Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DON'T LET IT ALL END THIS WAY, WEST HAM; Coach Who Nurtured Rio, Lamps and Carrick in Plea to Club over 'Paltry' Pay-Off

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

DON'T LET IT ALL END THIS WAY, WEST HAM; Coach Who Nurtured Rio, Lamps and Carrick in Plea to Club over 'Paltry' Pay-Off

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Byline: Ken Dyer

FORMER West Ham academy director Tony Carr wants to heal the rift between him and the club he served faithfully for more than four decades.

West Ham fans are incensed by news today that Carr, who helped develop players worth PS50million in sell-on value over 43 years, said he has been offered the minimum statutory redundancy payment of PS14,000 after being told his role as a club ambassador was no longer full-time.

Carr, a player at West Ham before injury cut short his career, has been instrumental in producing a blue-chip list of players, including Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick and Joe Cole.

"I don't want things to end this way but the facts are as presented today," said the 65-year-old. "West Ham have been a way of life more than a job for me for more than 40 years and the last thing I want is to feel bitter about how things have ended.

"Yes, I did think that the offer made to me by the club was paltry but hopefully we can talk about this. …

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