Dear Mr Wenger

Dear Mr Wenger,

In regards to your claim that certain teams are on holiday, taking a dig at West Ham United in particular, I would like to cast your memory back to 2006.

It was the 2005/06 season, the season in which we had a great holiday at Highbury, we had an absolute ball, if you remember? We were the last team to win there and Bobby Zamora sent Sol Campbell home at half time to get his new CV typed up. I’m sure you’ll remember that very well Arsene.

Later that season, the last game of the season and your last game ever at Highbury to be exact, and yes I’ll remind you again that we were the last team to win there, again! West Ham United were more than safe in the Premier League and had an FA Cup final in Cardiff six days later, yet we gave you the biggest party you’ll ever have, we beat Tottenham Hotspur, a certain North London rival that you know very well.

We could have “gone on holiday” but instead we upped our game and won 2-1 which secured Arsenal finished in 4th place and a guarantee of Champions League football at The Emirates next season. Highbury went out with a bang, it’s okay Arsene, we accept your gratitude.

I’ll just leave the match report here!

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Hornets vs Hammers

Hornets Vs Hammers:

The Hornets host The Hammers on Sunday afternoon live on Sky Sports at 4pm (UK time) so there’s no excuse to miss David Moyes’ first game in charge of West Ham. There’s enough time to eat your Sunday roast and brush off that hang over before this one!

You would expect Hammers to beat Hornets in any scenario but this isn’t fantasy warfare, this is the crazy game of football and us West Ham supporters know far too well that it’s not about the size of the Hammers, it’s all about the man pulling the strings that really matters. Moyes has looked to have taken the players by the scruff of the neck and roughed them up during his first few training sessions but when it comes down to match day they still need to stand up, stand strong and stand together!

Where to watch:

  • SkySports
  • HammersTV
  • IronsTV
  • The above two are websites that stream West Ham matches, please be aware that adverts are what enables the websites to stream free of charge so please be aware when using the website that you will need to close adverts but please do not download anything or take any notice of any adverts.

Head to Head:

  • Watford have 19 wins.
  • West Ham United have 41 wins.
  • The teams have shared the points on 14 occasions.
  • Out of those 54 matches the teams have only played each other on 8 occasions in the Premier League, sharing 3 wins each and sharing the points on 2 occasions.

(Picture from Watford FC’s official Twitter account)

Previous Six:

  • Watford 1-1 West Ham United (25/02/17)
  • West Ham United 2-4 Watford (10/09/16)
  • West Ham United 3-1 Watford (20/04/16)
  • Watford 2-0 West Ham United (31/10/15)
  • West Ham United 0-1 Watford (10/02/07)

Important Stats:

  • Watford have lost only 1 of their last 6 Premier League matches against West Ham United, winning 3 and drawing 2.
  • The hammers have only 1 victory in their last 13 away matches in the Premier League, losing 6 and drawing 6.
  • David Moyes’ first game in charge of West Ham will also be the Scot’s 500th Premier League match as a manager (M499 W196 D135 L168). Only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp have managed 500 Premier League games or more.
  • Only Harry Kane has attempted more shots (59) this season than Watford’s Richarlison (39), who has scored with 4 of his 7 efforts on target.

Season so far:

  • Watford and West Ham’s form guide are very similar, Hornets have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3 in their previous 6 matches.
  • Hammers have also won 1 but drawn 2 and lost 2 in their last 6 matches.
  • As of the start of match week 12 Watford sit in 9th place, Hammers are 18th.
  • Watford have won 4, West Ham have won 2.
  • Both teams have drawn 3 games each.
  • Hornets have lost 4 whilst West Ham have lost 6.
  • Both teams have also kept 3 clean sheets each.
  • Watford have a better average goals scored per match (1.55), average chances created per match (1.45), where as West Ham have a worse average goals conceded per match (2.09)
  • Both teams biggest win so far have been a 2-0 win against Bournemouth and Huddersfield respectively.
  • Both teams biggest losses have against Manchester clubs, Watford’s being a 6-0 loss to Manchester City and West Ham’s coming at the hands of Manchester United in a 4-0 defeat.
  • Watford’s Ricarlison and West Ham’s Chicarito are their clubs top scorers so far this season having scored 4 goals each.

