Some West Ham United fans are not happy after the club announced cult hero Winston Reid has left after 11 years.
Reid is a man who will forever hold a place in the hearts of West Ham fans.
A fine defender in his prime, his name is written into West Ham folklore.
Famous goals against Millwall and that winner in the thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester United on Upton Park’s unforgettable farewell have seen to that.
His Hammers career effectively ended when he suffered a serious knee and back injury against Swansea in 2018.
Reid completed something of a surprise loan move to then Championship side Brentford last season and helped them get promoted to the Premier League.
Now West Ham have announced Reid has left the club having reached a mutual agreement to terminate his contract – which remarkably still had nearly two years to run (whufc.com).
“The club can confirm it has reached an agreement with Reid for the New Zealand international to depart and allow him to pursue first-team football elsewhere,” West Ham said in a statement on the club’s official website.
“The 33-year-old has been a loyal and dependable servant ever since signing in the summer of 2010, and paid tribute to his time in East London and his relationship with the Claret and Blue Army upon his departure.”
That tribute came in the form of a video interview with Reid on the club’s website.
But many West Ham fans feel Reid has left the club through the back door and deserved a more fitting send-off.
Others feel Reid’s departure was long overdue having not played a competitive game for the Hammers for years.