ExWHUEmployee Exclusive Column: The Payet Story

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So the Payet situation is all out of the bag and it means I can speak openly about it now, something I have chosen to not do for the last two months since I knew trouble was brewing. Despite what people think of me, I do hold back on releasing info that I believe will have a negative impact on the team. The decision to tell everyone on our radio show that I knew Payet would be leaving was as a result of knowing that he wouldn’t play against Palace and that Bilic was going to explain why.

Now since the summer our French wizard has been causing problems at the club. He expressed in the summer that he wished to leave the club in January.   We made him a number of payments to keep him here including increased wages and loyalty (ironically) payments. Payet has had two pay increases in his time here and allegedly even had the cheek to demand one after the Brexit results saying that the weakness of the Pound against the Euro now he was losing wages. It was almost felt that he was joking at first but it took Cheik Kouyate pulling him aside in the changing room and telling him it affected most of the squad that he finally rejected these ludicrous demands but it had already caused tension between him and a number of players.

Despite being given an extended break from preseason because of his performances in the Euros he regularly missed training after this and many were absent without leave. This once more caused resentment in the team because it was appearing that he could get away without training when others were forced to come in.   Just before the Swansea game he had missed a couple of training sessions and reported back the day before the game and declared he would play. Had Payet not performed as well as he did in that match I think more may have been said. Payet has continually sulked in training and not shown a great interest in anything that they have done and this has continued to wind up both the management and his teammates but to an extent, although not to last years’ levels, he was still performing on the pitch so it was papering over it.

His wife and children have apparently never settled in Loughton and according to a number of people they have always said they want to return to France and that family life is “unsettled”.  Now of course I cannot confirm this and I cannot say for certain that it is true but it would make sense. As soon as Marseille came looking for him he made it very clear that he wants to go and we told him that he wouldn’t be allowed so he has since said he would not play for the club until they agree the move. The example that he is shown is one that the club do not wish to tolerate and the original plan was to keep him with us until at least the summer and fine him for breaches of the contract.   I personally would not do this and would just get rid of him as soon as possible and give us some money to buy new players but I totally respect the club’s stance.

The club and Bilic (which was shown during his Euro celebrations of Payet’s goals) have shown him continued loyalty and respect and he has failed to do the same to us. One of the factors behind signing Ayew was that he was a friend of Payet’s and we thought they would link well together! I think this is a real unfortunate of today’s game that the players hold this power. It could be said that Bilic has got a slight taste of his own medicine when he left us to join Everton because they had “more chance of winning things” however it is completely unfair on us fans who have sung his name in such adulation. Many fans have said to me recently that he will not even stop to sign autographs for young supporters anymore. It is also now embarrassing to have a giant shirt of his hanging up at the ground, which I think should now be replaced, as someone suggested to me, by a Dylan Tombides one.

A meeting was called this Monday where the directors and Slav sat down to discuss the situation with Payet and Bilic was told as the manager he has to deal with it. It was his decisions to announce the situation to the press. I am hoping now that we have this bad egg exposed and not taking part in training and matches it may unite the other players to perform more as a team and get better results. The problem for Slaven is that he needs to do this against Crystal Palace or the Payet situation could become some other manager’s problem.

If you want to talk about the Payet situation or any transfer deals I will happily discuss these at our event tomorrow. The same will be said for Steve Lomas and Mark Ward who will take questions from the floor and be around to mingle with the fans. It really is a great event and is one of the few positives things going on around the club at the moment. https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/78040/chk/ab5d


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  • H0ll0wm4n
    13th January 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks for the update. Tough to swallow, but in the long run, a lesson learned

  • Martin gibbs
    13th January 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Think you right in saying let him go now but I would tell him he ain’t going nowhere for less than 30million, he has obviously been tapped up and told to go on strike to force a cheap move, so we need to stand strong and make the most we can

  • Andrew Hosie
    13th January 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for this.

