). If Benni can emulate that same work rate he will return to his former goal scoring self.

  • @Amos - 2010-01-27 12:59

    Geez Amos, are you & Bunny boy Benni lovers or what!!!

  • Cameron - 2010-01-28 19:05

    Benni is rubbish. West Ham need to send him to the farm so he can kick balls at the wide side of the barn. With a few hours practice a day, he might just hit it in a few weeks.

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