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“Invisible” Elliot Lee bags another 3 goals as Development squad edge past Woking

The invisible man of West Ham’s playing staff, young Elliot Lee, scored a hat-trick tonight as the West Ham Development squad edged a competitive affair against Woking at the Kingfield Stadium. This follows a barrage of goals already this pre-season, and the poor lad must be wondering what he has to do to make it into the first team on a regular basis. Perhaps growing another 12 inches might help, eh Sam?

A full match report can be found here: http://www.wokingfc.co.uk/news/article/4602/late-goal-sees-hammers-edge-past-cards/?

Gold & Sullivan

Gold and Sullivan plumb new depths and heap more humiliation on West Ham United

It could only happen at West Ham!

After failing to back or sack Sam Allardyce at the end of last season, the owners decided that he would be given one last chance to appease the fans who demanded more entertaining football and a more attacking philosophy. Instead of employing a manager to manage the club the way he knows how, they have imposed a style and set of tactics on a man who knows no other way to play and the consequences are surely a long, hard season of battling against relegation. Moreover, instead of even giving him the chance to prove that he can deliver what has been asked, Sullivan and Gold seem intent on sniping and interfering at every step of the way. They publicly contradicted Allardyce’s stance on Ravel Morrison’s future, causing the manager to backtrack 24 hours later, and now it seems that David Gold has “favourited” a Tweet calling for the manager’s head.

Allardyce has also not been slow to stick his own oar in. After two defeats and lacklustre displays against New Zealand opposition, Allardyce blamed the new style of play on the defensive frailties, and now rumours abound that Allardyce may not even see the first game of the season.

This whole episode is an embarrassment to the club, and the owners need to sort it out quickly. There is no point in carrying on with a manager that is clearly not wanted by the board, and instead of shooting their mouths off in public, they should take firm and immediate action (and grow a pair) and dispense with his services. The owners need also to take a good look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves “are we fit and proper owners for this club?”

Sam Allardyce

Player power to keep Allardyce in job?

Today is the day. The big, end of season meeting at Sullivan Towers will today decide Sam Allardyce’s fate. Allardyce has come under intense pressure recently from fans who demand an end to the boring, anti-football that the manager favours to get results. But it looks like Allardyce could be saved by the power of the players, as one by one the senior pros have come out in support of their manager.

Yesterday it was skipper Kevin Nolan who said: “Hopefully Sam’s going to keep his job and be able to do what he’s done and recruit in the summer and bring people in to go on.

“Sometimes it’s a mistake to change. If you do get rid, who do you bring in?

“His pride is definitely hurt and anyone who knows him should know that. At the end of the day he deserves more respect than what he’s got and I’m disappointed there is all this talk.

“But that’s the life of a football manager. He’s got a thick skin and he’s got a meeting with the chairman this week to discuss where we are going to go in the future and all the lads are hoping it is only paper talk.

“It’s crazy, but that’s the world of football these days. The pressure on people is enormous and that’s something what the gaffer’s got to put up with.

“I’ll be very disappointed if he lost the job and all those boys in the dressing room will be very disappointed.

“Before he came we were in the Championship, and it was in a real bad state – not just on the outside, but inside and that’s what he does, he builds from the foundations up and he’s starting to build something here.

“He’s got the vision and he’s got to make us believe his vision. If we all get behind him, the chairman, myself, the players, the fans, if we all get behind him, together we will be in for a successful future for this club”.

Now, fan power is one thing, and Sullivan and Gold run the risk of performances being affected by critical fans next season if Allardyce stays. But player power is also a big factor in all this. If Allardyce does get the heave-ho and the players are not as comfortable with his replacement, then performances could suffer even more. If the new manager has lost the dressing room before he even gets here, then the prospect of relegation becomes a real possibility.

So what will Sullivan and Gold do? My guess is that they will give him one more season and play it by ear. If the results pick up and West Ham start playing with a more attacking bent next season, then the fans will be happy. If the song remains the same then he could be gone by October/November.

It will certainly be a fascinating day.

XFactor

Poll result: And the winner of the X-Factor 2014 is………………………..

Well, it certainly isn’t Big Sam.

In a poll conducted by 16 West Ham related fan sites more than 12,392 people took part, and 77.95% of them have expressed the view that Sam Allardyce should not be retained as West Ham manager next season. 22.05% voted for him to continue in his job. The survey ran from Thursday and closed at 7pm on Sunday 27 April. It is thought to be the largest ‘opinion poll’ ever undertaken of a club’s supporters.

