‘Don’t be bitter’: Carlton Cole hits out at Chelsea fans who criticised him for celebrating West Ham’s winner in London derby after coming through youth ranks at Stamford Bridge before nine-year spell with the Hammers
- Carlton Cole slammed Chelsea fans after West Ham’s win against the Blues
- He was criticised by some after cheering for the Hammers on Sky Sports
- Cole spent nine years at West Ham and said he spent his best years with the club
- He said Chelsea still holds a special place in his heart but added: ‘Don’t be bitter’
Carlton Cole has hit back at Chelsea fans for criticising him after he celebrated West Ham’s win over them in the London derby on Wednesday night at a watchalong with Sky Sports.
The former striker began his career at Stamford Bridge but only played 31 times before spending nine seasons with the Hammers – and he defended his loyalty by insisting he had his ‘best years’ with the east London outfit.
David Moyes’ men secured a last-gasp 3-2 win thanks to Andriy Yarmolenko to boost their relegation hopes, and Cole said he was rooting for the club because they gave him a chance as a player and wanted them to pick up points to survive.
Carlton Cole has hit back at Chelsea fans for criticising his celebrations in West Ham’s win
The former striker started his career at Chelsea (L) but spent nine years with West Ham (R)
Cole was animated in the Sky watchalong as he cheered West Ham’s goals against the Blues
Cole had been watching the game alongside former Chelsea player Steve Sidwell and presenter Zac Djellab and a clip shows him celebrating wildly as West Ham took the lead for the first time – waving his hands in the air and laughing.
In a series of tweets, Cole admitted his surprise for coming under fire as he cheered the Hammers in the studio.
‘How any Chelsea supporter can criticise me for celebrating West Ham scoring and winning is beyond me,’ he wrote.
‘Let’s get this right! I’m supposed to not celebrate because you gave me a chance in my youth days? Of course I’m grateful for that but I spent my best and longest years at the Hammers, who gave me a chance too, and continue to give me support in my coaching development.
Andriy Yarmolenko, right, won it at the death for West Ham to give them a vital 3-2 victory
Clubs: Chelsea (2000-2006), West Ham (2006-2015), Celtic (2015-16), Sacramento Republic (2016), Persib Bandung (2017)
Career appearances: 397
Career goals: 86
England caps: 7
‘Plus, we needed the points to stay in the league. Circumstances have made it this way. Not that I don’t want Chelsea to do well, but I’d celebrate like that against any team we grinded a win from, especially in these times…
‘Don’t be bitter. Chelsea will always hold a special place in my heart.
‘Show me loyalty and respect and I’ll show it back. Loyalty and respect is earned not demanded.’
Some comments responding to Cole celebrating on Twitter appear to have been deleted, but he received the backing of plenty of West Ham fans.
One user told him: ‘Don’t worry about them Carlton Cole… the West Ham fans still love you!’
Another assured him: Ignore the sore losers, Carlton. You’re a Hammers legend.’
He also had sympathy from a Chelsea fan, who said: ‘I think you’re well within your rights to celebrate – why shouldn’t you? If John Terry celebrates Villa scoring against us, and they say nothing, why shouldn’t you?’
Cole started off his career as a trainee with the Blues in 2000, but never managed to nail down a regular place in the team.
The former England international played a total of 31 games, scoring eight times and was sent out on three loans to Wolves, Charlton and Aston Villa.
In 2006 he signed for West Ham on a four year deal and began to become an important figure, going on to play 293 games for the club with 68 strikes.
Cole is now a club ambassador and has also worked closely with West Ham’s youth teams
Cole retired in 2018, and has since been named as a club ambassador and later was given the chance to coach the Under 16s by shadowing youth coach Jack Collison.
He has ambitions to keep progressing as a coach and recently spoke about his experience of guiding the club’s youngsters.
‘There are certain things I saw the youngsters doing. They didn’t have a striking coach and that’s obviously my main thing, he told City AM.
‘”He’s not moving right, I wouldn’t do it that way”, so automatically you’re coaching already. It’s about trying to feed it to the players and give them advice.’