Team News:

  • Top scorer Javier “Chicarito” Hernandez is a doubt after picking up a hamstring strain whilst on international duty with Mexico.
  • Jose Fonte has an ankle injury and isn’t expected to feature.
  • As above, Sam Byram is not expected to feature due to a thigh complaint.
  • James Collins and Michail Antonio are nearing returns but are not expected to feature this weekend.
  • Winston Reid will be thankful this game is on a Sunday afternoon because the New Zealand international played during their World Cup Qualifying match during the very early hours of Thursday morning, the Watford game may still be too soon for the Kiwi due to the demands of traveling around the world and back.
  • Apparently Haksabanovic and Ayew have been taken ill therfore won’t play a part.
  • There could be at least three youngsters on the bench tomorrow,  Martinez believed to be one of them.
  • Rice could well be one of those youngsters on the bench if Reid does end up starting for the team.

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Simon Beck, Simon Long
Fourth official: Stuart Attwell

Diafra Sakho or Andy Carroll?

The Diafra Sakho scenario keeps ringing round social media and west Ham message boards but is he lazy, has he been mistreated, is he a trouble maker?With the Senegalese international scoring for his country on recent international duty I’ll try to argue a few points for and against the above statements.

Stats

Since signing for the Hammers from French club Boulogne in August 2014 for a fee of £3.5m the Senegalese international has played 64 games in the claret and blue and has been involved in 27 goals. Diafra is in his 4th season at West Ham United and here is a break down of the stats.

  • 12 goals and 2 assists in 26 apps during his first season at the club (14/15).
  • 7 goals and 1 assist in 24 apps during the 15/16 season.
  • 1 goal in 4 apps during 16/17 season.
  • 3 goals and 1 assist in 10 games during this current season.

What part does Diafra Sakho’s goals play in the team?

During the games he’s scored in the club have won 15 games including wins against Liverpool (home and away), Manchester City (home and away) and the last ever game at the Boleyn Ground against Manchester United.

The Senegalese international has also helped the team to 5 draws with his goals against Manchester United and Tottenham away from home.

The team have only lost 2 games in which Diafra Sakho have scored which includes the loss to Sheffield United on penalties in the league cup and a 2-1 loss away to Manchester United in the league during his first season at the club.

Personal opinion

Diafra Sakho moved from France to London which is a very different culture change for any human, money shouldn’t change a person’s ability adapt to new surroundings or miss past surroundings but obviously Premier League footballers not only get an awful amount of money but they also get alot of attention from fans and press.

Sakho has been involved in court cases for certain differences with his partner, he’s also been involved in a car accident which he was allegedly speeding all within his first season at the club. Despite all these problems he broke onto the scene scoring a goal in each of his first 6 matches for the club which earnt the team a very respectable 13 points in those 6 games which included wins against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Sakho Vs Carroll

It’s safe to say Sakho hadn’t played part many games last season but he’s already played 10 games this season which is 3 more games than former record signing Andy Carroll and he’s also scored 3 more goals than the English forward this season. So is it unfair to compare the two strikers this season? Perhaps but as Carroll got stupidly sent off this season and then had the nerve to publicly judge fans for leaving a football game early after they’d spent their hard earnt money on tickets to then be searched before entering the stadium, have human traffic lights directing them out of the stadium and out of Stratford then have to wait forever to get on public transport or walk round the moon to get to the car park!

  • 14/15: Sakho scored 12 goals and made 2 assists in 26 apps whilst Carroll scored 5 goals and created 3 assists in 16 games.
  • 15/16: Sakho scored 7 goals and created one assist in 24 apps whilst Carroll scored 9 and created 3 in 36 apps.
  • 16/17: Sakho played 4 games and scored 1 goal whilst Carroll scored 7 and assisted with 2 goals in his 22 apps.

Summary

I have only compared the seasons that Sakho and Carroll have both played for West Ham at the same time which I think is only fair. In my opinion both players not only bring a different style of attack but they also bring a defence to the team. The team could just hit the ball up to Carroll and whether he wins the ball or not it gives the whole team a few extra seconds to get reorganised before the next wave of attack from the opposition comes, despite how ugly it may look it can be effective if played correctly. Carroll also defends from corners which can be very useful at times but I’d rather not have the big man in our box because he can be very clumsy giving away penalties and faffing on the ball which leads to the opposition scoring.

