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Teddy Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham tells all

Ex-West Ham player/coach Teddy Sheringham has given an interview to 888sport.com ahead of the new season kicking off this weekend.

He’s given them his thoughts on Harry Redknapp, Andy Carroll, Charlie Austin and more.

Teddy Sheringham: Harry Redknapp will be back soon

In a 25 year career Teddy Sheringham played under some truly outstanding managers: Brian Clough, Terry Venables, Sir Alex Ferguson, and – for one season at Portsmouth where he became the oldest Premier League player to score a hat-trick – Harry Redknapp.

Now, in an exclusive interview with 888sport.com the 51-cap England international has revealed he believes Redknapp will shortly be returning to a top level dug-out after an involuntary six month hiatus.

“He’s a football man and has had very good results with clubs along the way so I can quite easily see him coming back soon.”

To which club only time – and the inevitable September sackings – will tell but Sheringham can empathise with the unavoidable lure of the tracksuit after being tempted into management for the first time this season with Stevenage FC.

“It came from being involved with Sam Allardyce and West Ham last year. Seeing how things were done. I’ve been a football man since I was a little kid so this is my game. People say about putting something back but it’s not really that. It’s more about passing on your knowledge and hopefully they will learn along the way.”

Teddy Sheringham: Andy Carroll’s quality surprised me

51-cap England international Teddy Sheringham has revealed he was ‘nicely surprised’ by the quality of Andy Carroll’s striking ability after taking on the role of attacking coach at West Ham United last season.

Speaking in an exclusive interview for 888sport.com the new Stevenage FC boss reveals, “I was surprised about his qualities when I went there. I can remember doing the first shooting session – and he’d already told me how good he was by the way – but I was nicely surprised at how decent his technique and quality was. He could definitely score a goal.”

Sheringham is rightly proud of the work he achieved under the guidance of Sam Allardyce as the Hammers tore into unprepared defences for the first half of 2014/15.

“It was a massive thing. I really liked Kouyate at the start of the season then Sakho came in and what a combination they could be. Then Valencia made an impact and it was very different again. With Andy Carroll they had four strikers who could cover every scenario of attacking play. They had a bit of everything.”

Teddy Sheringham exclusive: West Ham need Charlie Austin

51-cap England international Teddy Sheringham has suggested his former club would be mad not to bid in the region of £15m for QPR hit-man Charlie Austin especially now the Hammers have suffered a long-term injury loss to Enner Valencia.

Speaking exclusively to 888sport.com the striking legend – who was West Ham’s attacking coach last season – failed to hide his excitement at the prospect of a player he clearly rates highly joining up with the East End club.

When asked whether Austin represented value at that price Sheringham responded,

“Without a shadow. Yes, yes, yes. He got 18 goals for QPR last year and that’s not easy to do. That boy scores goals and I love his ways and the way he plays football. He would be a great signing.”


Teddy Sheringham exclusive: Hernandez should leave Old Trafford

Manchester United legend Teddy Sheringham has urged Javier Hernandez to leave Old Trafford for another of his former clubs West Ham in an exclusive interview for 888sport.com.

Admitting he is a fan of the Mexican striker Sheringham – who was West Ham’s attacking coach last season – remains perplexed as to why the player nicknamed ‘Little Pea’ has struggled to establish himself at United or, more recently, Real Madrid on loan.

“He’ll want to be playing first team football and I don’t know why he can’t hold down a regular place for whichever team he plays for. He could work well alongside Diafra Sakho.”

The new Stevenage FC boss was talking ahead of the season’s opener this Saturday that involves two of his former clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Read his full and frank interview here.

Dimitri Payet

Another signing?

WHUFCTV.com are today reporting that we have signed Dimitri Payet from Marseille, although it is unclear as the news came from a tweet by agent Muzzi Ozcan, who then hastliy deleted the tweet. The consensus is that Ozcan jumped the gun prior to the club officially announcing the signing, so it looks as if it might be true.  Wikipedia states that Florent Dimitri Payet (born 29 March 1987) primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and a winger and is described as a player who is “quick” and “blessed with terrific technique and dribbling skills”. Sounds like a good addition to the squad.


Carl Jenkinson playing for West Ham

West Ham astonishingly lose out over Jenkinson loan?

If reports are to be believed, Sunderland have won the race to sign defender Carl Jenkinson on loan from Arsenal for a paltry £1.5m

If this is true I am gobsmacked. How could the Dave’s and/or Slaven Bilic let this happen? Jenkinson was one of our top players last season and made the right back position his own. He apparently wants to come back to West Ham, so what is the problem?

Sort it out!


West Ham again show a complete lack of class in merchandise embarrassment!

