West Ham fans react on Twitter to Tony Carr's departure and redundancy reports

Tony Carr - West Ham United Academy Director

The Eastender has been involved at the club for 43 years.

Tony Carr - West Ham United Academy DirectorTony Carr - West Ham United Academy Director

The national media has been full of stories of former West Ham United Director of Youth Football Tony Carr leaving the club in the last few days, with particular attention paid to his £14,000 redundancy by the likes of the Guardian, a story, if true, that has got Hammers supporters taking to Twitter to air their opinions.

Carr is a legend in East London, having been born and brought up in Bow and coming through the youth team at the Boleyn Ground when the Hammers were a club boasting the likes of Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst.

Upton Park gate - West HamUpton Park gate - West Ham

Though he never made a breakthrough with his local team, or indeed as a footballer in general, he returned to West Ham as 23-year-old to take control of the the club's youth academy.

Since then, the 65-year-old has overseen one of the most successful production lines of British footballing talent in the country, with a number of world class players emerging particularly since the 1990s.

England's Frank Lampard in actionEx-England star Frank Lampard in action

Rio Ferdinand, Paul Ince, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson all came through on his 43-year watch, while current captain and favourite Mark Noble is another the club developed.

Which is why plenty of Hammers fans are shocked at the redundancy figure for Carr, who had been an ambassador for the past year with Terry Westley taking over the academy reins, which will be less than many squad members earn per week. 

Many took to Twitter to give their thoughts on the matter, with owners David Gold and David Sullivan getting a lot of flak:

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