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Warnock considers suing Hammers

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Former Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has confirmed he could pursue a personal compensation claim against West Ham over the Carlos Tevez affair.

The Blades and West Ham settled out of court on Monday with the Hammers agreeing to pay their rivals an undisclosed fee following the Sheffield club's relegation in 2007.

And 60-year-old Warnock, now manager of Crystal Palace, told the Daily Mail: "I'll be looking into this now. I just wanted to see the club's case out of the way first."

He added: "As far as I'm concerned, I should still be a Premier League manager. And I think the players have a case, too."

West Ham were fined £5.5million by the Premier League for failing to fully disclose the terms of the deal that brought Tevez and Argentinian compatriot Javier Mascherano to England. Sheffield United claim Tevez's goals kept the Hammers in the top flight at their expense, with Warnock resigning three days after their relegation.

Referring to the settlement, Warnock continued: "It justifies what we've said all along. We've had a lot of people criticise us for taking it this far - but that's what justice is all about. But this still doesn't make it right for me or the United fans - or anyone else involved."

Warnock reiterated his view that Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore should have resigned over the affair and believes a bigger club would have been treated differently.

"I think Scudamore is an absolute disgrace," added Warnock. "I'd love to get him in a room on my own for an hour, no holds barred.

"If it was any other club, Scudamore would have made sure the facts came out. I find it amazing that he has kept his job. If it had been a big club, the truth would have come out earlier and it would have been sorted."

A joint investigation by the Premier League and Football Association into the Tevez and Mascherano signings is ongoing.

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