Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Pardew: More beans for Keane

Alan Pardew has appealed to West Ham's beancounters to allow him to sign Roy Keane at what is, by any standards, a hugely inflated weekly wage.

"I'm sure there would be a queue of clubs interested in taking Roy, but if there was any chance he would come here, I hope we would try everything to get him to West Ham," Pardew told the Evening Standard. "We do have a wage structure, but for a player of Roy's calibre I would ask the chairman and the board to do everything they could."

Given that his wages at Old Trafford were in the reported region of £90,000 a week, one would expect Keane to sign on a one-year contract at perhaps £60,000 a week.

Given that most of West Ham's squad are probably being paid between about £10,000 and £20,000 a week, this is a huge gamble, and for what benefit?

West Ham are halfway to safety now, although we should still be wary of relegation, and realistically we're not going to end up in the top 6. At best Roy Keane would make the difference between being, say, 15th and being 13th. Yay. At worst he would drain our coffers, sit injured on the bench, and upset the team spirit that Pardew has worked so hard to build. I think the risk is too great.

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