Ex-Cardiff City and Aston Villa defender James Collins has opened up on his painful exit from West Ham United three years ago. James Collins talked about his West Ham United exit in an exclusive chat with Talk Sports. According to him, he didn’t have the opportunity to say his goodbyes at West Ham United.
James Collins was known as the Ginger Pele at West Ham and he was left stunned when the club owners declined offering him a new contract. James Collins never really recovered his playing career since that West Ham United situation until he announced his retirement from football some months ago. James Collins revealed that he has called it quit with his career as a footballer in October 2020.
At the time of his release from West Ham United, reports claimed that he was informed of his release via mail though club co-owner David Gold has denied it. The West Ham United co-owner revealed that the player was informed about his new status at the club before a mail was sent to him. On his contract situation at West Ham United back in 2018, James Collins said that it was not really possible for him to meet with West Ham United manager David Moyes over the issue as it was not certain whether the ex-Manchester United and Everton manager will stay on as the Hammers boss.
James Collins narrated how he told club skipper Mark Noble that the away game against Everton could be his final game as a West Ham United since it was the final league game of the season. He was not sure if the Everton game would be his final match due to his contract situation. In the end, James Collins was not given a new contract and that Everton game was his final match in the colours of the Hammers.