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Great West Ham gesture and way beyond the call of duty

FanCast guest columnist
Dean Jenson praises the
gesture of Nani and Duxbury and hopes that it won't be long before someone can
come in and bring financial stability to the football club.

If West Ham ever needed to know how bad things are
at Upton Park then seeing both Duxbury and Nani having to take a pay cut in
order to secure the services of Mexican striker Guillermo Franco was surely it.

It was a wonderful, if not a heartening gesture from
the pair and both deserve credit for it. You would think that someone like Dean
Ashton or Kieron Dyer, who take thousands upon thousands out of the club on a
weekly basis for nothing in return, would have offered to defer a percentage of
their wages in order to help the club out, but I guess hell would have to
freeze over first before any such gesture would be forthcoming from a player. I
often wonder how much money our club has wasted on those in the treatment room
over the past few years and I bet it is a staggering amount.

While news of the duo's sacrifice has seen
supporters once again jump on the case in criticising CB, in their defence, I
believe a big part for our financial struggles in the large part is down to us
paying the price for the ill-fated employment of Carlos Tevez. A £25m  pay-out has a huge impact on us and although
it is payable over a period of five years, it is still a debt that needs paying
and will influence significantly on what budget Zola has initially has and our
chances of securing any credit and loans with the banks. The lack of funds has
meant Gianfranco has had to make do with second best in the transfer market and
it must be tough for a completely ambitious man like Zola to take.

There is a lot of talk today that David Sullivan,
who is about to step down from Birmingham, claimed that he is on the lookout
for another club – we can only hope that he and David Gold will see West Ham as
the ideal challenge. For all of CB's efforts, a change is desperately needed,
if not to bring some genuine hope and ambition to the club, but to make sure
that Zola remains committed and the plethora of young talent we currently have
at our disposal are willing to remain at Upton Park. We once famously
sacrificed one golden generation, as the club looked to balance the books, let's
hope the two Birmingham chiefs can come in and prevent history repeating itself
and look to build on these excellent foundations – the core ingredients are
here at West Ham, we just need the people behind the scenes to make sure it is


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