Tony Carr, who as academy director helped nurture players such as Jermain Defoe and Joe Cole, has left West Ham after 43 years of service
It would be nice of the F.A. if they did some kind of award that specifically recognised these long term club stalwarts. People who have devoted their lives to the game; the 'backroom boys' as they used to be called. Sadly I doubt it'll happen. These types of individuals always have such an impact on the growth of young players and the stability of a club but they don't make the money so will never get the accolades they deserve.
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