On the other hand, Sakho likes to defend from the front line, he very rarely stands still but at the same time he doesn’t chase down needless balls like a wild horse risking getting injured or get booked like Carroll does. If the right ball is played up to Sakho then he will try to bring the ball down and bring his team mates in to the game, if not he won’t mind running at the opposition or running down the line with the ball. He might run down a blind alley but it’s just as effective as a long ball to Carroll and it uses up just as much time if you’re looking to see the game out or get the team reorganised especially if the striker wins a throw in, corner or free kick.

So considering that Sakho is earning £20k a week and Carroll is earning £70k+ a week and the transfer fees paid for both players,  who would be the better value money in your opinion? If one player was to be sold during this winter transfer window to make way for a new signing which of the two would you prefer to keep?

Could it be possible that perhaps the board have rubbed Sakho up the wrong way? With their past form of upsetting strikers I wouldn’t be too surprised if they had, especially after comments about Benni Benni Mccarthy’s weight and Charlie Austin’s knees.

The sale of West Ham United

For those of you that either have very short memories, those of you that believe everything you read in the papers or those of you that are new on the scene of being a West Ham United supporter, this is for you.

I’m sorry but I’m sick of seeing reports about the club being sold or comments about it all over social media. Personally I am not a fan of the current owners and as much as it would make me jump with joy i can absolutely tell you now that the club WILL NOT be sold. There you have it, you can close this and get on with your lives. If you’d like to know why the club won’t be sold for at least eight years then please read on.

  • Premier League revenue is getting higher and higher, last season the bottom club earnt £99 million in TV revenue alone.
  • Premier League revenue is increasing every year.
  • The yearly cost of renting the London Stadium is cheaper than most of the current squads individual yearly salaries. Sakho is one of the club’s lowest earners on £20,000 a week which works out around £1 million a year whilst Ayew is on a reportedly £80,000 a week which is four times Sakho’s salary and almost double what the owners pay in rent at the London Stadium.
  • West Ham United made 18th on the richest club in the world list, moving up two places from 20th the previous year!
  • A record 52,000 season ticket holders which will rise in years to come with the capacity able to be expanded at least another 10,000 in the near future which will bring in alot more revenue.
  • Any naming rights on the stadium over £4 million will be split 50/50 meaning even more revenue or cheaper rent on the stadium depending on how you look at it.
  • The LDC will keep the first £500,000 of catering profit, anything after that will be split 70/30 in favour of the LDC. Any increase to stadium capacity will bring in even more revenue.
  • The LDC meets all the stadium running costs including stewarding, meaning G&S are saving a fortune.
  • The club have 25 games a season to use the stadium meaning after 18 Premier League games the owners have 7 more games to use the stadium if the team goes on a cup run or play prestigious pre season friendlies.
  • The rent will be 50% cheaper if the team get relegated, meaning no loss to the owners as they will be paying less rent and season ticket prices will more than likely see no reduction in price as there are more games. (Going by prices the last time we were relegated under current owners)
  • If the club win the Champions League, yes Champions League then the owners will only have to pay an additional £1 million!
  • If the team hosts more than 25 games during a season then they will have to pay an additional £100,000 per game which is nothing in comparison to ticket sales and the money they are saving on stewarding.

Most importantly, if the owners were to sell the club within ten years of the agreement then a per cent age of the sale will go to back into the “public purse.” Despite debts being offset against any sale of the club, debts currently stand at £90 to £100 million. Despite those debts I would imagine that the club would be worth at least £600 million.

If the club were to be sold for that price then around £25 will be taken from the current owners but if the current owners sold the club ten years after the lease was signed then Mr Sullivan and Mr Gold would pocket the full amount of the sale.

When you consider the transfer the cost of stadium rent, stadium income, potential to cincrease stadium capacity, Premier League revenue and the LDC and Newham council both making a loss on stadium currently the club surely looks to be a profitable project for anyone with the money so holding on for another eight or nine years is only going to benefit the club’s current owners.

In summary, with all the factors above being stated and the fact that the owners are billionaires with children that they will probably hand the club down to even if it’s for them to sell, it’s is very very unlikely that any sale of the club will come in the near future.

