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Stranded 9:12 Fri Mar 13
Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: I was wrong to suggest Winston Reid had been tapped up by another club

* Winston Reid signed new six-and-a-half year deal with West Ham last week
* New Zealand international looked set to leave the club for free in summer
* Allardyce had said it was unlikely Reid hadn't agreed to join another club
* But the West Ham boss has now admitted he was wrong to suggest that

Sam Allardyce admits he was wrong to claim Winston Reid had been tapped up after the West Ham defender finally penned a fresh contract with the club.

Talks between the Hammers and Reid had been ongoing for several months, with reported interest from the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal leaving many West Ham supporters on tenterhooks over the future of their New Zealand international.

Allardyce said in January that it was 'highly unlikely' Reid had not already verbally agreed to leave Upton Park given that he was yet to sign a new contract and went on to suggest earlier this month that he needed to rope in the questioning techniques of Jack Bauer from television's '24' to get an answer out of the player.

But the 26-year-old, who will miss Saturday's trip to Arsenal through injury, has now signed a six-and-a-half-year contract to keep him tied down to the east London outfit - with Allardyce quick to admit he had misread the situation.

'I was wrong, so I admit that,' he said when asked if he was surprised to see Reid sign a new deal having questioned whether he had been tapped up.

'For me, if somebody's out of contract like that it would have all been done and dusted by the end of the season, even though it might not have been done and dusted from a paperwork point of view.

'His agent would have sorted out a deal somewhere or other in this country. I was probably more concerned about abroad because it could have been a pre-contract.

'One of the bigger clubs in Europe could have seen what Winston has done here and said "he's the one for us" and taken him abroad so I was obviously wrong.'

Allardyce believes a strong showing for West Ham this season would have helped convince Reid to stay put - insisting no club bigger than the Hammers had looked like making a move for his signature.

'It was the longest negotiation ever,' he added.

'I think that in the end both parties are very, very pleased with the outcome. I think the big pull for Winston signing this time around is that we've had a good season up until now that we need to finish off as strong as we can.

'(We are) moving to the Olympic Stadium in 2016, so where else is he going to get bigger than West Ham United?

'Probably because nobody of a greater status than West Ham has actually taken up his position, he signs up with us, which we're both delighted about.

'Winston has now been in that position for a considerable amount of time and he now sees West Ham as the best way forward for him and we're absolutely delighted with that because it's been a long, hard negotiation for him.

'It's been well into more than a year of trying to come to an agreement in terms of the contract. Now the contract is secured for a period of time that takes Winston along and hopefully the club along to better things.'

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terranceandphillip2 6:46 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
Pathetic by the manager. Almost as pathetic as the constant leaks on potential new managers coming from the Club. No unity at the moment, BFS is a tool but Sullivan should wind his neck in as well.

Stranded 6:36 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
terry. Not exactly the best way to encourage team spirit is it.

terry-h 3:21 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
I agree Stranded. Totally unnecessary comments to make about Reid.
But the prick appears to have Brady's support and until Sullivan has the balls to get rid, we may have to put up with him for some time to come.

Stranded 3:11 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
terry-h 1:18

Don't know about the other signings, but I did think this one was odd.

Rumours start that Reid's agreed to sign. They build over the next few days 'til on the tuesday Allardyce pops up denying there's any truth to it, and making his 'Jack Bauer' comment.Then, within 24/48 hours it's announced officially that Reid's signed.

As for people suggesting this is some kind of public display of what a big man he is. Is it fuck. It's just a snide public dig at Reid and his agent.

LAD 2:01 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
Allardyce doesn't give a fuck.

Hollow apology. In my opinion.

Reckon Reid has signed knowing this fat useless cunt is leaving.

Nicey 2:00 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract

Dapablo 11:13 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
Well done Sam, a far bigger man than the likes of Nicey who continue to pollute these boards even when they "promised" to fuck off till our manager left!


If it didn't make you whinge so much I would have stuck to my word. I like watching you appear so hurt and upset x

terry-h 1:18 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
Sullivan appears to be signing up our better players on long term contracts in recent weeks with little or no input from Allardyce. The two more years for Amalfitano has also come as a surprise to me after his recent silly sending off at West Brom. He hasn't exactly been the fat man's regular starting choice since his arrival. Also Sullivan appears to be the one hesitating on offering Song a permanent contract,perhaps preferring Lasanna Diarra as a cheaper alternative.
Is Allardyce now being squeezed out completely on player recruitment,and will he put up with being an apparent spare part in decision making?

Sven Roeder 12:38 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
That's the nature of football and contracts though.
In Reid's defence he kept his head down (no blabbing in the press how he'd LOVE to play for someone else) and explored his options.
And made a decision NOW rather than playing around right up to June 30 or whenever his contract ran out.
He knows where he will be and so do we in Feb/Mar. All good

B6NY B 12:23 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
Best signing of the season.

Bullet 11:58 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
Will never sit well completely the way he went about it. Sam says as much that if he had better offers he would have been off and let it be known for a year, come and get me, but no one did. You would not leave it so long unless that was your intentions.

Good news agreed. Saves us money on a replacement so I am all for it, still doesn't sit well though.

Sven Roeder 11:49 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
It was more a case of making a contractual offer rather than a bid.
Who knows what offers he had?
He and his agent appear to have kept their mouths shut while they went about their business and left the theorising to the know nothings.
Obviously he decided ours was the best on offer (even if it was from a field of ONE).
Good news

Steve P 11:48 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
'(We are) moving to the Olympic Stadium in 2016, so where else is he going to get bigger than West Ham United?

penners?

Bullet 11:42 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
So his agent touted Winston around the top clubs in the Premiership and the rest of Europe for over a year and not one club was interested to even make a low bid for him?

Feeling unwanted and with no other choice Winston reluctantly has to stay where he is and signs the longest contract he possible can in the belief that if no one wants me at this age, then no one will definitely want me when I'm a few years older.

Let's pray he doesn't get injured...ohh....

*Does crossed hammers sign*

Johnson 11:24 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
Why don't you fuck off?

Dapablo 11:13 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
Well done Sam, a far bigger man than the likes of Nicey who continue to pollute these boards even when they "promised" to fuck off till our manager left!

LJC 11:07 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract

Nicey 10:56 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract


Jesus pot and kettle... You do make yourself look stupid.

Northern Sold 10:59 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
'Probably because nobody of a greater status than West Ham has actually taken up his position, he signs up with us"


Said at the time he would probably stay with us because no better clubs would come in for him.. saying that when you look at the shit Man United have at centre back then he might have got a gig there

13 Brentford Rd 10:59 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
Remember saying he would not get a better offer than ours months ago when our new offer was made public.
Naturally WHOs "finest" disagreed.

Northern Sold 10:57 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
'I was wrong, so I admit that,'


* falls off chair and breaks jaw *

Nicey 10:56 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract

One McAvennieeeeee 10:54 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract


A first time for everything I guess.

I wonder how many of his followers who backed him to the hilt on this statement will also show such humility (it's ok, I kniw the rules, nobody backed his statement at all and no arguments took place)

One McAvennieeeeee 10:54 Sat Mar 14
Re: Allardyce on Winston Reid signing a new contract
'I was wrong, so I admit that,'

FMOB

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