EXIT IS A HAMMER TO THE HEART FOR LITTLE
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