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I can't really see why the sudden outburst about McCarthy. Yes - he is a decent finisher - but he is rarely in the right place these days anyway. He is frequently off-side, he has no pace - and IMO is

McCarthy has only himself to blame for his lack of match time this season. He returned to the club clearly overweight after a summer of excess, was plainly unfit at the start of the season and since

Robbie Savage has said this on his column in the Mirror: Benni is a great striker who would score plenty of goals and keep West Ham up. But - how shall I put this - he's a bit laid back sometimes. I

People are deluding themselves thinking anyone would have offered anything more than between 5-8 million for him even 2 years ago for a 30 year old. Knowing the history our club has in selling players, be sure that had a decent offer been made for him back then he would have been sold earlier.

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Insisting McCarthy’s decision had more to do with a wages hike of £15,000 to £50,000-a-week rather than playing time

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce said: ‘If you’re at a club you have to play for your place, World Cup or not. you’re not consistent enough then you don’t get in the side.

‘It’s a player’s responsibility to give his best performance every week. The reason he is going will be the size of the contract and the money.

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You can criticise McCarthy all you want but in my opinion he's been a very good player for us and one of the best players in term of techincial skill to ever grace the Rovers shirt . In his first season he was particularly brilliant since then he's been a bit hit and miss, but for the large part he's been a key player in our team. Even when he wasn't playing at his optimium level he still came up with the goods in terms of goals. We probably wouldn't even be in the Premiership if it wasn't for all thoose vital goals he scored towards the end of last season.

Seemingly the new regime under Big Sam particualry since the beginning of this season has seen Benni not get as much time on the pitch as he would like in the build up to the World Cup in his own country. Obviously some sort of issue between McCarthy and Big Sam. Not really difficult to see how it might have arose. McCarthy is a flair and specialist player who can only be used effectively if he's got a strike partner and with the ball played along the floor. Whereas Big Sam is more a 4-5-1 man with a direct style of play and prefers players who "put in a shift". In many ways Benni was always a round peg in square hole under our current tactics and style of play under Big Sam.

I don't blame either Big Sam or Benni, sometimes in football there's just a clash of personalties and the only option is for the player in question to leave. Fergie/Becks, Souey/Dunn are just two example i'm sure there's many more you can think of.

Yes Benni had his flaws, but don't all players? I'd prefer to reflect on the good and all the joy he brought us during his time at the club. Quite fitting his last game at Ewood for us was the Fulham game, in which he was the best player on the pitch by a country mile and demonstrated some of his sublime ball skills. That begs the question is it a mistake to sell him? in terms of player quality I'd say yes because we'll do well to find a player of a similiar quality for the price and it puts a lot of pressure of Kalinic now if our replacement for McCarthy doesn't fire. In terms of team morale and dressing room harmony? probably yes.

But overall I'd like wish Benni good luck at the Hammers and thank him for all the good memories.

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Still to think we could have got close to ten times what we have received two years ago is a little depressing.

If that was true there is no way we would have held on to him, Chelsea were trying to get him on the cheap to bulk their squad out a bit. If Chelsea had got near double figures (in millions) then he'd have been off like a shot.

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Sad way for it to end. He had the footballing talent and intelligence which could compare to some of the Ewood greats', yet his off the field attitude has always left a lot to be desired. The childish way in which he has behaved over the past week shows that he is not right for this club.

He will do well for West Ham, as he did well for us when we first signed him. But in a years' time i doubt the name of Benni McCarthy will be ringing around Upton Park too often.

Up until the New Year, Benni was always a player who I considered to have the footballing ability to overshadow some of his flaws off the pitch, however, now I think its clear that despite how talented he clearly is, his commitment and desire was always lacking. When he was interested, he was almost unplayable but too often you got the feeling that he'd rather be somewhere else.

The way in which he has conducted himself recently will leave a sour taste in the mouth and forever taint the memories of his time here.

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Sad way for it to end. He had the footballing talent and intelligence which could compare to some of the Ewood greats', yet his off the field attitude has always left a lot to be desired. The childish way in which he has behaved over the past week shows that he is not right for this club.

He will do well for West Ham, as he did well for us when we first signed him. But in a years' time i doubt the name of Benni McCarthy will be ringing around Upton Park too often.

Up until the New Year, Benni was always a player who I considered to have the footballing ability to overshadow some of his flaws off the pitch, however, now I think its clear that despite how talented he clearly is, his commitment and desire was always lacking. When he was interested, he was almost unplayable but too often you got the feeling that he'd rather be somewhere else.

The way in which he has conducted himself recently will leave a sour taste in the mouth and forever taint the memories of his time here.

Agreed. Hopefully Sam has plan A B and C lined up which will probably bring Beattie back. He has as much incentive to kick start his career as Benni. Home town boy like Dunn coming home. It's as good as it gets unless Eidur is going to come in on loads of wonga which I doubt.