The current incumbents of the West Ham tenure have again showed a complete lack of class with the release in the online shop of merchandise celebrating the “treble” that the Hammers won last season. No, not the FA Cup , Premiership title and Champions League of course! Messrs Sullivan and Gold have seen fit to brag about winning, wait for it, 3 matches against Spurs in one season! I mean, how embarrassing. What next? How about a “We scored a goal” t-shirt or a “We actually won a game!” mug. Yet again we are the laughing stock of football. Sometimes it is like our club is being run by Delboy and Rodney. Good grief.

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.


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!

Big Sam

Why so glum, chum?

As the current season draws to an unsatisfactory close, West Ham are all but safe from relegation and look to have secured another season in the top flight. But there is not much celebrating going on, not much smiling. What would bring a broad smile to the face of, say, a Cardiff fan, has left the West Ham faihful grumbling and fed up with the goings on at Upton Park Towers.

With continuing calls for the manager’s head, the Hammers approach the final 3 games needing the odd point or two to make sure of survival. But why is everyone one so miserable? And what can be done?

It is a matter of public record that the West Ham chairmen view financial stability, and thus Premier League survival, as the only item on the agenda prior to the move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016. That’s why they employed Sam Allardyce in the first place, and that’s why he will remain our manager until then. Yes, there are managers available out there who could bring more attractive football to the club. But they also bring risk. Risk of it all going pear-shaped. Allardyce is the safe bet in financially uncertain times. He took us up from the Championship, and he’s kept us in the Premiership (God willing) for 2 years on the trot. He has done what has been asked of him, and he has done it under difficult circumstances (albeit some of his own making).

But yes it is dull. Boring. It is football by numbers. As I sit in my chair watching the game, I feel no passion. I feel numb. Depressed. I see a game plan that is the same every week. Don’t give anything away, defend for 80 minutes, and maybe we’ll pinch one at the other end. A nil-nil draw is “good” result. It is knock the ball up to Andy Carroll. He’ll knock it down for someone else to try to get on the end of it. Except we’re pretty crap at knocking it up to Carroll. Jarvis is in and out. Downing is just generally rubbish at crossing. The rest are just as bad. When Carroll needs an angled ball with pace on it, he gets a high floated effort that is as useful as a chocolate fireguard, or they chicken out altogether and knock it sideways. They paid how much a week? And they can’t even cross the ball very well? Sheesh. And that is Plan A. Plan B doesn’t exist (with Carroll in the team, anyway).

I was thinking the other day, that I would actually not mind us getting relegated if we played some decent football along the way and played with a bit of passion. But that’s not what it’s all about any more, football. It’s now all about money, fear, survival. Football is now a business. It matters not that it’s boring to watch. The fans will always turn up. It’s balance sheets and calculators. But that’s the way it is for everyone. We had better get used to it. The good old days are gone, never to return. If you have loads of money to spend you’ll be fine. It will even be fun to watch. But those of us scrabbling around at the bottom of the barrel will have to make do. (Financial Fair Play? What a crock of shite!)

I can see Allardyce going in a couple of years. Once he has done his job. Maybe the next chap will bring some flair and excitement, who knows? But for now, mid-table security is the best we can hope for. I suppose we ought to be grateful. The Davids have saved the club from finanical ruin and the club is now being run properly. They have spent a lot of their own dosh on the club, and I guess they have the right to do as they see fit. To be honest we should all be a bit grateful. I know it’s a bit crap at the moment, but I actually feel maybe we should just put up with it for a bit longer. Until the Olympic Stadium. We might even win something on the way. As they say, better safe than sorry.

Now where’s my medication?


Poll: Should Sam Be Our Manager Next Season?

Social media gives West Ham fans a voice. Sometimes that voice makes uncomfortable listening for those in power. Hundreds of thousands of us use social media to vent our views on all things West Ham most days of the week. It’s rare that we all come together as one but in a unique, probably one-off initiative, virtually all the most popular West Ham sites, blogs and forums have decided to come together and run a unique poll on Sam Allardyce’s future. It asks one significant question…

“Should Sam Allardyce be retained as West Ham manager next season?”

The participating sites are listed below. Between the sites we probably have more than a quarter of a million unique users each month between us. Maybe many more. We hope as many supporters as possible will take part. You will also be asked how often you go to a game, your age and where you live, just to ensure transparency and so we can’t be derided as armchair supporters who never watch a game.

Please only take part in this poll if you are a supporter of West Ham United Football Club. And please only vote once. Multiple votes will be rejected by the polling software. Each of the participating sites will publish the results of the poll simultaneously next week. The results will also be forwarded to David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady. Please spread the word and encourage all your West Ham supporting friends to register their vote…


Please note that this is not just an “anti-Sam” poll, but an attempt to find out what the genuine fans feel is the best way forward for the club.


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


Let’s get football clean.