West Ham owner blasts two January signings; one hits back

Matt Stead

Robert Snodgrass has issued a response after David Sullivan publicly criticised both him and Jose Fonte.

West Ham co-owner Sullivan took part in an interview for The Guardian on Friday, and chose to dig out two of the club’s January signings.

Fonte and Snodgrass both joined from Southampton and Hull City respectively, and Sullivan was keen to point out that they are indicative of the poor transfers that former manager Slaven Bilic oversaw.

“Well, I’m not really the director of football,” he told The Guardian. “I never go to the training ground.

“The manager had a policy of wanting older, proven Premier League players. That gives you an old squad and players who you’ve seen the best of.

“I’m very involved with physically bringing in the players. I’m not involved in the strategy. The manager said he wanted Fonte from Southampton and Snodgrass from Hull. My kids begged me not to sign them.

“I regret it in a way, the first year I was more involved and the next two years I was less involved. We’ve let the manager pick who he wants.

“Maybe going forward we won’t. We have to take a look at the age of the players we’re signing. We will have to bring in two or three in January. They won’t be old journeymen, they will be young players. They won’t be 32.”

Snodgrass, now on loan at Aston Villa, rightfully hit back on social media.