posted on Aug, 16 2003 @ 10:14 AM
Gale says that Joe Cole can leave West Ham with his head held high - but insists the club had to sell him now rather than let his contract run out
"Most of the supporters will be gutted about the news that Joe has gone - but if he was to go we had to get good money for him," he explains.
"To get £6.6m is not a bad deal in the end. Despite the club wanting to re-sign him in the last 18 months or so, he didn't want to - so there was no
option otherwise it would have been the Sol Campbell scenario.
"If his contract was up, and he wasn't going to sign a new one in the summer, we weren't going to get much money for him at all.
"I don't think anyone is blaming him because he is going into Champions' League football with Chelsea and now West Ham are in the first division."
Tony says that Joe, who leaves as the reigning Hammer of the Year, really put in effort in the last campaign, particularly after being named
"He is not one of the players you could label as having showed a lack of effort last season. I thought his performances, particularly in the second
half of the season, were very good for West Ham, and he wasn't one of those players that you could say was not putting it all in."