Former Tottenham Hotspur star turned pundit Paul Robinson has been left with egg on his face by his old club after criticising West Ham United.
West Ham’s battle for survival and Tottenham’s fading hopes for a Champions League spot have been on hold since March due to the global health crisis.
No sooner had the dust settled on the shutdown than West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady made her position very clear.
Brady and West Ham painted as Project Restart villains
Brady wrote in The Sun that the season should be declared null and void.
That enraged fans of the likes of Liverpool and Robinson’s former club Leeds United.
As a result Brady and West Ham have become villains in a debate over the Premier League’s Project Restart.
That is despite the fact billionaire-backed Tottenham furloughed non-playing staff from the get go, a decision they have since reversed.
Spurs captain Harry Kane also insisted a line should be drawn under the season if it could not be finished by June (Sky Sports).
But it is West Ham who have carried the can most. The Hammers have become a target for the likes of Jamie Carragher and accused of self-interest.
Robinson jumped on the bandwagon on Monday, hitting out at West Ham in an interview with Football Insider.
Former Spurs star slammed West Ham over neutral grounds opposition
The ex Tottenham goalkeeper told West Ham and the other bottom five clubs to “suck it up and get on with it” as Premier League clubs met to vote on the neutral venues’ proposal for the resumption of the top flight.
“Of course teams will always be unhappy because their stadium was not used but you cannot keep everybody happy,” the former Spurs favourite told Football Insider.
“Unfortunately, they have just got to suck it up and get on with it.”
But Robinson was left with egg on his face just hours later by, amongst others, his old club Tottenham.
That’s after Premier League chief Richard Masters revealed Tottenham lead a unanimous vote AGAINST the neutral ground proposals (The Mirror).
Tottenham leave Robinson with egg on his face over Hammers outburst
“Mirror Sport has been told up to 12 clubs spoke up against neutral venues and one of the most vocal opponents from the bigger clubs is understood to be Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
Masters told The Mirror: “Just to reiterate that, I think everybody would prefer to play home and away if at all possible. And I think it’s clear to see that some clubs feel more strongly about that than others.
“Obviously from the authorities’ perspective, some authorities think that playing those matches at approved stadia, not the home venues, is the safest way forward…
“We have spoken to our clubs today about this topic. I have said it’s a live topic and we will continue to discuss it. It’s not a matter of convincing, because we need to listen to each other.”
Robinson is relatively new to the punditry game.
But that will cut him little slack with West Ham fans for his outburst.
For Hammers supporters the fact it was Robinson’s old club that ruined his argument will have a delicious irony.