Craig is not suggesting anything.
Not that a Premiership result would ever be fixed, but given the immense amount of disdain clubs like Wigan and Sheffield United currently hold for West Ham – could we see a less than professional attitude in the final week of the season?
With this weekend’s relegation â€œDo Or Die Most Important Game Ever In The History Of Football Super Crash Bang Wallop Must Win 6 Pointerâ€ (TM Sky) getting nearer, Wigan and Sheffield United must be considering the possibilities of their match at Bramall Lane.
If West Ham stay up, we face confusion in the style of the Italian league where every summer has legal cases, appeals and counter-appeals and teams not knowing which division they will be playing in until a week before the season starts. In order to save on legal fees, Wigan and Sheff Utd must think about engineering a narrow Wigan victory on Sunday as long as West Ham are losing to Manchester United.
The Hammers have their future in their own hands (at least on the footballing side), and know that a point at Old Trafford will guarantee safety. However, the new champions will receive the Premiership trophy after the game and will want to end the season on a high. And with a few fringe players looking to cement an FA Cup final starting place, even the resurgent West Ham will struggle to take anything away from Old Trafford.
If that is the case, a Wigan win at Bramall Lane will send West Ham down on goal difference and secure the safety of both the Latics and the Blades. If West Ham fall a couple behind early on at Old Trafford, I donâ€™t expect Sheffield United to be trying too hard to score, and maybe Matthew Kilgallon or Paddy Kenny will make an â€œunfortunate mistakeâ€ to allow Wigan to sneak a win. And I donâ€™t think there would be many sad faces at Bramall Lane nor across the country if that were the case.