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West Ham legend Tony Carr makes director of football and Sam Allardyce claim as he slams GSB over treatment
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West Ham legend Tony Carr makes director of football and Sam Allardyce claim as he slams GSB over treatment

West Ham legend Tony Carr has has made a director of football and Sam Allardyce claim as he slams GSB over his treatment.

Carr became one of the most revered youth coaches in football as he served West Ham for 43 years.

West Ham are the self-styled ‘Academy of Football’ and much of that is based on Carr’s work at the club, helping to produce a plethora of players for club and country.

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The former West Ham United Academy director is a rarity in football.

For Carr is a West Ham legend without having ever having kicked a ball for his boyhood club.

Instead Carr saved and made the Hammers millions of pounds over the years as he oversaw the recruitment, coaching and development of a string of stars and internationals.

The 68-year-old brought through a golden generation for West Ham and also set the likes of John Terry on their way to careers at the very top.

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His prized talents were Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe. But there were scores of others who forged successful careers for themselves elsewhere too.

He was granted a testimonial at Upton Park in 2010 which was attended by a host of his former charges.

Carr then left West Ham under something of a cloud in 2016 after 43 years.

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In a revealing interview with The Telegraph three years ago, the legendary coach lifted the lid on his acrimonious departure.

Now Carr is the subject of a new feature by iNews ahead of the launch of his book next month – TONY CARR, From Bow to the Boleyn Ground: A Life in Football at West Ham United.

And in it West Ham legend Carr makes director of football and Sam Allardyce claims that will enrage Hammers fans as he slams GSB – the acronym for co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold and vice-chair Karren Brady – over his treatment.

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“West Ham were going to name him director of football until they discovered manager Sam Allardyce had it written in his contract that no such appointment could be made,” iNews reports.

“So they came up with a different title but, less than a year into the contract, he was called by HR and felt forced out.”

“I was upset and, after 43 years of unbroken service, I thought it could have been handled better,” Carr writes.

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“It may not have changed the outcome, but it would have shown some respect for a lifetime of dedication to the club.

“This wasn’t the West Ham United way that I thought I knew. So that was it after 43 years! It ended on a sad, unnecessarily bitter note.”

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