rss twitter facebook mobile

Reflections On Former Chelsea Player’s Decision

Joe Cole signed for the Chelsea when he was just 21-years-old, which was a dream come true for the winger who grew up supporting Chelsea.

After 7 years with his boyhood team, Chelsea refused to meet Cole’s wage demands of £90,000 a week after a couple of dodgy seasons with injury and failure to find form. With contract negotiations failing to get off the ground all season, Cole repeatedly insisted he wanted to stay put.

“I want nothing more than to stay at Chelsea, I love it here,” he said.

It turns out Cole did want something more though. Money.

The club wanted Cole stay but just three days after Ray Wilkins announced Chelsea were desperate to keep their player, it was confirmed no new contract was going to be signed.

“The problem was economic,” said Ancelotti. “It was a problem between the club and Joe Cole, not me. We spoke about this but when the problem is with money, it is not my problem.”

Chelsea didn’t meet his wage demands, United pulled out of the race for the same reason, before Spurs also agreed £90k a week for four years was too much for a player who couldn’t get in Chelsea’s starting team and who hasn’t been the same player since the injury in January 2009.

So, what did the player who parades around in a Chelsea sweatband and claimed he wanted nothing more than to play for Chelsea do? He signed for whichever club would offer him the £90k he was seeking. It didn’t matter what the Chelsea fans thought, it didn’t matter where that club finished last season, it didn’t matter whether he got to play Champions League football or not, because all that mattered was the salary.

“I know I have made the right decision and I am looking forward to the challenge,” he said. “This is a challenge for me. I have played in London all my life. I could have stayed at Chelsea because the fans loved me and I won things, but I wanted to challenge myself and when I knew Liverpool were interested it was a no-brainer because they are the biggest club in the country. This is a massive club.”

What a knife in the heart for every Chelsea fan who has supported this lad over the past seven years. Not only signing for a club who Chelsea fans have developed an increased rivalry and hatred for following their so many European clashes, but to then go on to belittle Chelsea by lauding a team who finished 7th in the league last season and who will seriously struggle to reclaim a Champions League spot any time soon as ‘massive’, something Chelsea sadly know they’re not, is painful. Do remember though, that since Cole became a professional footballer, Liverpool haven’t won a single league title, whilst Chelsea have won three!

Not only that, it is now the Chelsea fans who loved him, not him loving them, something he repeatedly claimed when the Stamford Bridge club were paying his wages. And he didn’t stop there.

“I thought about the semi-final of the Champions League in 2005 when I ran onto the field and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up,” he continued. “I was thinking about playing in that atmosphere every week and that swung it for me.”

Another dig at his boyhood club, hailing the Liverpool atmosphere as so impressive.

Now, Cole may be forgiven for not knowing this, given that he didn’t play during the last European night between Chelsea and Liverpool at Anfield, but Chelsea fans took the piss good and proper. All you could hear were Chelsea songs (all two of them!) that evening, with the commentators noting how quiet Anfield was. The rent boys aren’t famed for their great support, even on away days, which is a good indication of just how shit the Liverpool fans were during that “special European night at Anfield” to be totally outsung by Chelsea!

“Where’s your famous atmosphere?” the Chelsea fans repeatedly mocked with no response from the dippers. Even the Liverpool fans acknowledge that the atmosphere in their stadium is poor these days (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) yet Cole is harping back to an event that happened five years ago as justification for signing for a midtable club.

When it looked as though Cole wasn’t going to agree terms with Chelsea a few months ago, I wanted him to come to United. The chance for him to play under Sir Alex Ferguson, in front of 76,000 fans, alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, in the Champions League, competing for all trophies, for Manchester United, should have been enough to make him accept any offer. But as soon as United got wind of his overinflated wage demands, it became clear it wasn’t going to happen. Cole, who has done nothing for almost two years now, would be earning more than the likes of Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher, Nani, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick etc. In fact, after Rooney and Ferdinand, he would probably be our highest paid player. It didn’t make sense and if he wasn’t going to budge on the salary, then we were right to show no interest.

There is the potential for him to be great at Liverpool though, with him finding a new lease of life for a different club. Unlike at Chelsea, he will be an important part of the team, used with Gerrard and Torres (if he remains) to build the team around.

