Bernard decision expected today

Last updated : 26 June 2002 By Luke Thornhill
The Upton Park outfit claimed to have signed the left-back as he was out of contract at St James Park, but Newcastle claim they have the first option to extend his contract.

A war of words broke out between the two clubs, with the Hammers insisting they did nothing wrong while Toon chairman Freddy Shepherd branded the Londoners as liars.

It does seem bad management however to force the player to stay on at St James Park, and no matter what the decision is today a move away from Tyneside seems inevitable for the Frenchman.