End of the road for Tweeter Odemwingie?
Oh Peter, how did it come to this?
A week or so ago, his place in Albion fans hearts was getting to Bob Taylor levels. Derby goals will do that. He would never have had to buy a pint of the black stuff again around these parts. Despite QPR's public advances, he told everyone this was his club and that he was settled. Most fell for it. Personally, I never bought it. He has always been just a tapping up away from a move. A perfect client for any agent.
Until Saturday night, I think many Baggies may have been fairly forgiving of Pete if he had come out with some well chosen words when putting in his request. Honest words about wanting to make one last big money move which would potentially double his income.
A footballer's career is a short one, and making as much money as you can, whilst you can, is understandable. Not many people would turn their nose up to a chance to increase their income so much.
Even a transfer request, quietly done, would have been forgivable. It happens all the time, often without fans knowing. Even with it being turned down, the two clubs could then have quietly negotiated and all parties could have got somewhere near to all getting a satisfactory outcome.
The fans would have been sad to see him go but given the goals and entertainment that he has provided, he could have gone with some goodwill intact. We have had our moneys worth.
Alas, one ill advised statement and a meltdown on Twitter later, any goodwill has now gone and the situation is a complete and utter mess. I have had many a night on Guinness but the only repercussion I have had to deal with have been with my internal workings. It has probably cost Pete 80k and a whole lot of abuse and loss of support.
His statement showed him to be a man without any class. Designed to cause maximum damage to the bridges between him and the manager and fans. Bar a Tevez or Rooney style turnaround, there is no way back. His veiled attack on past and present managers and backing of Redknapp was appalling. That alone dissolved any goodwill I had.
To then criticise the club for not accepting below value offers, whilst trying to maximise his own income, tells you all you need to know about his motives.
Compare this to the rumoured contract that Jonas Olsson recently signed. A contract that protects himself but ensures that the club does well out of it too if he goes in the summer. He could have quite easily let the contract run down with us ending with nothing. Now there is a man with class and as much loyalty as you will likely see in the mainly loyalty free zone that is football.
As for the tweets. At least one or two were coherent enough to show his motives. One in particular talked about a Russian saying that it wasn't about the money but how much. Most of the other tweets made the old press mutterings of Cantona look normal. It was car crash twittering at its finest. Joey Barton has lost his crown.
So we are now mid mess. Hopefully the club will be able to squeeze as much money out of QPR or another club to soften the blow and allow us to replace him. There is no way back. One big positive is that we are saving money left right on centre of wages and he won't be getting any contract paid up or loyalty bonuses as a result of his request.
As I type this, despite a little back tracking, he is still twittering away. His latest is "Between now and summer I will show you all a money move ! Busybodies !"
No, me neither.
So, close the door on the way out Pete. I would have preferred to have remembered you for the goals, but you will now be remembered for how you left. Shame, you could have been a legend.