Is Tevezgate finally over?

by Ashleigh Rose

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
 

Warnock won’t let it go

Three words for Neil Warnock, GET OVER IT. No sooner had we believed that football’s most drawn out story, had finally reached a conclusion than Neil Warnock has opened his mouth about his own loss of earnings. The end to the Carlos Tevez affair or ‘Tevezgate’ as its been dubbed was clearly not enough for the current Crystal Palace manager. Not content to see his former club Sheffield United be handed £15 million by West Ham for mercilessly depriving the Blades of their Premier League spot, Warnock is now contemplating suing the Hammers for his own personal loss of being a top-flight manager.

Warnock has said today “The club was going forward. You do feel bitter without a shadow of a doubt”. Bitter? Did he just say that? Right I’m going to say this as clearly as possible so that everyone who still feels bitter about this whole thing completely understands. Going into that final game of the 2006-07 season all that Sheffield United needed to do was beat Wigan and they would have been celebrating another season of Premier League football. That’s all, one win against a team who were also battling relegation and no one at West Ham couldn’t of stopped them staying up, not Carlos Tevez, not Diego Maradona, not Ricky Villa or any other Argentinean playing legally or illegally for them. Now I’m not condoning what West Ham did or did not do but its ridiculous to say that their escape from relegation was down to just one man. Yes, Tevez was instrumental in that run-in and did score some vitally important goals for the Hammers, including the winner at Old Trafford on the last day. but who’s to say someone else wouldn’t have stepped up to the plate had he not been playing?

We all love this game for its unpredictability and so its surely impossible to prove that Carlos Tevez was solely responsible for the Hammers survival in 2007. Having said that though, Sheff Utd have still been awarded the claim and their money, even if they did want a more severe punishment but its time for the Blades and especially Warnock to let it go. It wasn’t one West Ham player who condemned your side to relegation that season, it was down to you and your team not gaining enough points in thirty eight games to survive, even with a straight forward requirement on the last day. So for everyone’s sake let’s just move on eh?

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  • Stevie

    some people just hate not being in the media, and Mr Warnlickers is one of them. As Reeves and Mortimer used to say, ‘You just wouldn’t let it lie’!

  • Darren

    Warnock is a twat, funny with it though. We need characters like him in the game

  • Jackie emu

    Don’t see why he shouldn’t keep coming back.
    West ham have got off very lightly in my opinion.

    Other way around and media darlings and world cup winners from 66 and Sir trevor brooking et al would be rightly claiming everything from the northern up starts! I mean how dare they!

    The reasoning above about it being one game to keep them up, doesn’t make any difference without tevez west ham would have sunk. Someone else stepping up to the plate? did they have a 30 million pound player on the bench then?

  • Ryan

    Thank god that someone else has said this.
    As a West Ham fan it has been the most irritating 2 years.

    Did anyone see Sheff Utd’s handball that gave Wigan the penalty (which Unsworth duely dispatched)?? He jumped above everyone and basically punched it… seemed like an attempt to send West Ham down if you ask me.

  • Ash

    But it doesnt matter if they didnt have another £30 million player on the bench you cant prove that without Tevez West Ham would have gone down. And it could have been anyone who stepped up to the plate, football is full of surprises like that. Media darlings or not, Sheff Utd messed up on the final day and that is the bottom line.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    I’m with Ash, they had their chance and they blew it.

    Deal with it and move on.

    I don’t remember Middlesbrough moaning and winging when they went down after having points deducted when they couldn’t field a full team…

  • dexylongshot

    Bang on the nail Ash. That’s the bottom line. I’m probably not the best person to comment fully due to my preference to the Claret & Blue. I can understand if the leaue conisited of just West Ham and Sheffiel Utd but to say they went down purely because of Tevez is a bit strong. I had Talksport on earlier, Biranyi and co all agreed. Sportswriter of the year Martin Samual has done a brilliant in-depth piece on it.

    Here is just a snippit. Thanks to Martin Samual and the Daily Mail.

    “Warnock, who must hold a world record for games lost in which it was somebody else’s fault, and his former Sheffield United players are preparing for legal action, because Tevez cut short their Premier League careers.

    Yes, it was Carlos Tevez, then a West Ham striker, who caused Warnock’s team to lose to Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham before he had even joined West Ham, plus Reading (twice), Everton, Birmingham (in the Carling Cup), Chelsea (twice), Manchester United (twice), West Ham (Tevez did not score and stormed away from Upton Park after being substituted on 66 minutes), Portsmouth, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Swansea (in the FA Cup), Blackburn, Liverpool, Bolton, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Wigan that season”

  • jackie emu’s having a rant

    No I’m sorry I couldn’t disagree more…you can’t say one result, the last result dictates their season…if it was the the other way round west ham would be still harping on about so don’t all pretend they wouldn’t. It smacks of a London team against an unfashionable team with at the time an unfashionable manager.

    West Ham should have been deducted points end of…they cheated and that’s the bottom line. Just because the dust has settled it should all be forgotten about should it? 15 million is nothing in the scheme of things I hope Sheff United get proper justice.

  • Jackie emu

    No I’m sorry I couldn’t disagree more…you can’t say one result, the last result dictates their season…if it was the the other way round west ham would be still harping on about so don’t all pretend they wouldn’t. It smacks of a London team against an unfashionable team with at the time an unfashionable manager.

    West Ham should have been deducted points end of…they cheated and that’s the bottom line. Just because the dust has settled it should all be forgotten about should it? 15 million is nothing in the scheme of things I hope Sheff United get proper justice…

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    this is not over.

    This was in this mornings Independent

    In the latest twist to the Carlos Tevez saga, Fulham have submitted a claim for £700,000 in compensation from West Ham over lost prize money because they finished below the Hammers in the Premier League in the season Tevez played at Upton Park.

  • Ash

    I would like to put a claim in too, against Norwich for beating us in 1976, meaning that we lost the title to Liverpool. It meant QPR lost out on more money and the chance of being league champions for the only time in our history.

    And while I’m at one against Ray Wilkins, for getting us relegated, Stewart Houston for not getting us promoted!

    Yes that’s how silly Fulhams bloody claim is.

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