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By ESPN Staff
Aug 7, 2003

Your verdict: Veron, Cole...

No guessing which stories have been provoking your thoughts over the last coupe of days.

Chelsea's summer spending spree has now consumed £15m Juan Sebastian Veron from Manchester United and £6.6m Joe Cole from West Ham.

And raging Reds, unhappy Hammers and beaming Blues have been emailing newsdesk@soccernet.com.

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    Your Verdict:

    Too many midfielders, says Fergie. So what do you do? Get rid of your best midfielder. Why not get rid of Nicky Butt? Ferguson has lost his head. Man United will have the most dissappointing season ever. They just sold the most gifted midfielder I have ever seen.

    Gary, Canada


    Every Utd fan knows that following Wes Brown's injury (and the expected retirement of Blanc) and given our over-reliance on Ruud up front, the two priorities for the transfer season were to buy another defender - it took Fergie three months and an injury to Gary Neville to realize this? - and a proven, established striker or no. 10 player.

    We lost the race to land Ronaldinho and had no back-up plan. Meanwhile, one of the best strikers in the world (Makaay) just signed for Bayern (I am sure that if we had chased him he would have preferred us to them). We also have four international goalkeepers which is obviously not a sustainable situation.

    Lucas Black


    Manchester United have made 40 million pounds out of the sale of Beckham and Veron. Who has profited? Has the football club been replaced by a financial institution?

    Gordon Lampitt


    Seba Veron would not only be an extra man for the midfield pool, but a source of inspiration or a spark of genious that we need should Scholes be playing forward or Giggs is injured, now that Beckham has departed. Can any other player match Veron's passing ability and ball control?

    I hope Kleberson and Djemba Djemba progress well and are successful at United - I am glad we have some new faces - but the fact that Seba is going to Chelsea makes me annoyed. He could go to Italy and fit in sooner with the style of game he was used to at Lazio. That would justify him moving.

    Too many midfielders? Maybe. Future problems if nobody sold? Maybe. Too much experience and class? Definitely not.

    Tom Ternent, Manchester, England.


    First Beckham, now Veron...Who is next? United have four players that every supporter would agree were priceless. These are Beckham, Giggs, Van Nistelrooy and Veron. Two of these players have been sold without players of equivalent ability being brought in.

    Kenyon should get out now, before any more damage is done and let Alex do his job with the quality players he wants. United need to be more like Real Madrid. The driving force of Madrid is success on the pitch, and then finances. The board need to take a leaf out of their book instead of selling our best players to them.

    Simarjot Judge, London


  • And in the Blue corner...

    What is a horrible move for United could prove a great one for Chelsea and England. All Chelsea needs is another top flight striker and they will be ready to challenge for the title. They already have a very formidable defence. I can't wait to see them play United.

    Heath Corlew, North Carolina


    In my humble opinion, if Chelsea add a good central defender who can change or play along with Desailly and Gallas, Blues will authomatically become a serious candidate for the Premier League title. Claudio Ranieri is a great manager, he will do a great job!

    Nicola Bonafini, Italy


  • Hammers fans have had their say after Joe Cole's exit...

    As a long time Hammers supporter (nearly 50 years now), it strikes me that a complete clean out is required at West Ham. Once the home of the talented, free flowing footballers who grew from the youth ranks to mature, strong professionals, this club appears to be on a "self destruct" course.

    In recent weeks, and the past couple of years, they have sold Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Kanoute, Johnson, Les Ferdinand and several other good players. I kept telling my son not to worry as long as Joe Cole remained. Boy was I wrong! As a consequence, we are, in my opinion, doomed to life in the First Division, possibly the Second! What an exciting prospect. The people of East London deserve more. Generally speaking, real West Ham fans must be appalled, as I am. Bobby Moore must be turning in his grave!

    Chris Earnshaw


    For the first time since winning the FA cup in 1964 I have to say that I will not be following West Ham this season.

    The board are an absolute disgrace, it is scandalous what they have allowed to happen at Upton Park. I am beginning to wonder if some aren't just trying to "cash-in" before they desert a sinking ship, because sinking is definitely what the good ship Hammers is doing.

    Bringing in the cash by selling or releasing all the real quality players will almost guarantee they stay in Division 1. They then won't be able to attract new quality players or a decent manager, which will further prolong the agony.

    Should they be lucky enough to gain promotion back to the Premiership, they won't have either the players to last, or the cash to buy.

    Short sighted is an understatement. Just look at the names that have gone in the last 12 months or so...Redknapp, Lampard, Ferdinand (Rio), DiCanio, Bowyer, Kanoute, Cole, Ferdinand (Les), Cole, Defoe...there is almost a quality Premiership first team right there. And excuse me for asking, but where is the money?

    Board of directors? Board of defectors more like. Sack the lot of them. Up the Blues!

    SS


    Harry Redknapp has hit the nail on the head. Get rid of the board at West Ham!!! If the club gets back into the Premiership and it's now a very big IF, how the hell do they survive? I have been a Hammers fan for over 35 years and I will always support them but I'm not looking forward with much hope that they will ever do anything in the future.

    Mike Sheppard, Brisbane.


    I can understand the grief of the West Ham fans. As much as they are looking towards returning back to the Premiership, the chances of that happening are slim with the sale of all the stars. However, one thing they have to understand is that the financial infrastructure is drastically different between the Premier League and Division 1.

    It is hard for these relegated teams to survive with the same wage bills and budgets that they had become accustomed to. The only viable source of income, especially with the collapse of the TV deals last year, is through the sale of players.

    Beyond that, many of these young players are looking to advance their international careers. With the carrot of European football dangling in front of him, it was inevitable that Joe Cole would leave.

    West Ham fans should have braced themselves for this at the end of last season. Just as David Beckham was going to leave Manchester United after not winning the Champions League again, Joe Cole and company were bound to dream of a move after the Hammers finally went down.

    Ven Shanmugam


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