I really hope Benni the Belly doesn't play against us on Saturday. I am not sure I could stand itif he scores.

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I can't believe what I am reading here thinking back today first off for going awol he should never get paid as he refused to turn up for training also I see blaming SA for him going is total madness I suppose now if he does not get the call up for the world cup I suppose it is Sam's fault? blame everyone else it is clearly his own fault he is paid a handsome sum to make sure he is fit and available for selection hitting his weight targets yes maybe he did not fit in with BFS system but he still an an obligation to the contract stay fit and challenge whoever is starting for a first team place and I have to say after his antics I would not be at all surprised if the manager of S.Africa does not pick him I have to say I back Sam on his stance because whatever happened there is no excuse for not turning up for training am glad he's gone as he can't cause dressing room unrest we can get someone in who wants to play for the shirt bye bye fatty don't let the barndoor hit you on the way out

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cant knock his first season with the club. Since then he hasnt been the same, scored a lot of penalties, and a few goals, but nothing on the impact he made in his first year. Great business for the club, re-couping a large amount of the fee paid. We signed a 'hungry striker', and after his goal filled first year, his hunger for goals changed to a hunger for food.

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I'm going to miss him. He was the only player left in his squad who I thought could really produce something out of nothing at any moment. He hasn't done it much lately, but you always knew when he had the ball that you could be about to witness a moment of pure inspiration. I'll probably end up remembering him for the firs season he was here and for the part he played in the Hughes regime.

Very good signing for the club and most likely one of the most talented players that we've ever had. Shame that he couldn't stay focused and fit, but can't help but feel this was mismanaged. Fact of the matter is that he wasn't an Allardyce player and he was never going to be. Even Allardyce owes a lot to Benni, he played a big part in our turn-around in December and January of last year. I hope that we get to see a player of his talent again sometime soon, but I'm not holding my breath. Hopefully he won't score too many at West Ham.

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Sad to see him go, but can imagine that when not playing and not getting himself fit he's a disruptive element in the dressing room. Can we get anything proven that Kalinic can work off for the kind of money WH are paying for Benni? Beattie perhaps but imo that's a risky signing, he hasn't proven himself in the top flight for a number of years now.

We always sell before we buy. From a pure business stance that's okay but if yet again we don't have a replacement lined up we're asking for trouble.

Why are we always waiting to be in a rush come end of the transfer windows?

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AWOL Benni McCarthy should remember who gave him his Premier League chance

"His latest appeal is that he needs to wants to join West Ham to realise his dream of starring in the World Cup in his homeland.

The irony is, he has the chance to do that at Blackburn - if he would only take it"

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Lancashire Telegraph reports of £2 million agreed and Benni expected to complete move soon.

Player power has won through again I see. Does anyone ever stop to think why we all bother?

AWOL Benni McCarthy should remember who gave him his Premier League chance

"His latest appeal is that he needs to wants to join West Ham to realise his dream of starring in the World Cup in his homeland.

Makes a nice change from the 'I want to play for bobby moore, martin peters and geoff hursts old club' routine that Neill shamefully used. Basically "WHU are offering most money" would cause far less animosity on the basis that we could all easily understand it.

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I can't believe what I am reading here thinking back today first off for going awol he should never get paid as he refused to turn up for training also I see blaming SA for him going is total madness I suppose now if he does not get the call up for the world cup I suppose it is Sam's fault? blame everyone else it is clearly his own fault he is paid a handsome sum to make sure he is fit and available for selection hitting his weight targets yes maybe he did not fit in with BFS system but he still an an obligation to the contract stay fit and challenge whoever is starting for a first team place and I have to say after his antics I would not be at all surprised if the manager of S.Africa does not pick him I have to say I back Sam on his stance because whatever happened there is no excuse for not turning up for training am glad he's gone as he can't cause dressing room unrest we can get someone in who wants to play for the shirt bye bye fatty don't let the barndoor hit you on the way out

Punctuation? And paragraphs please.

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AWOL Benni McCarthy should remember who gave him his Premier League chance

"His latest appeal is that he needs to wants to join West Ham to realise his dream of starring in the World Cup in his homeland.

The irony is, he has the chance to do that at Blackburn - if he would only take it"

As he wants to leave Rovers I would be happy for him to go to WHU - he can go on Sunday after Rovers play WHU. Or friday evening, leaving it too late to play.

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I'm going to miss him. He was the only player left in his squad who I thought could really produce something out of nothing at any moment. He hasn't done it much lately, but you always knew when he had the ball that you could be about to witness a moment of pure inspiration. I'll probably end up remembering him for the firs season he was here and for the part he played in the Hughes regime.