To my knowledge one of the sons have been involved within the club since leaving school including being the chairman of the women’s club whilst the other seems to be getting life experience and business experience away from the club so it looks like they are getting prepared for when the club is handed down to them. (Please excuse any misunderstandings of the two chairman’s sons, I don’t pay too much attention to them as they are still children in my opinion and they deserve to live their lives before they reach adulthood).

David Moyes.

The dust is starting to settle from Slaven Bilic’s wheel spin out of Chadwell Heath, just as David Moyes flashed his headlights to let the Croatian out of the club’s training ground former player and coach Julian Dicks gave the new Hammers boss a two finger salute whilst Nikola Jurčević was lighting up a cigarette to calm the nerves of having to tell his missus of his unemployment.

Below is a picture of Bilic putting his thumb up to thank the Scot for letting him out of Chadwell Heath, Little Heath, Rush Green or one of the other 17 training grounds we have!

With that being said there is no going back, Moyes is in charge for the next six months at least so I will try my very best to be as positive as I can, starting with the Scot’s very smart suit and nice pin badge he is wearing.

My opinion

I honestly believe this could be a match made in heaven for David and the board and even for David and the fans if he replicates half the success he managed at Everton. Moyes doesn’t come across as a manager that falls out with board members or demands excessive transfer wages so hopefully this will mean the board won’t have to be so vocal about things which doesn’t normally end going down too well with most supporters. With any luck David Moyes can run this club on a limited budget only bringing in players we need so the board can start clearing off the debt that the club have to pay back to them.

History

So what will David Moyes being to the London Stadium? I’ll try my best to digest his managerial career below.

Preston North End

David retired from professional football at Preston and immediately took charge of the club just missing out on promotion in his first season by losing out in the play offs. That didn’t get in the way of the Scot guiding The Lilywhites to winning the league title in his first full season in charge. David just missed out on a second successive promotion but ultimately lost out on promotion to what is now known the Premier League by missing out in the play offs again, losing in the final to Bolton Wanders.

In four years the Scot managed 113 wins, 58 draws, 63 loses and a 48.29 win ratio in 234 games in charge.

Everton

Losing out in that play off final didn’t stop David reaching the Premier League because by March 2002 the Scot took over at Everton. This would be his longest and arguably his most successful spell in his managerial career being in charge of the toffees for 11 years. During his long stint in charge of the blue part of Merseyside he managed 212 wins, 132 draws, 160 loses, a points per game ratio of 1.52 and a win ratio of 42.8 per cent.

David guided the Toffees to safety in his first season in charge at Goodison Road finishing 15th, during his next 11 seasons he took his team to 7th, 17th, 4th, 11th, 6th, 5th, 5th, 8th, 7th, 7th and 6th place before becoming Sir Alex Ferguson’s chosen replacement at Old Trafford.

Manchester United

David spent just 295 days in charge of Manchester United managing 26 wins, 10 draws and 15 loses in his 51 games.

David’s spell in the red part of Manchester wasn’t seen as a success despite managing his best points per game ratio of 1.73 and win ratio of 52.94 per cent.

Sunderland

After his unsuccessful spell in Spain the Scot returned to the Premier League to take over at Manchester United reserves, actually it was Sunderland but you’d have probably mistaken them for Manchester United reserves on paper but not on the pitch.

Despite bringing in players he knew from his previous clubs it wasn’t enough to keep the Black Cats from avoiding relegation, in 38 Premier League games they managed just 8 wins and 7 draws with a points per game ratio of 0.72 and an 18 per cent win ratio, losing 23 Premier League games. I’ll be very kind to David and leave out the cup stats because the cup was hardly the club’s main priority!

The numbers

500 – We will all be hoping David Moyes’ first game in charge of the Hammers and his 500th Premier League game as manager will end the same way that his first ever Premier League game finished, with a win!

499 – Across his three spells with Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland, Moyes has taken charge of 499 Premier League matches.

42 – Moyes’ shortest tenure as a manager in terms of matches was 42 games in all competitions at Real Sociedad. He reached 43 with Sunderland.

888 – Almost 20 years on from his very first match as a manager with Preston North End, Moyes has presided over 888 matches across all competitions. Of those 888, 378 (42.6 per cent) were wins.