  • Jaz
    13th January 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I reckon that’s all fair with the exception of the Slav point. The reality is that historically Everton are a bigger club than us, especially then & they were winning things (95 FA Cup). Also he stayed with us to the end of the season to help us fight relegation. I can’t see how anyone could draw any kind of equivalence between his actions and Payet’s.

    If Payet had submitted a transfer request I wouldn’t have begrudged him that. Off last season & the Euros he belongs at the top level. However, while there have been moments of magic this year, his complete refusal to track back or even press further up the field have seen other players catching all sorts of flack from some fans (Ogbonna & Cresswell especially) some of which is down to their being left to have fill in on his defensive duties.

  • 13th January 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Payet refused to sign an autograph for my grandson after the Swansea game last season despite the fact the car park was chocca and his yellow Ferrari was parked right next to us personally I got no respect for footballers who are so stuck up !

  • Michael
    13th January 2017 at 5:31 pm

    All this stuff now coming out starts to explain why it’s been such a bad Season. Football is a Team game and no matter how good a player is, he is not greater than the Team!

    Bilic, by pandering to Payet has undoubtedly undermined the Team, resentment will have built up amongst the other players about any favouritism or unfair treatment and this will cause resentment amongst the other players.

    Now we hear that Payet has a history of engineering moves, that he hasn’t been training properly, even missing training without a reason and so on. All this is a killer to Team Spirit and will also undermine Bilic’s own position with the players.

    Payet’s presence at the club is now toxic, the only thing to do is to bring it all out into the open and get rid of him once a suitable offer comes in.

    The big problem is that Bilic has now got to get the existing players back on-side – it’s not going to be easy following their alienation and resentment, the only positive thing you can say is that the problem is now in the open, but Bilic undoubtedly has been weakened by him allowing the situation to come about.

    Let’s hope that tge damage to the Club is not terminal!

  • 13th January 2017 at 5:36 pm

    He saw an animal leavin’ a muddy trail,
    Real dirty face and a curly tail.
    He wasn’t too small and he wasn’t too big.
    “Ah, think I’ll call it a pig.”

    Bob Dylan 1979

  • Guss
    13th January 2017 at 5:40 pm

    “One player doesn’t make a team… But one player can destroy a team… ” I’m glad this is out as I’m sure the team sprit will lift… We have a great youth acamdey with our own talent that understand what it’s like to play the West Ham way… On wards and upwards!!! COYI

  • 13th January 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks mate things become alot clearer now

  • Lord Kevin jee
    13th January 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Is he still being paid.

  • Sim.
    13th January 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for explaining everything Ex, I think we all knew there was a problem in our club and something was wrong. His head was turned in the summer and you could see from his body language he was be leaving all the Euro hype. Sell the bad egg BUT all 35 million and nothing less has to get reinvested in the team. We should go all out for Sigurdsson who in my opinion is more consistent than Dimi. I can see a big performance now and the boys really picking up for Slav and the fans. UNITED we stand COYI

  • John Turner
    13th January 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I would take the 22 million and run. Get rid asap. 1 bad apple can cause so much grief for the team. Bye bye PAYET.

  • Trevor 1Love
    13th January 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Thanks for all you do, Ex! I’m disgusted at Payet. With so many young players struggling to break into the big time and who would sacrifice much to wear the shirt, his actions ( and lack of) speak volumes of how today’s game is played behind the scenes. I support Slav 100%. All we want to see on the field is some desire, commitment, courage and belief…win or lose…I’d pay money just to see someone get stuck into a tackle…something that was lacking in Payet’s game! Cheers, Trevor in NC

  • Grant
    13th January 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Shame you could not explain earlier as it might of stopped the anti bilic brigade but I understand your reasons why!

  • Robbie Robinson
    13th January 2017 at 6:13 pm

    A good read , thanks for Sharing with us …
    It seems Sad that if Big Sam Wins , it’s going to stack even more Pressure on Bilic ,
    Payet should of gone and soon as he started making these demands …..

