Dicks warns over Parker sale

His team may have been struggling to battle relegation all season,

but Parker has enjoyed the most successful year of his career. The

midfielder’s outstanding performances at the heart of the team have

earned him a regular place in the England squad and the player of

the year award from the Football Writers’ Association. He was the

subject of a bid from Tottenham last summer and is expected to be

offered several escape routes out of Upton Park if the Hammers are

relegated to the npower Championship. Co-owners David Sullivan and

David Gold admit relegation will hit the club hard in the pocket

but that should not mean selling their most-prized asset cheaply,

according to Dicks. “It’s down to the club if they want to sell him

or not,” said the former West Ham skipper. “He’s under contract.

They can make him stay there so at the end of the day if they want

£10million for him then they should hold out for

£10million for him. If it happens it happens and if it doesn’t

then he stays at West Ham.” Dicks, who played over 300 times for

the club, blasted some members of the current squad yesterday for

not showing the fight they need to get themselves out of the

relegation zone. He insists that manager Avram Grant still has an

outside chance of leading his men to safety, but has warned that

they will probably have to win their remaining matches against

Blackburn, Wigan and Sunderland to do it. “The next three games are

very winnable, and for me they have to win them all,” said Dicks,

who now manages non-league side Grays Athletic. “I think they can

do it. Sunderland are struggling, so are Blackburn, and so are

Wigan, so if West Ham go out and be more positive and work harder

then they have a great chance of staying up.”