Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Southampton

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Boleyn Ground

Last Game

West Ham 1 - 1 Sheff Utd

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

Sullivan admits Carroll regret

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan admits he would not have signed Andy Carroll if he had known the striker would spend so much time out injured.

Last Updated: 14/12/13 at 11:45 Post Comment

Andy Carroll: West Ham striker badly needed by boss Sam Allardyce

Andy Carroll: West Ham striker badly needed by boss Sam Allardyce

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The Hammers paid Liverpool a club record £15million for Carroll in the summer but he has not played since.

He suffered a double fracture of the right foot whilst he was recovering from a heel injury, and in his absence West Ham have struggled for goals, having scored just 13 in 15 Premier League games this season.

"Had we known he would be out for this long, we would not have signed him," Sullivan told Football Focus.

"We are not a rich enough club to deal with that. You know any player can get injured, but we can't buy a player knowing he is going to be out for half the season.

"When we signed him we were assured by the medical staff that the very, very latest he would be back was 1 September. That would have meant he would only miss two league games."

Carroll is three weeks away from being fit to play and Sullivan is still hopeful that the England international can fire the Hammers to safety.

"If you ask me the same question at the end of the season, I hope I will be able give you a different answer and say 'Yes, it was the right decision to sign Andy Carroll'," he said.

"He is a fantastic player and on his day he is unplayable. We love him and that is why we signed him. He is desperate to come back; he is sweating blood in training."

Until the goals begin to flow, Sullivan admits West Ham are in a dogfight at the wrong end of the table.

"I am deeply concerned," he said. "Anybody who looks at where we are in the table and is not concerned are kidding themselves."

However, he is confident Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is the right man to lead them out of trouble.

"I really believe Sam is the man for the job," he said. "If he wasn't our manager he is exactly the type of manager you would be bringing in to be the manager. Where do you get someone better than Sam to do the job that is now necessary?

"If you asked me what kind of season Sam has had up to now, I would say 'disappointing'. But let's judge him at the end of the season.

"I think the Newcastle manager would have been sacked by most fans after a month of the season but now he is flavour of the month."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Tottenham strike deal for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Montpellier for defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to the French club.

Transfer news: Chelsea confirm agreement with AC Milan for two-year Fernando Torres loan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will have a medical at AC Milan on Saturday ahead of an agreed two-year loan deal.

Europa League: Roberto Martinez happy Everton start and finish at home

Roberto Martinez is happy with the way the fixtures have worked out for Everton in their tough Europa League draw.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property