But the whole transfer has left me feeling two things really: 1. For a player to earn £90k a week, they have to be central to the team, and quite frankly, we have players who are at least equal to, if not better, than him. He certainly wouldn’t be a starting player every week. Particularly given United’s financial situation (and Liverpool’s!) I’d expect to see a better quality player for that amount of money, particularly given the contract doesn’t expire until he’s 32. 2. Thank goodness Sir Alex Ferguson instils some loyalty and pride in our players. Fancy having one of our players claim to be a United fan, claim to love our fans and club, claim to want to see how their entire career there, only to go on and sign for a club we hated because they offered more money and then bang on about how amazing that new club is. How that club is massive, how the atmosphere there is the best, how it was a ‘no-brainer’ to leave United for that club. It just wouldn’t happen.

For all the frustrations United fans feel at the moment, given the situation the Glazers have put us in, it is nice to know we can take some great things for granted. When looking at our loyal players, the ones who love our club, they want to play for our club because it’s United, they don’t have “sleepless nights” over more money playing for shit clubs, they don’t flirt with other clubs so they can improve their salaries, and they don’t leave us for hated rivals and proceed to bang on about what a great decision that is. It’s all downhill after United Foster said just before leaving and you can’t get your time at United back confessed Ruud. Our club inspires these feelings in the players.

It’s not all rosy at United right now but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take time to reflect on what great things we do have at our club. Sir Alex Ferguson strives to create a brilliant ethos at our club, so that whenever a player joins or leaves, money isn’t the single motivating factor. For that, we really should be grateful.




------------
The Republik of Mancunia has brought out a brilliant downloadable World Cup preview. It contains 20 articles written by football experts on the countries our players will be representing in Brazil. There is also exclusive content from this country's top football journalists, such as Sid Lowe, Martin Lipton, Sam Wallace and Dominic Fifield. All profit is going to charity. More info on the RoM World Cup preview can be found here.

Minimum price is £4. Enter your e-mail address to receive the download and the price you would like to pay.

 

73 Comments

  1. RedScot says:

    @Willie, you are just a turn coat and dont stand bye your principles, you are History.
    You are no longer my boyfriend. lol
    Evening mate I am so excited about the match, hyper, genuinely.
    Are you working tonight or off, maybe get some of your sarky comments which I am sure we all laugh at.

  2. Alan says:

    Wise moveJoe Cole. Joining the biggest and most prestigious club in the land!

    5 TIMES ; WE WON IT FIVE TIMES…………..

  3. jack says:

    ireland is a quality player bit of a fuckin looper but quality nothing that fergy couldnt fix. . he obviously isnt wanted by mankini so definetly worth a cheeky bid

  4. willierednut says:

    RedScot – I’ll watch the first half mate, early start in the morning. You lost Alan?

  5. RedScot says:

    @Willie OK well enjoy the first half.
    I think Alan was just refecting his feelings on Cole, clearly he is not sad to see him depart!

  6. Chambo says:

    Biggest club in the country??? They aren’t even the biggest club in the North West!!

    I find it funny how the media are lauding his signing as a great acquisition. Funny because when we signed a past-it-injury-prone-has-been it was a sign Fergie was clearly clinically insane.

    Anyway, I look forward to us turning on a Barcelona 08 type atmosphere this year for the dippers to show Cole what a decent group of fans sound like!!

  7. chaosred says:

    send macheda on loan he’s our worst stricke, he has nothing, overrated imo

  8. Squiddy says:

    I don’t think it was about money at all. He ended up going to the lowest standard, highest profile team that would give him a starting place and who have no option but to keep playing him when they found out he wasn’t very good.

    He didn’t want a perfectly decent wage at Chelsea if he didn’t play (because he’s not good enough to play). The same applies to Spurs and Arsenal where they have so many alternatives for his position he’d get dropped when they discovered he wasn’t very good. West Ham apparently offered him most money, but even Cole isn’t thick enough to go back there. Liverpool were his only choice. And Cole was Liverpool’s only choice too, whatever the cost.

    The truth is, every team that didn’t sign him should be breathing a very big sigh of relief right about now.