  • Steve Seston
    13th January 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks for the update. I agree it’s time he should go but maybe u till the summer so he can show some loyalty and change our season around.

  • Mart
    13th January 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Why don’t we flog him for 50/60 mil and get rid of this poison from our club

  • Ian Gravett
    13th January 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks Ex sounds like it might be a good thing to just get rid, hope some of the other players might not feel like they can take the Mick. Do you know if there is more than just Payet causing unrest?? Is this the reason Bilic made remarks about ‘Training isn’t vigorous enough’.

  • Ray
    13th January 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I think get rid for as much as they can and get another striker

  • Steven Charlwood
    13th January 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I was catting to a fellow Hammer and we came to a conclusion that maybe his family might not have settled, you do though have to cut your cloth accordingly and if that means cashing in the so be it.

  • Paul Geden
    13th January 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks so much for the honest appraisal and context. I hate this type of behaviour, if I behaved like this I would lose my job and have no chance of getting another, only in football can you get away with this. The only people who really lose are the honest hard working fans who pay their hard earned salary to watch our team

  • 13th January 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Personally let him train with the under 18s,and let him rot….loyalty us fans and club have shown him,feels like a kick in the teeth…….no one is bigger than OUR club!!! Offload in the summer hopefully by then he’d have learnt some manners!!!! Coyi

  • Bordeaux Bob
    13th January 2017 at 8:13 pm

    This all makes sense. Bilic will hate himself for letting this happen.

    A tale of unrequited love.

    If they knew he wanted to leave, then he should have gone. The club could have sold him and still said, ‘we want to keep our best players but our best players never include someone who wants to leave’.

    Bilic’s poor game plans and the clubs inability to sign quality players are unconnected to this story and must be addressed.

    The club should ban loyalty payments. No value in that. Bilic and Di Canio demanded these too.

    They will win tomorrow, Payet will leave and our fans will damage him in a way that will make the Ince treatment look mild. It’s in their locker and it will be something funny. I would advise him never to have a website for his fans.

    Ignore the links to other UK clubs. It won’t happen.If he played for a UK club, all football fans would get to him.

    Marseille will sign him and he will fade away. His moment in the sun has been and gone and ironically, we won’t miss his contribution this year in the slightest.

    A weak man who will destroy his career and his family life. I always wonder what Didier Deschamps knew that we didn’t.

  • West Ham Fan No 32
    13th January 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I think the club should refuse his excuse that he is sick and declare him on strike, apparently he turned up to training to fullfil his obligation so he could report he was sick. It is a very childish way to act, it is hard to see him ever playing for us again but come February the first things may change who knows, for somebody from humble beginnings he seems to have lost his connection with reality, probably paying him too much money is too blame, certainly in my opinion it has nothing to do with the club despite what others may say, he has looked like a petulant kid all year aswell as looking overweight from his lack of training.

  • Peter
    13th January 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Thanks Ex for the facts & details on the Payet situation.
    I appeal to the Board & Club ! Do not let him pull on our Shirt ever again.
    Sell him at good profit.
    The man is a disgrace.
    Now lets get behind our team and see them push on up the table !

  • 13th January 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I feel so sorry for the fans who pay their hard earned money to watch the team they love week in week out. The best thing it seems would be to get rid of Payet for the right price. He is no longer classed as a beloved West Ham player so its best he goes now so that the team can build on staying safe in the Premiership. He won’t be missed.

  • 13th January 2017 at 8:51 pm

    The manager should have dealt with this situation months ago, also I personally think Payet has a point as the promises he like the fans were told about players who they were going to sign all BS, West Ham as a club are embarrassing.

  • 13th January 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Wow mark ward one of my favourite all time players

  • Judge Bitch
    13th January 2017 at 9:09 pm

    You can’t be serious about Slav’s head still being on the block after all this rubbish. The ownership aren’t that thick that they’d get rid of the one bloke the support can connect to after this.