Very good signing for the club and most likely one of the most talented players that we've ever had. Shame that he couldn't stay focused and fit, but can't help but feel this was mismanaged. Fact of the matter is that he wasn't an Allardyce player and he was never going to be. Even Allardyce owes a lot to Benni, he played a big part in our turn-around in December and January of last year. I hope that we get to see a player of his talent again sometime soon, but I'm not holding my breath. Hopefully he won't score too many at West Ham.

Mismanaged by all 3 Rovers managers he "worked" for Eddie! Admittedly one was an idiot.

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You can criticise McCarthy all you want but in my opinion he's been a very good player for us and one of the best players in term of techincial skill to ever grace the Rovers shirt . In his first season he was particularly brilliant since then he's been a bit hit and miss, but for the large part he's been a key player in our team. Even when he wasn't playing at his optimium level he still came up with the goods in terms of goals. We probably wouldn't even be in the Premiership if it wasn't for all thoose vital goals he scored towards the end of last season.

Seemingly the new regime under Big Sam particualry since the beginning of this season has seen Benni not get as much time on the pitch as he would like in the build up to the World Cup in his own country. Obviously some sort of issue between McCarthy and Big Sam. Not really difficult to see how it might have arose. McCarthy is a flair and specialist player who can only be used effectively if he's got a strike partner and with the ball played along the floor. Whereas Big Sam is more a 4-5-1 man with a direct style of play and prefers players who "put in a shift". In many ways Benni was always a round peg in square hole under our current tactics and style of play under Big Sam.

I don't blame either Big Sam or Benni, sometimes in football there's just a clash of personalties and the only option is for the player in question to leave. Fergie/Becks, Souey/Dunn are just two example i'm sure there's many more you can think of.

Yes Benni had his flaws, but don't all players? I'd prefer to reflect on the good and all the joy he brought us during his time at the club. Quite fitting his last game at Ewood for us was the Fulham game, in which he was the best player on the pitch by a country mile and demonstrated some of his sublime ball skills. That begs the question is it a mistake to sell him? in terms of player quality I'd say yes because we'll do well to find a player of a similiar quality for the price and it puts a lot of pressure of Kalinic now if our replacement for McCarthy doesn't fire. In terms of team morale and dressing room harmony? probably yes.

But overall I'd like wish Benni good luck at the Hammers and thank him for all the good memories.

Good to see someone putting forward a balanced perspective on this.

Yes, he his out of order for engineering a move by failing to turn up for training but some people have short memories.

I can think of several occasions when Benni has scored that all important goal or tucked away a crucial penalty that has meant a valuable 3 points. I have often said to myself, "Thank you Benni for being so cool under such pressure, you are a class player".

Also, as Grizfoot points out there was only one player on the park who showed any class against Fulham.

90% of members on this board are against hoofball and playing one up front.

Ask yourself, Do you honestly think this style of football suits him. In his position you would be really brassed off sat on the bench against Villa after putting in a big performance a few days before. I always thought that if you are given the opportunity to shine and took your chance, then you would keep the shirt for the next game.

The only person to come out of this with any credit is BS. It's only a couple of weeks ago that he was seriously panicking about his job and a large percentage of our supporters wanted him out. My God, it's a sad day when you get chastised for having the bottle to take a short corner against the managers wishes.

I could have sworn that I heard Benni's name chanted several times against Fulham, or maybe I was mistaken. Perhaps it was just Grizfoot and myself?.

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Good to see someone putting forward a balanced perspective on this.

Yes, he his out of order for engineering a move by failing to turn up for training but some people have short memories.

I can think of several occasions when Benni has scored that all important goal or tucked away a crucial penalty that has meant a valuable 3 points. I have often said to myself, "Thank you Benni for being so cool under such pressure, you are a class player".

Also, as Grizfoot points out there was only one player on the park who showed any class against Fulham.

90% of members on this board are against hoofball and playing one up front.

Ask yourself, Do you honestly think this style of football suits him. In his position you would be really brassed off sat on the bench against Villa after putting in a big performance a few days before. I always thought that if you are given the opportunity to shine and took your chance, then you would keep the shirt for the next game.

The only person to come out of this with any credit is BS. It's only a couple of weeks ago that he was seriously panicking about his job and a large percentage of our supporters wanted him out. My God, it's a sad day when you get chastised for having the bottle to take a short corner against the managers wishes.

I could have sworn that I heard Benni's name chanted several times against Fulham, or maybe I was mistaken. Perhaps it was just Grizfoot and myself?.

I'll remember him for THAT GOAL against Arsenal which took us to the FA Cup Semi-final. But even then he was at war with the manager (Hughes). Remember he went and sat on the sub's bench to highlight the fact that Hughes hadn't been starting him? He was booked for it!

Just another piece of poor management Benni had to endure I guess!

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