52.9 – Although he was sacked before the end of the campaign, Moyes’ time in charge of United actually saw him record his best overall win percentage at any club (52.9%, 27 of 51).

9 – Moyes guided Everton to nine top-eight finishes in the Premier League during his 11 full seasons in charge at Goodison Park.

18.6 – Sunderland won just eight of their 43 matches with Moyes at the helm, just 18.6%, the Scot’s worst record in charge of a club.

The three Davids.

First of all I’ve not blogged since September the 7th, I’ve really not had the energy to talk about my love or past love for my great club West Ham United let alone the energy to blog about it.

This morning I will try my very best to make sense of all the emotions and thoughts going around in my head now since the two David’s have added a new David to the payroll. Many of us, including myself knew this was pretty much set in stone since Saturday evening after a certain ITK Twitter shed light on the situation but it doesn’t make it any easier this morning.

Slaven Bilic:

Mr Slaven Bilic wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea when it came to tactics and decisions but he had heart and passion that won most over, including pundits and others involved in football outside of the club. Who will forget his love for Payet during the Euros, jumping on tables like the part time Rockstar he is! I genuinely hope he can look back at his time at West Ham United as a learning curve because he seemed to have lost everything about him that won the fans over a long time ago, whether that’s because he was being mistreated by the board, the players or in my honest opinion both!

I wasn’t a big fan of Bilic when he first took over, I never brought into the “he’s West Ham, he’s got passion” arguement especially when he pulled off the “Sam Allardyce” very quickly into his managerial reign. Slaven sent out a group of kids to Europe to lose and wave goodbye to the competition, whether it was the right thing to do or not, us supporters deserved better especially after the walrus did the same thing in the FA Cup. Did you see my music link there? Sorry Sam!

Despite me thinking that he wasn’t the right man for the club I will however thank Bilic for being in charge of the team when we did get those great away day wins at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, I honestly felt so proud of the team back then but as always being a West Ham supporter it really doesn’t last too long does it?!

Bilic reminds me so much of Zola when he was at West Ham, for Bilic’s health and sanity I hope he doesn’t have to go through what Zola did after his West Ham sacking. Both men are genuine gentlemen that are way too nice for the English game of football where the press, football owners and occasionally the fans are quite simply arseholes to managers and in my honest opinion they don’t get enough credit or money for the job they have to try and do!

  1. Was Bilic the mastermind to our “Boleyn Farewell?”
  2. Should we have earnt 5 more points to finish fourth that season?
  3. Was it Bilic’s tactics that saw us come back from losing positions so many times that season or was it his tactics that saw us concede first so many times?
  4. Do we look so undisciplined, unfit and unprofessional due to Bilic’s training methods?
  5. Did Bilic employ the right backroom staff?

The right back scenario:

So Bilic had played Antonio, Fernandez, Kouyate and God knows who else at right back when he had Arbeloa on the books, who was banished from the first team due to a training ground bust up after apparently being too committed in training and going in a bit too hard.

I can honestly understand both sides arguements here but here are a few more points below.

  1. Bilic was protecting his players by banishing Arbeloa.
  2. Should a manager in such need for a right back do all he can to fix the issue to get your most accomplished right back in the team?
  3. Should a player be punished so severly for showing fight, passion and commitment in training?
  4. Should Bilic’s training be more competitive, and again is Bilic to blame for the lack of fitness?
  5. As a former Spanish international that’s won everything there is to win for his club and country, after being sold the transfer to come to West Ham, would you be happy seeing your career out by drinking in the Carpenter’s Arms pub in Stratford when the team you play for hasn’t got a right back playing?

The board:

I’m never ever going to be a fan of those Muppets and I’ll tell you why, hopefully quickly and without pulling more of my hair out!

So they are apparently West Ham fans, they have sold Upton Park, rent the London Stadium for absolute peanuts AND they get hundreds of millions pounds a season through just Premier League television rights alone so why oh why are will still in as much debt as we was the day they took over in January 2010?!

If they were really West Ham fans then why oh why do they charge the club interest on loans that the club do not need?!

That’s forgetting they had a net spending of roughly £5 million this season!

The board took on Slaven Bilic because he was the cheapest option and sold us the “Bilic is a West Ham fan” propaganda just like they do when they pretend that they have tried to sign Neymar, Becca, Lacazette and anyone else then fancy will sell a few more thousand season tickets. And yes, they did once claim they tried to sign Neymar, Google it!