    His security as our manager needs to be nailed on by the board or they’re effectively writing this club’s suicide note.

    There’s a chance for this to have a solidifying effect on the club at least in the short term. Sack Slav and the whole place would down in flames.

  • Keith A
    13th January 2017 at 9:09 pm

    The only thing that puts a question mark on this is the demands.
    He claims it’s a family issue and yet his agent was recently asking for another £45k on top of the increased contract he signed in Feb and a subsequent £1m “loyalty” bonus so had the club paid it then what?
    Sorry it doesn’t add up.
    Personally I think Payet is a megalomaniac who believes that he is or was the club.
    We are better off without him but I just wish we would let him sweat. The fact he has supposedly agreed a contract with Marseilles is also a breach and the FA should step in if it’s true. He is under Contract to WHU.
    Just hope the boys provide a result tomorrow but I fear BFSA will exploit all this and we won’t be watching motd ….

  • Dennis Hoad
    13th January 2017 at 9:19 pm

    This just confirms that the commitment of the player since the start of the season was not the same as the previous season. that vibe has been going round the ground from the start of this season. Now we hear he refuses to play for the club… After all that swill he gave us last season. To hang on to him would be bad for our dressing room making it very unsettled. We need a good dressing room for morale as we are in the wrong half of the table. I say get rid of him

  • Grant Breddy
    13th January 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Sell him and buy depay

  • 13th January 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Desperate to come to one of the pre match events but can’t stand the beers on offer! I have tweeted West Ham Way but never get a response. Want to see if poss to pay maybe £10 to get in then purchase other beers over the counter??

    • ExWHUEmployee
      13th January 2017 at 10:01 pm

      It is best to tweet ExWHUEmployee rather than the West Ham Way. This isn’t something we usually do but we could offer a (kids ticket) which is £15 and then you purchase your own drinks from the paid counter.

  • mike
    13th January 2017 at 10:14 pm

    makes sense to get shot of the selfish git and bring in players who wont to play including youngsters

  • 13th January 2017 at 10:17 pm

    How can one person really believe they can hold a club to ransom in that fashion. Surely logic would say eventually they are going to say p**s off. We are bigger than you and hold the cards. Who was he before? What he will become remains to be seen. But with an attitude like that he could end it being a real ‘nowhere man’ trouble causers are not liked or welcome in most teams. He better be wary. As for me, I say so long and just remember who gave you a chance to shine. We’ve had better more loyal players than you. You’ll be remembered but for the wrong reasons. E.g, Ince

  • Martin G
    13th January 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Should have sold him in the summer when there was a queue for him. He should have been outed fined etc for not training etc, let’s hope we pull together tomorrow and play well to beat Palace.

    Think he would have grown up a bit by the age of thirty.

  • Stanhammer
    13th January 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Bilic has put himself in a situation where previous success is seen as because of Payet ,he now installs some discipline in this squad or he will be replaced with someone who will.

  • john ledington
    13th January 2017 at 11:30 pm

    A sad indictment of the modern game, disloyal, ego maniacs, get rid of him now to the highest bidder.

  • Chris
    13th January 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I honestly feel betrayed by payet as a hammers fan! He started so well and then this! Thanks for the update it does explain loads. If he didn’t want to stay why did he sign a 5 year deal? Personally we should offer him to Chinese clubs, tell him if he wants to join Marseille he’ll have to go via China! Milk every last penny from him! If he’s that unhappy and that’s the only option he can either play in China or constantly warm a bench and not get paid or played!

  • Jacqui
    14th January 2017 at 12:04 am

    Unless we need the money I don’t think we should cave in and let him go. It is obviously the Payet “situation” that has been unsettling the team this season. Why should we give into his demands. His lack of loyalty to the club and fans that have totally supported him since he joined the club is despicable. Let him go on the Club’s terms not his!!!

