EXIT IS A HAM­MER TO THE HEART FOR LIT­TLE

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

FOR­MER cap­tain Stacey Lit­tle has hit out at West Ham af­ter a mass ex­o­dus sent the club into tur­moil this week.

Lit­tle, along with five of her team-mates, walked out on the Ham­mers af­ter she asked boss Marc Nurse to quit in an ex­tra­or­di­nary team meet­ing.

Kel­ley Blanch­flower, Lily Mel­lors, Emma Sher­wood, Kerry Stim­son and Kayleigh Xid­has also quit af­ter Lit­tle was re­port­edly threat­ened with sus­pen­sion for rais­ing doubts about how the club was run.

West Ham’s form in the Women’s Premier League South­ern Di­vi­sion has taken a nose­dive this term, with just one win com­ing from their open­ing five games.

And Lit­tle – who spent six years at the club, in­clud­ing two as cap­tain – says she is still strug­gling to come to terms with how it has been han­dled.

“I am deeply hurt and dis­heart­ened. It’s just not fair that I’m be­ing blamed for ev­ery­thing,” said Lit­tle. “That’s what hurts me most. I have put my heart and soul into that club. I’ve given blood, I’ve given sweat, I’ve given tears, it’s been my life for six sea­sons. It chokes me up just talk­ing about it, but that’s what they’ve done to me, they’ve treated me so badly. “I’m just heart­bro­ken.” Lit­tle, who helped raise nearly £3,000 for the club last sea­son through a crowd-fund­ing web­site, also re­vealed she has sought ad­vice from for­mer boss Ju­lian Dicks.

“He’s checked to make sure I’m ok and he’s given me sup­port,” she added. “We give all our time and money, we don’t get any­thing for it, and we’ve been treated like that. I’d like to re­it­er­ate we walked and were not re­leased, be­cause it’s what we be­lieve in.”

HEART­BRO­KEN: Stacey Lit­tle

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