Sullivan: Parker stopped tackling at end of West Ham spell

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has accused Scott Parker of not tackling during West Ham’s first few games of the season in order to ensure a move to Tottenham, reports The Guardian.

Parker, 30, secured a move to Tottenham on transfer deadline day in August for a reported fee of £5 million. However, Sullivan questioned his commitment to West Ham’s cause following their relegation, in a frank interview with a West Ham fanzine.

Speaking of former players Demba Ba and Parker, he said, “Those two alone should have kept us in the top flight. This might not please many people, but look at Scott Parker’s performance in the first five games of this season. To me, it didn’t look like he was doing the tackling you’d normally expect him to do.

“He wasn’t doing the tackling we know he can do because he knew that the one thing that would stop a move for him would be an injury. To me, it looked like he didn’t want to be there. He was protecting himself either consciously or subconsciously. He’s gone to Spurs and he is back to his old self.”

Parker has now played 21 games this season for Spurs, and has cemented his place in the England first-team squad in recent fixtures. His next tie should be on Sunday, as Spurs prepare for a north-London derby clash with Arsenal.

West Ham meanwhile brought in Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan for £3m, who has gone on to score seven goals for the Hammers this season, helping them to the top position in the Championship, heading into the final quarter of the season.

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