  • Xrchxe1233
    14th January 2017 at 12:09 am

    No I disagree let him rot with the under 23s for as long as possible

  • James Schofield
    14th January 2017 at 12:44 am

    I think if we want a good sum of money for Payet we will need to wait until the summer to sell him. The January window isn’t the most suitable to sell and replace. At least with the summer we have a long enough period to find the right player or players. Our main focus needs to be on a striker and a right back this month. As a lot have stated, a player isn’t bigger than the club, but this sudden story has made that the case. Let’s focus on the players who have given their all but not received the compliments they deserve because of the fame of Payet.

  • John Turrell
    14th January 2017 at 2:54 am

    Yes he needs to go.
    His form has been poor compared to last year and the comradeship isnt the same, the spark has dimmed somewhat so maybe it’s for the best.
    Change is good and bad but in this case I think it’s for the best.

  • Gary Shannon
    14th January 2017 at 4:57 am

    If he only wants to play for a winning team then he is not a team player ,,,, West ham are a team , so get rid of him

  • Zanderhammer
    14th January 2017 at 6:47 am

    He has the same agent as mine st Sunderland who is taking the huff …he is toxic get rid now asap nuff said

  • Martin
    14th January 2017 at 7:15 am

    The res for the rest of his contract by time its finished he will be to old

  • Daveo
    14th January 2017 at 7:45 am

    Such a shame a player of such class on the field, can’t appear to have the same class off the field. I hope by leaving him out of the side, fining him, not letting him train with any of the sides. Get behind SLAV and the team that is left, and hope they can get on with the job of becoming a team and winning without Payet. We should if we can afford to hang on to him till the next transfer window, give him the ultimatum that if he plays and plays well we will allow him to go, if not then leave him to rot!!! He is running out of years 28 so 2-3 years is all I recon he has left at a top flight club maybe 4 at WEST HAM (Sorry if I upset some peeps you but fact is we are not yet there as a top flight club, middle of the table would be more appropriate) not bitter as I like most have enjoyed watching a great player perform some magic and memorable moments. But I am like most WHTID supporters am extreamly disappointed at the way Payet has treated my club. So in SUMMERY
    1. Keep him till the next transfer window
    2. Sell him only if he has performed and acted like a professional
    3. Once sold hope the fuck he breaks his leg in several places and can never play again!!
    Now that would be karma good and proper.

  • Fraser Donaldson
    14th January 2017 at 8:03 am

    Payet is an unbelievable talent and it’s been a pleasure to watch him when he’s on top of his game but if this is true all I can say is what an arsehole he is ….. to earn the money he does & receive the adulation he has would be most schoolboys’ dream and this is how he reacts. Get rid soon & take as much cash as we can get! He clearly doesn’t realise that West Ham will be fine without him and that we’ll be here long after he disappears in to the sunset!

  • Sean1895
    14th January 2017 at 8:56 am

    It’s sad to say but he has to go asap. Undoubtedly one of the most talented players the club has ever had, but we don’t want players who don’t want us.
    Sell him, make a nice profit and move on. It’s a business these days and that’s how it is.
    Will always respect his talent but “adios amigo, es hora ir!”

  • 14th January 2017 at 9:15 am

    If he’s not training for the first team he’s not going to train with the reserves.
    Seems that he only wants to return to France which limits our selling options take the 22 and get over him asap

  • Carl Benson
    14th January 2017 at 9:59 am

    The shirt and pictures of him with the song we made for him should all be removed before fans smash it up. Or to satisfy the fans it should be place somewhere we can watch it being burnt. He is lower than Paul Ince.
    Payet you are the lowest snake the football world has seen.
    To WHUFC only sell to the biggest buyers. I hope he lands in China. To sell to the french club for half his value would let everyone know we are pushovers.

  • Benzo
    14th January 2017 at 10:14 am

    Great piece ax always mate. He needs to be sold to Marseille ASAP so we can reinvest. He’s done with us and I’m done with him!!!