The 16 sites taking part were Blowing Bubbles, Claret & Blues, Claret & Hugh, Ex-Hammers Magazine, Forever West Ham, Hammers in the Heart, Iron Views, KUMB, Moore Than Just a Club, Very West Ham, West Ham Fan (that’s us folks!), West Ham Online, West Ham Till I Die, West Ham World, WHU Stuff and WHUFCTV.com.

Of those who voted, 27% are season ticket holders, with a further 48% attending home matches. A quarter of the respondents never go to a game, but watch them on TV.

28% of those who voted live in London, 26% in the South East, and 12% in East Anglia. 14% who voted are overseas supporters.

Of those who voted, a massive 4,850 people left comments. The points made in the comments which seem to be the most repeated are these…

* We should thank Sam for what he has done but he is not the man for the future of the club.
* Nobody wants a witch hunt but it is time for him to go
* Be careful what we wish for – he should not be sacked without a clear idea of who is to replace him
* Many people are threatening not to renew their season tickets
* Sam’s style of football is too one-dimensional. There is no plan B.

The conclusions of the poll have been sent to David Sullivan.

Soooo……..what now? My guess is the Davids will wait till the summer’s end of season debriefing and see what Big Sam has got to say. They need to balance the fact that Allardyce has actually delivered (barring a miracle) what they asked him to do, but they need to heed the fans too. A new season with the fans continually barracking the manager and players is not a recipe for success on the pitch. The fans need to be behind both the manager and the team and, if Allardyce is still here, that probably will not happen, unless Johnny leopard changes his spots. I think the Davids like the fact that Big Sam delivers survival on a regular basis. With the move to the Olympic stadium round the corner, that is the number priority in the next couple of seasons. Bringing in a new man with more panache and flair brings its own risks, and it will be a brave decision to give Sam the heave ho. But the die is cast and the might of the West Ham blog readers have spoken. The poll turnout was (I think) higher than the poll for the Olympic Stadium move conducted by West Ham, so the result of this new poll cannot be taken lightly. Disgruntled fans means less income and unhealthy atmosphere for the players. If a new is deemed to be the best solution, they need to act fast. They need to hit the ground running next season, and, if they can afford to, new players have to be bought, though who would actually want to come to West Ham is another matter. A lot would depend on who they choose as manager.

It’s going to be an interesting next few months!

Sign This Petition!

Sign this petition now! Make the FA Take retrospective action against players who are guilty of simulation in football

What a fantastic response from all right-minded people! The petition has been running for less than 2 days and we are rapidly approaching 1000 signatures!!

This is our chance to make a point to the FA. We need to tell them that we are fed up with their inaction. Players that cheat and feign injury to gain an unfair advantage must start to pay for their actions.

If you haven’t already signed, please do so. If you have, thanks very much! But we need more support for this petition. We need to get tens of thousands of people voting. Not just West Ham fans – all genuine football fans that care about the game.

So, please send this link to your friends. Email them, tweet them, tell them. Send the link to anyone who you think will make a difference. I have been tweeting journalists, players, politicians, you name it.

Here is the link: goo.gl/5FH0xJ

To the FA – BAN THESE CHEATS!!

Let’s get football clean.

Cheers

Mark

FA Cup no bother for Allardyce, as West Ham become lambs to the slaughter

As the FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest approached, few would have argued that West Ham’s priority should be Premier League survival, and considering Sam Allardyce’s indifference towards playing youth in the first team this season, few would have predicted a team selection comprising a large percentage of the U21 side.

For some time, fans (including myself) have been asking why no youth players seem to be getting a chance at West Ham, with the likes of Elliot Lee, Blair Turgott and Pelly Ruddock showing promise. No doubt this has been a source of irritation for Sam Allardyce who after all is the manager and knows best what his players are capable of. Even when we are so deperately short of fit first team players, Allardyce has preferred playing senior players out of position, and persevering with out of form players like Maiga. Surely blooding new talent gradually in first team games with senior players around them to give them advice and encouragement is the sensible way of going about it? It seems not. Instead, as if to prove a point, Allardyce today fielded a near entire team of young players up against high flyers Nottingham Forest, with only the lightweight collection of Jarvis, Maiga, Diarra and Downing providing the leadership that was required.

