Carlton Cole may not go down in the history books as one of England’s greatest strikers, but he will always hold a special place in the heart of West Ham United fans.
The forward spent nine years at the East London outfit across two spells and made a total of 293 appearances wearing claret and blue.
During his time at the club, Cole scored 41 Premier League goals before leaving the Hammers in 2015 to sign for Celtic.
The forward had a spell at Sacramento Republic and then Persib Bandung, but has now decided to call it a day at the age of 34.
In an interview with West Ham TV, Cole revealed that he is now focusing on mentoring young children that are hoping to break into football.
The former striker also issued a rallying cry to the supporters following the unsavoury scenes that marred the club’s last Premier League match.
A number of fans made their way onto the pitch during the team’s 3-0 defeat to Burnley at the London Stadium to protest against the club’s board.
Cole’s decision to step away from the game has got plenty of West Ham supporters talking.
— Fabian WHUFC (@WHUFC_USA_2008) March 29, 2018
A Big heart that always wanted the best for the club. Thanks Mr Cole
— Tack Hammer (@tack_hammer) March 30, 2018
One of my favourite West Ham personalities, limited as a player, but a top top man.
— John (@0703jab) March 29, 2018