  • 14th January 2017 at 10:24 am

    wow i never knew any of this, but why would us fans know this, we just pay to watch the football. All them times sining the song, but in reality he was holding the club to ransom every single time. Every single goal meant nothing to him. And all the so called hammers fans salgging of nobes saying lack of pace etc, trying to keep payet happy. i say cash in on him..he certainly wont be remembered as a great

  • Jumpstart
    14th January 2017 at 10:44 am

    This situation should not have been allowed to go like it did it undermined the other players and also makes the management side and board look very very weak and that any player could get away with what Payer was doing,Results this season have been dredfull now it seems this is the reason,with any luck now the team will kick on starting with palace,I have to say the situation was made worse by a weak board and management to allow him ty I get away with so much when the rest of the squad were working hard they must have been raging.Sell him get the rat out but don’t take less them £35m.

  • Tony Monk
    14th January 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I think that you need to fine him and take back most of his money back and dont pay him any more see how he likes that

  • 14th January 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Great write up and it’s a shame a player of his calibre should be so disloyal to a club that threw everything at him to keep him happy. I cannot believe he wants to go back to Marseille either. I know they have new money now and have been promised a giant cheque-book to rebuild the squad, but Marseille? Really? I know how much money he was on a week and and where he lived in Loughton and cannot believe this guy’s audacity. Looks like he was using familiar tactics to that of Barcelona when the Blaugrana club told Cesc Fabregas to down tools and force the club to sell him. Hammers should get rid of him as he’s obviously a cancer and it will (probably has) upset the rest of the players and cause resentment.

  • Vinnie
    14th January 2017 at 12:47 pm

    As he’s still at westham don’t give me no wages and bench him for the rest of his time cause he can score a couple free kicks does it mean anytning?

  • Michael Gomes
    14th January 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Hey Ex thanks for that article on Dimitri Payet now I know what kind of man he is just a selfish guy who only cares about himself greedy c@@@ eh? The sooner he goes back to Marseille the better for everyone connected to West Ham Utd FC ok.

  • the.chattaways47@gmail.com
    14th January 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Will they go after him for the so called loyalty payments? Also will they withhold his pay for breach of contract?

  • Mick
    14th January 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Surely you dont get paid if you’re on strike….Let him rot on strike for the remainder of his long contract and that should see his career out!…forgotten for the next 4 years!

  • Simmi
    14th January 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Sell him..for 30 mill..to a foreign club.. He said he loved how the fans sing his name, let’s see what the fans sing about him today..

  • Barbara
    14th January 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I personally think his attitude stinks people have bought season tickets off the back of him. And this is disgraceful for a professional footballer ha ha. To act in this way.There are loads of young kids who idolise him and are now so disappointed in him. Just let him go now because he will just chuck his dummy out the pram. Act with some dignity and respect Payet. Very disappointed and angry

  • Steven
    14th January 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Let him rot that would be worth losing the money we paid for him and when he is no longer any good no one will want him

  • Eddie
    15th January 2017 at 1:12 am

    Thank you for the information. Also, is he being paid?

  • Nicko
    16th January 2017 at 9:42 am

    Remarkable if true. I remember his rabona cross in the first game. It was at once delightful and disturbing. A beautiful piss take that disrespected the opposition, his team and the game but ended up as an assist. Now makes sense.

  • Andy Papas
    27th January 2017 at 7:33 am

    I think we are all being too harsh on Payet. Maybe his family can’t settle. Family first I say. However it is no excuse not to be professional etc. However ias he wanted to move then he should be moved on ASAP. No point in setting an example. WHU should be bigger than that.

  • Michael
    27th January 2017 at 7:38 am

    Slap an immediate £50m price tag on him. If no one bites, fine him a weeks wages for every week he refuses to play or transgresses, I.e. costs us nothing to keep him.

  • paul
    13th January 2018 at 7:08 pm

    So nothing to do with getting a bird up the duff abd his missus going mad and demanding he returns to France