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Paul Ince reacts after being told some West Ham fans had turned on Carlton Cole over comments
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Paul Ince reacts after being told some West Ham fans had turned on Carlton Cole over comments

It may be over 30 years since Paul Ince’s controversial departure from West Ham United but the subject still hits a nerve on both sides.

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Ince completed a highly controversial transfer to Manchester United for £1million back in 1989.

The brilliant midfielder had been photographed in a Man United kit long before the transfer was complete. And it ended up appearing in the Daily Express.

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The initial move was postponed after he failed a medical, but was eventually sorted.

It would be the start of a tempestuous relationship between West Ham fans and Ince.

Hammers supporters labelled Ince a ‘Judas’ and subjected him to years of abuse.

Ince, who has since blamed his agent of the time, has been complimentary of West Ham since retiring from playing.

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But Ince offered a sarcastic response to West Ham fans when appearing as a guest on Sky Sports’s Monday Night Football.

Ince was in the studio for Liverpool’s defeat to Southampton and after the game discussed his career from the West Ham days through to management.

During the show, former Hammers favourite and current club ambassador Carlton Cole took to Twitter to praise Ince.

“Paul Ince, what a ledge,” Cole said on Twitter.

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Ince offers sarcastic response after being told reaction of some Hammers fans to Cole comments

Cole was scolded by some West Ham fans who will never forgive Ince for the manner of his departure.

But Cole defended his comments and went further.

“Sorry if my post disgruntled you, but I was six years old when the whole Incey drama went down,” Cole said on Twitter.

“Some of you giving me stick weren’t even born. He didn’t leave on good terms with the club but to me he was England’s first black captain and seeing that as a youth made me believe.”

In the studio it was put to Ince that Cole had been criticised by West Ham fans for praising Ince.

And the former midfielder reacted saying: “There’s a shock.”

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