The newest David:

So, David Moyes is our new manager for at least six months, maybe longer. I have nothing against the man but is he really the man to motivate and get the players mentally and physically fit? I hope so but I genuinely can’t see it.

I don’t blame Moyes for taking the job, let’s face it he’s had a very difficult few years to say the least and in any other profession he would never have been considered. David Moyes is the bricklayer that built a nice conservatory that took years to complete in Everton, he then had a job to finish the brickwork  for the brick layer that retired for a big company in Manchester but his work resulted in a major roof leak and was sacked from the job, he then went to Spain to start the foundations of a holiday villa but failed to get that right so he was  once again fired. After returned from Spain he was offered a job in Sunderland, seemingly a step down in the property market but he still managed to mess that job up too, resigning before he got his P45 given to him once again!

So after David’s shoddy bricklaying do we have much faith in the man even if he is just laying the foundations for six months? I for one hope he isn’t buying the bricks and cement in January or I fear we will have his cowboy workers join up with us!

Unfortunately a former Mexican employee of his currently works for West Ham United and they aren’t the best of friends, I don’t think Hernandez will be at the club come February.

The board: Transfers

Firstly, I’m writing for the first time in what seems months, I’ve felt best not to write until after the transfer window had been shut, then I felt that things were too negative to express my feelings without destroying the keyboard or touchpad!

Do the board really know what they are doing?

Ill try to put my honest opinions out there but also try to put a counter argument out there too.

Signings:

First of all, I will start with my personal opinion of our latest record signing. I was quite worried by the signing of Marko Arnautovic. You may ask, why?!

After the Payet saga it’s all so clear to see that the board and the manager lack man management especially when it comes to strong minded troublesome individuals. Marko is no stranger to controversy, nor do I see him being anywhere close to being an improvement to the team. Paying £20/25 million on Marko is a HUGE gamble in my opinion, what happens when he falls out of favour with the manager like others have done before him? Does he get his contract terminated, does he go on strike, does he travel abroad to try and fashion a transfer without the club’s knowledge?

The sending off in his second game for the club was quite honestly shocking, it proved he had no respect for his team mates, his manager, the fans and most shockingly of all he obviously has no respect for any man after elbowing a fellow professional in the side of the head from behind. Cowardly if you ask me. If I did that to someone in the street, I’d be doing porridge for my crime.

So after the recent William Carvalho nonsense, why don’t we have a little look back at the signings we’ve had under the current board. I could have added the signing price and selling price but I think it makes it more fun without transfer fees.

Which signings have been a success and which haven’t?

  • Benni McCarthy
  • Ilan
  • Thomas Hitzlesperger
  • Pablo Barrera
  • Frederic Piquionne
  • Winston Reid
  • Lars Jacobsen
  • Gary O’Neill
  • Demba Ba
  • Paul McCallum
  • Abdoulaye Faye
  • Kevin Nolan
  • Matthew Taylor
  • John Carew
  • Sam Baldock
  • Pape Bouba Diop
  • Guy Demel
  • Ricardo Vaz Te
  • Nicky Maynard
  • Ravel Morrison
  • Stephen Henderson
  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
  • Mohamed Diame
  • George McCartney
  • Modibo Miaga
  • Raphael Spiegel
  • James Collins
  • Alou Diarra
  • Matt Jarvis
  • Sean McGuire
  • Joe Cole
  • Razvan Rat
  • Adrian
  • Cheikhou Kouyate
  • Martin Samuelson
  • Aaron Cresswell
  • Deigo Poyet
  • Enner Valencia
  • Morgan Amalfitano
  • Doneil Henry
  • Nene
  • Darren Randolph
  • Stephen Hendrie
  • Dimitri Payet
  • Pedro Obiang
  • George Dobson
  • Angelo Ogbonna
  • Nikica Jelavic
  • Micheal Antonio
  • Diafra Sakho
  • Sam Byram
  • Moses Makasi
  • Sofiane Fegouli
  • Manuel Lanzini
  • Ashley Fletcher
  • Harvard Nordveit
  • Antonio Martinez
  • Andre Ayew
  • Arthur Masuaku
  • Edimilson Fernandes
  • Alvaro Arbeloa
  • Jose Fonte
  • Nathan Holland
  • Robert Snodgrass
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • Marko Arnautovic
  • Javier Hernandez
  • Sead Haksabonovic

I’ll let you be the judge of which are successful signings and which aren’t. Please feel free to comment on your five favourite signings and your five worst signings.

