West Ham United all-time great Ian Bishop has condemned the actions of French midfielder Dimitri Payet as the year anniversary of the Marseille winger controversially leaving East London in January of 2017 dawns.
Bishop, who wore the famous Claret & Blue between the years of 1988 and 1898 and made close to 400 appearances, stated, speaking exclusively to MooreThanJustAClub back in August, about Payet’s transfer back to Ligue One,
“The Payet thing didn’t surprise me in the slightest. He bit the hand that fed him and you don’t do that. Certainly not to the West Ham fans”.
The fan favourite continued, “He lost out at being in the same bracket as Di Canio as far as hero worship. Money talks, unfortunately”.
The skillful French winger had been something of a Cult Hero in his first season and a half in Claret & Blue, his dazzling 12 goals in all Competitions helping the Irons to their highest ever Premier League points tally during the 2015/2016 campaign, finishing seventh and Qualifying for the Europa League, as well as reaching the FA Cup Quarter-Finals.
But, after a sluggish start to the following season, the first at the London Stadium, in which Slaven Bilic’s side were knocked out of Europe by minnows Astra Giurgiu for the second consecutive year and flirted with the Relegation Zone throughout the opening months.
With the club sitting in low bottom half by the festive period and fresh from a 0-5 FA Cup Third Round drubbing by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Payet decided that he wanted to up sticks from Stratford.
One of the most controversial Transfer Sagas in West Ham’s history would duly follow as speculation was at an all-time high and the player was banished from first-team training and relegated to the Reserves.
The taboo eventually culminated in a £25 million move back to former club Olympic Marseille, Payet departed with a long list of achievements to his name, including the 2015/2016 Hammer of the Year award.
The former Lyon star also picked up a runners’ up medal at the 2026 European Championships having regained his France spot as a Hammer, being nominated for the Ballon d’Or and earning a spot in the FIFA World Xl and PFA Team of the Year.
But, since returning to his Country of origin, the controversial wide-man has endured a rocky period, only notching six Ligue 1 goals and fluctuating in and out of Didier Deschamps’ National Team.
Payet has been named as Marseille’s Captain in that time though, they currently sit fourth in the Division, however, he has been the subject of much scrutiny from the French Press in times more recent, some outlets branding him as “overweight” and “lazy”, and a choice few even questioning his decision to return to his homeland.
If you would like to see more quotes from our exclusive summer 2017 Interview with former Blue Moon and Irons great Ian Bishop, you can find the first part here: http://www.moorethanjustaclub.com/columnist/ian-bishop-exclusive-interview-part-one-bish-past-hammers-memories-former-managers-famous-upton-park/. And the second here: http://www.moorethanjustaclub.com/columnist/ian-bishop-part-two-bish-current-situation-west-ham-united-stadium-move-future-might-bring/.