West Ham fans have taken to Twitter to react after the club announced that Winston Reid would be leaving, following a mutual agreement.
What’s the story?
Well, the popular centre-back’s 11-year stay in east London is now over.
Reid arrived at West Ham from FC Midtjylland in 2010, in a deal worth £5m.
The 33-year-old went on to become a big fan favourite, after scoring against Millwall and also netting the winner in the final game at Upton Park.
In fact, that’s an understatement. Reid achieved God-like status among West Ham fans for scoring that late header against Manchester United.
Reid certainly left a legacy in east London – he won’t be forgotten quickly.
Why didn’t West Ham give Winston Reid a send off?
In our view, Sunday’s clash with Manchester United would’ve been the perfect way to wave Reid goodbye.
Of all the clubs, Manchester United were the ideal side following the centre-back’s iconic goal against them.
Sadly, it doesn’t seem as if the Irons have much place for sentiment under the current owners.
James Collins was told he’d be leaving by e-mail back in 2016, and also wasn’t given a testimonial despite ten years of service across two spells (Mirror).
It doesn’t seem as if Reid will be given one either.
West Ham must find a way to celebrate their club icons, especially with Mark Noble’s departure on the horizon.
For now, let’s see what the West Ham fans on Twitter have been saying about the club announcement…
Knew this was coming but still so gutted at how it ended for him at West Ham after more than 10 years at the club. So many wonderful memories, topped off by that historic final goal at Upton Park. Hero. ❤️⚒ https://t.co/oxJyPDWqh5— James Jones (@ByJamesJones) September 21, 2021
Hard but right decision seeing as his last game for us was March 2018 but it’s such a shame we never got to see him again.— Dom ⚒ (@DOWHU_1995) September 21, 2021
Our best centre back of the last decade IMO. So many warrior like performances, so many memorable goals which are in West Ham Folklore#thankyouwinston https://t.co/iPcf7aJTIQ
Great servant for the club, will never forget that final goal at the Boleyn🥲 shocking he won’t get a testimonial https://t.co/tx4ZKa0QtU— Jayden⚒ (@JaydenCuthbert) September 21, 2021
A sad way for things to end but what a stint for Winston Reid!— James Rhys (@JamesRhys90) September 21, 2021
At one point he was one of the PL’s standout centre backs and I’m sure he’ll he remembered fondly. Excited to see what’s next for him. https://t.co/cmcHqQBKw2