Danny Mills has slammed West Ham midfielder Mark Noble and claimed he ‘should know better’ than to tweet that he was “angry” at the club’s decision to sell Grady Diangana.
The former Leeds United defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the 33-year-old “should not be venting those frustrations” as the club captain.
Noble took to social media to voice his opinion after the Hammers confirmed that Diangana, 22, had been sold to West Brom in a deal that could rise to £18million.
As captain of this football club I’m gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future!!!!! https://t.co/oNPPEp8Pt6
— MARK NOBLE (@Noble16Mark) September 4, 2020
The decision to sell the talented academy product sparked outrage among fans and some players at the London Stadium.
Mills understood some of the squad’s disappointment at the transfer but took issue with the word “angry” being used by Noble.
“I think the problem with that is the word ‘angry’,” he told Football Insider.
“You can say that you are disappointed and sad to see a young talented player leave but ‘I am angry’ – you cannot be angry at your bosses. You should not be venting those frustrations as club captain.
“Noble might be the club captain but you have to have a degree of realism because it is the manager’s decision. This is football.
“I understand players being disappointed, that is fine but to say you are angry… I do not like that phrase. I do not think that was well advised especially when you are an experienced player and the captain of your club. He probably should know a little bit better than that.”
Football Insider revealed last month that Irons chiefs had made a U-turn on Diangana’s future and were open to his sale in order to raise much-needed funds this summer.
A statement from the club read: “The money received for Grady will be reinvested entirely in the team, in line with the manager’s targets.”
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