Forest bossed the first half and could have had a few, but the young Hammers kept the score down to a single penalty goal. The formation with three centre halves at the back was clearly not working with the defence being run ragged. The second half started and Big Sam obviously thought that things weren’t going quite to plan, and promptly hauled off Diarra and Downing and thrust on yet more lambs to the slaughter to fill their shoes. The tactics stayed the same of course. This had the desired effect, and Forest rattled in 5 goals by the end, and it could have been more.

As Sam Allardyce walked off smiling at the end, the young lads of West Ham trudged off with pain and disappointment in their faces and in their hearts. They had mostly tried their best but had been hung out to dry by their manager who had showed no intent to win the match, and seemed solely interested in proving a point and showing that he was in indeed right all along, such is the arrogance of the man. What should have been an opportunity for a few young lads to show what they can do ended in an exercise in cannon fodder that some of the lads may not recover from.

I have lost all respect I once had for Sam Allardyce, and I will be glad when he leaves these shores with his big fat pay cheque lining his big fat pockets. Shame on you.

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Man United preview – bring it on!

West Ham travel to Old Trafford tomorrow with their best chance in a long time of taking all three points from the game. With Rooney, Van-Persie, Nani and Carrick all absent through injury, and Manchester United playing below par post Ferguson, a buoyant West Ham side stand a great chance of getting the victory they so desperately need.

This season has been a major disappointment for the manager, owners and fans of West Ham. The Andy Carroll debacle has been widely documented, and Sam Allardyce has come under increasing pressure as the Hammers drift precariously close to the bottom of the table. The owners have publicly backed the manager (always a bad omen for managers!), although should the results not improve quickly it will take a lot for the owners to hold their nerve in face the inevitable calls for a change of leadership. Under scrutiny, the West Ham players seem to still be behind the manager with committment not currently an issue. Many argue that West Ham have just been unlucky this season, although you tend to make your own luck when you stick all your eggs in one large, leaky basket. Personally, I think that Allardyce should stay, as I think that results will pick up and we will finish comfortably mid-table at the end of the season. Allardyce’s man-management skills and unflinching confidence should see him through, although there will be an interesting end of season review between the manager and the owners.

The win against Spurs on Wednesday should hopefully serve to boost the confidence of the squad, and in particular Maiga, who is capable of good things when he has the confidence to apply himself. It will be interesting to see if Allardyce starts with Maiga instead of Carlton Cole who started the Spurs game. Tomkins returns from injury, but is likely to start on the bench, and Ravel Morrison returns to his former club with a point to prove. Diame and Noble should return in place of Collison and Diarra, with Kevin Nolan sitting out the last of his three game suspension.

With both teams playing mid-week, there are likely to be some tired legs out there, but I have a good feeling about this game and predict another 2-1 win, with Welbeck being the main danger.

COYI

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Insanity

Well, I didn’t think he would do it, but he did. Despite being blindingly obvious to everyone else, Sam Allardyce again played Modibo Maiga up front on his own in the match against Hull, and – surprise, surprise – West Ham failed to score yet again. Not only that, but the referee conspired against us, inflicting a worrying 1-0 defeat with a very soft penalty decision.

As another fan reminded me today (I can’t remember who!), Einstein once said that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I’m beginning to think that Mr Allardyce is indeed in La-La Land, and we are going to be in serious trouble very soon if something is not done now. The whole situation is laughable, as I mentioned in a previous post, but the chairmen must also take a large share of the blame as well as our one-dimensional manager. How we can end up with just one (injury prone) striker with no backup is beyond me.

Allardyce out?

Elliot Lee – what does he have to do?

West Ham development squad trounced Ipswich 5-0 tonight, but the main talking point was four goals from Elliot Lee. At a time when the first team are struggling to score, young Elliot must be wondering what he has to do to get picked for the first team. He has been banging in goal after goal for the development squad this season, but Sam Allardyce somehow refuses to trust the youngster to do the business for the first team. Modibo Maiga has been clearly ineffective in front of goal this season, but still Allardyce stubbornly persists with him. A resurgent Ricardo Vaz Te is also knocking on the door and may get the nod for the Hull game tomorrow, but surely now Allardyce must give Lee a chance in the next few games. I know he is not 7 foot tall and he doesn’t fit the Big Sam template of a striker, but the manager must surely now dust off Plan B and give it a try while Carroll is still crocked. Surely?

COYI