On This Day 13th July

Tuesday 13th July 1965

The final of West Ham United’s tour in the American Soccer League ended with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Brazilian side Portugesa. The tournament had been a poor one for The Hammers, a cracked ankle bone to Jonny Byrne didn’t help matters.

 

Friday 13th July 2001

Former striker and fans’ favourite Paul Goddard was installed as the assistant to Hammer’s manager Glenn Roeder. Goddard left Upton Park in 2003 following the arrival of Alan Pardew.

 

Tuesday 13th July 2004

Having lost the Play Off Final just over six weeks previously to Crystal Palace,  The Hammers kicked off their pre-season tour of Sweden with a 5-0 win over Umea FC. Fan Favourite Bobby Zamora netted a hat-trick with the other two goals coming from Marlon Harewood and Youssef Sofiane.

Wednesday evening update

Hello fellow Hammers, sorry for the lack of updates and uploads during the past few weeks, for a few reasons I’ve not had the time or the motivation to blog.

The past few weeks I’ve tried to distance myself from anything with the club on social media due to some disgraceful actions from our own “fans” directed at a life long fan, ITK blogger and a good friend of mine through social media. I’ve never met “Exwhuemployee” but I fully respect what he does for the fans of the football club I love and support as well as the help and support he has given me throughout the few short months that we have been in contact with each other.

With Ex gone from Twitter my source had disappeared and the abuse and negativity on social media seemingly was redirected in another direction, mostly to the owners, their sons and anyone else involved in the club got an even more heated abuse especially with the Nigerian striker signing with Everton. I will just say that if West Ham had signed the striker and loaned him out like Everton had to due to his work visa, I know there would be so much negativity directed at the owners for signing a player that can’t play for at least one year!

With all the negativity on social media around the owners and transfers or lack of transfers it was best for me personally to step away or a week or two especially with a busy personal life recently with a search for a new job and a new car. I’m not for one minute agreeing with the owners, the transfer policies, any opinions or anything else, nor am I disagreeing with it, I’m simply saying the way people go about their business online and on social media has certainly rubbed me up the wrong way recently. Anyway, let us move on to the news!

1410880020995_wps_91_SEPTEMBER_15TH_2014_HULL_Enner Valencia seems to be all but confirmed to be moving back to the Mexican League.

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As stated before, Manchester City Kelchy Ineanacho has interest from multiple clubs including West Ham but the player is said to be having a dispute with a former agent, the player would prefer to sort out these agent issues before moving to a new club if he were to move from away from The Etihad.

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Staying in Manchester, Former United striker Chicharito Hernandez seems to have a £13 million release clause, The Hammers were linked with the striker in the past and if the club were to stand any chance to sign the Mexican international then they would have to make him their highest earner.

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Another striker the club have been long admirers of is Burnley’s Andre Gray. The club are looking to bring in two strikers, a winger and a central midfielder but signing a striker is top priority.

 

If the club were to sign a central midfielder then Josh Cullen would most likely move on loan, there have also been several loan offers made for other West Ham youngsters.

 

Friday evening round up

It’s been a pretty quiet week for West Ham related news compared to previous years, it seems that the club have learnt from last year and have become slightly more hush hush on certain things. With that said, the club have seen a few departures this week with the Hammers letting Raphael Spiegel leave permanently, Reece Oxford on loan and Håvard Nordtveit for a fee believed to be around the £4 million mark. 

It is rumoured that a few more players may be loaned out in the coming weeks with Reece Burke being the most notable names loaned out. It seems as if Bolton are the most interested in Reece at this moment in time. 

Arsenal are rumoured to be close to agreeing a deal to sign Alexandre Lacazette, West Ham will be hoping this helps in regards to signing Gunners French striker Olivier Giroud

On this day: Sunday June 1963.

The Hammers were in New York for a group match against French side Valenciennes in the American Soccer League. The star of the match was Geoff Hurst who netted a hatrick in the 3-1 win. 

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