WEST HAM chief Karren Brady returns with her weekly diary in The Sun.
This week it’s Leyton Orient, Portsmouth supporters and Toby Alderweireld.
Sat, Apr 29
ABANDONED by their club’s owner Francesco Becchetti, it is no wonder Leyton Orient supporters stage a sit-in protest before the end of today’s match, which confirmed their 112-year tenure in the Football League ends.
Maybe they will be fined but that would truly add insult to injury.
Instead, the League should try to effect an international ban on Becchetti, a proven coward and liar who dodged their fit-and-proper ownership tests.
Sun, Apr 30
JOSE MOURINHO carries on with his public provocation of certain injured players to whom the right of reply is not really an option.
I admire Mourinho and no doubt he knows something about his squad we don’t. But he can’t really believe that Phil Jones, for one, ought to be playing with a broken toe.
Perhaps his verbal flagellation will toughen up the less doughty of his band. Even so, it is an unusual way in this most unusual man.
Mon, May 1
“I CAN’T believe our luck, the team Huddersfield put out,” a Birmingham City fan emails me today.
His struggling team could afford a player being sent off early on and still win.
Yes, deliberately resting their best players is arguably the right thing to do in Huddersfield’s interest — but certainly not for the integrity of the competition.
Tues, May 2
BARCELONA’S comeback against PSG has caused a bout of optimism in Spain.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says they can overturn a 3-0 deficit and beat Real to the Champions League final. Harder than taking back Gibraltar, I say.
He also has to stop Ronaldo, whose hat-trick tonight shows he loves scoring goals almost as much as he loves posing.
Wed, May 3
POMPEY Supporters’ Trust meet tomorrow night to discuss former Walt Disney chairman Michael Eisner’s £5.7million takeover bid.
Eisner is no dewy-eyed soccer lover with more money than sense, like many of the dreamers who brought about Pompey’s slump.
He is a grade-one businessman.
Trust members must decide whether to hand over a club they saved through immense work, praying they’ve found the right man at last.
Thur, May 4
TOP clubs long ago gave up the ideal that every first-team player should receive equal pay.
Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld may be inspired by something similar if it’s true he is demanding to double his money to around the £110,000 a week Harry Kane is said to earn.
Their chairman Daniel Levy keeps to a strict pay agenda and Alderweireld may find robbing a bank is easier.
There is another point. Kane scores 20-plus goals, Alderweireld stops far more.
Who should be paid more? Over to you, Daniel.
Fri, May 5
HE is yet another of those West Ham lads who has made a fine career at another club.
They are everywhere, almost an England team. This one is Leon Britton, Swansea’s little worker bee with the skill to orchestrate a whole midfield.
At 34 and back in the side, he’ll be desperate to help the cause for which he has given 15 years and more than 450 games in all four divisions.
That invaluable service deserves rewards.