West Ham’s board has remained largely unpopular for a number of years and the fans opinion dipped further after James Collins’ departure in recent weeks.

It’s remarkably stated that the Wales international was only informed of his exit via email, with the club electing not to renew the veteran defender’s contract.

However, co-chairman David Gold has insisted that’s not the case and stated he informed Collins personally about the decision to let him go.

Speaking to TalkSport, Gold said:

“I spoke to James after the [Everton] game.”

“What the league and the FA demand is when you release a player you must send an email to them as well as a copy to the player – you have to do that.”

“But I did speak to James and we had a conversation, so that’s not quite true. It’s not true when people are assuming that we just sent him an email.”