  9. gazzer says:

    I don’t see the problem here. If it was any of us, we wouldn’t be critical about trying to get paid for our skills, particularly since careers here can be pretty short.
    Given our wage structure, we understandably didn’t work for us, but what’s wrong with him getting a good wage for a team that is likely to play him a lot?
    If you can show me an example of united or any other club being loyal to a player when they didn’t really need to and didn’t really need him, then I’ll grant your criticism.

  10. gitan_reel says:

    Guys Cole has some points ,.
    Anfield’s atmosphere was fantastic during Chelsea’s match right…..
    And Stevie me as well…….
    the club’s situation is promising….
    Maybe if he gone to Shity I would say he si greed….but going to Anfield makes him idiot

  11. Shawn_H says:

    As much as we all want new Signings at Man Utd, I doubt it would happen.. Every other side is make major Improvements, but not Us! WHY???

  12. bettathedevilsweknow says:

    i think cole just took the first job that came along that came close to the wages he wanted,and now hes trying to justify it in terms of their history/atmos blah blah.if chelsea rated him so highly they wouldnt have paid 6 mill or whatever for Benayhill.i,ll give him about a month of footy and reckon he’ll have an injury recurrence…but lpool will keep playin him and it’ll be treatment room time like torres.

  13. bettathedevilsweknow says:

    just read it. carraghers great isnt he…’its a message that liverpool mean business!’..a player on a free!! what a pleb. let the badge kissing commence joe!

  14. Belgo-Irish Red says:

    In point 2 you kind of described Tévez. :)

  15. If the reds should play says:

    Chelsea always had the best away support in the league up until recent years.
    They were always the loudest who came to Old Trafford, but that seems to have changed since they won the Prem League.
    United were never interested in Joe Cole, his injury record put them off and his style doesnt suit Uniteds formation.

    If Liverpool go out of the UEFA Cup early doors, I can see them being strong contenders for the league. Dont let last years eague position fool you. They wll be a much better outfit this season.

  16. King Eric says:

    Alan – Not like the scousers to live on their history. Fuck me. These cunts are talking like they are gonna win the league. Cockney wideboy “arry” says Spurs can do it. As for Citeh fans pointless competing next season as they have the league sewn up! Christ. The deluded dipper bug is catching.

  17. King Eric says:

    Shawn – Err because we don’t need to make “major changes” What are these major changes mate? Cole to the scousers and Benayoun to the Rentboys? Ooh scary.

  18. United says:

    When it comes to my job, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a greedy b*stard. So I can relate to money hungry footballer a little. There is no such thing as enough money.

  19. Siddharth K says:

    ” Fancy having one of our players claim to be a United fan, claim to love our fans and club, claim to want to see how their entire career there, only to go on and sign for a club we hated because they offered more money and then bang on about how amazing that new club is. How that club is massive, how the atmosphere there is the best, how it was a ‘no-brainer’ to leave United for that club. It just wouldn’t happen.”

    Are you kidding me? What about David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

  20. Scott the Red says:

    Siddharth K – Eh? At no point did Ronaldo ever claim to love our club or be a lifelong fan. And Beckham didn’t join a club we hated, he didn’t bang on about how amazing that club was, he didn’t claim their atmosphere was the best and he didn’t say leaving United for that club was a ‘no-brainer’.

    So, what do you mean?

  21. reddarren says:

    When looking at our loyal players, the ones who love our club, they want to play for our club because it’s United, they don’t have “sleepless nights” over more money playing for shit clubs, they don’t flirt with other clubs so they can improve their salaries, and they don’t leave us for hated rivals and proceed to bang on about what a great decision that is. It’s all downhill after United Foster said just before leaving and you can’t get your time at United back confessed Ruud. Our club inspires these feelings in the players.

    A few sentences say a hell of alot about the type of players we have at our club

  22. Simon Amstell says:

    Perhaps Tevez is a better example, when you cut it down the Tevez and Cole transfers are very similar in the sense they were both “fan favourites” who said they loved the clubs, only to leave for more money at a lower club and then criticize not only their old clubs but the fans too, which seems strange as the fans both times round, initially anyway had a great deal of support for the players until they disrespected them by belittling the club. Players should realise no matter how much they are loved no player is bigger than the club. the clubs were there before they were born and will be there long after they retire (except maybe Portsmouth of course)

LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Log in with your Facebook or Twitter account: