WHO Poll
Q: 2017/18 Brighton (h)
a. If e can stop being the masters of our own downfall we should take 3 points, win
77%
  
b. We seem too flaky at the moment and don't expect an easy game, draw
8%
  
c. We can't put teams away and have a soft underbelly, lose
8%
  
d. Did you know that Eurovision 1974 was held in Brighton and launched ABBA onto the world stage with Waterloo
5%
  
e. I love Friday Night Football, it gives me the chance to show everyone down the local just how big a West Ham nut I am, hat, scarf, shirt, you name it I'll be wearing it
3%
  



Alan 1:05 Sat Sep 16
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Inter Milan are hoping to beat Arsenal and Tottenham to the signing of 22-year-old Paris St-Germain and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot. (Calciomercato, via Talksport)

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu says forward Lionel Messi is already playing under the terms of his new contract with the club, even though the 30-year-old has yet to sign it. (8TV, via Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says midfielder Dele Alli, 21, needs to keep his focus on his football as six of football's biggest agencies try to sign him up. (Telegraph)

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, says he is concentrating on trying to win trophies with Spurs while the Belgium international's father and agent sort out his contract. (Talksport)

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is open to a move to the Premier League, but Real Madrid are likely to rival any bid for the 21-year-old Germany international. (Don Balon, via Daily Star)

Everton defender Michael Keane, 24, says former club Manchester United "showed a lot of interest" in signing him in the summer but he chose a switch to Goodison Park from Burnley for more first-team football as he "wasn't as big a fan" of United as he had been. (Times - subscription required)

Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier, 26, says Belgium team-mate and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, would be a good addition for the French club. (La Parisien, in French)

Meanwhile, PSG forward Julian Draxler, 23, wants to move to Barcelona after losing his place to Neymar but a move in January could be in doubt as he played against Celtic in the Champions League and would be ineligible to play for another team in the competition this season. (Don Balon, via Daily Express)

Manchester United should sign Real Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane, 24, and Borussia Dortmund's 28-year-old Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says former United striker Louis Saha. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, 24, says Manchester United were interested in signing him in the summer but that he "didn't think twice" about switching from Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland believes he can become England number one while playing for the Potters, but the 24-year-old also wants Champions League football. (Daily Mirror)

Bayern Munich and Germany forward Thomas Muller, 28, has admitted he considered leaving the Bundesliga champions for Manchester United in 2015. (Kicker, via Independent)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sent scouts to watch Benfica's 21-year-old Serbia winger Andrija Zivkovic. (O Jogo, in Portuguese)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is confident defender and captain Jamaal Lascelles, 23, will soon sign an improved contract. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola fears academy midfielder Brahim Diaz, 18, could be tempted by a move to Real Madrid. (Daily Express)

Manchester City and France left-back Benjamin Mendy, 23, would not have left Monaco if Chelsea was his only option, says Monaco's vice president Vadim Vasilyev. (L'Equipe, via Independent)

West Brom's Chinese owners have rejected an approach from a US investor to buy the club. (Bloomberg)

Everton have to sign a number nine in the January transfer window to stand any chance of qualifying for Europe, says former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves. (BBC Radio 5 live In Short)

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, 23, will reject a move to Barcelona in order to sign for Real Madrid. (Don Balon - in Spanish)

Former Newcastle midfielder Nolberto Solano, 42, is being lined up as the next manager of Gillingham, whose current boss Adrian Pennock says he is unaware of any plans to replace him.(Kent Online)

Meanwhile...

From Bob Marley to Muhammad Ali, Watford striker Andre Gray has revealed the story behind his many tattoos. (Telegraph)

Newcastle's 22-year-old midfielder Isaac Hayden is a regular helper at one of the city's food banks. (Independent)

Burnley defender James Tarkowski, 24, has rejected an approach to play for Poland as he is hopeful of turning out for England. (Times - subscription required)

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to stay with the club "for a long time", despite speculation surrounding his future. (FourFourTwo)

Liverpool fans have suggested former midfielder Steven Gerrard looks more like current Reds right-back Jon Flanagan after he was brought back as one of the club's 'legends' in Pro Evolution Soccer 2018. (Sun)

Manager Rafael Benitez says he missed part of Newcastle's 1-0 victory at Swansea last Sunday while watching at home because of illness - when a storm knocked out his TV signal. (Daily Mail)

The best of Friday's gossip...

Real Madrid are set to revive their interest in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 26, next summer. (Don Balon, via Goal)

However, Spain goalkeeper De Gea has hinted at a long-term Manchester United stay - by moving into a new house. (Sun)

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, will reject a move to Real Madrid in order to join the Gunners' Premier League rivals Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will look to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij, 25, in January. (Calicomercato, via Talksport)







OS

Manager on Matchday

We must show hunger & intensity against West Brom

I’d like to start by thanking everyone who sent me Birthday wishes on Monday. As you can probably guess, the best present I received was the result and team performance against Huddersfield later that evening.

We obviously changed a few things around for the game and I have been asked about that this week, but for the players it wasn’t a new or unfamiliar system. The back three has always been an option for us – we used it in my first season and second season – and we have the players who can fit into it.

But it isn’t the system that wins you matches. I have already said that I felt we beat Huddersfield on Saturday and Sunday when I saw the intensity and fire in training. By that, I mean that it was the work we put in and the zone we got ourselves into that led to us dominating the game in the way we did and securing the victory.

I must say, our supporters were also fantastic. Not only did they raise the atmosphere at kick-off, but they also remained patient and applauded us off at half-time when it was 0-0, which I can tell you didn’t go unnoticed in the dressing-room.

The fans saw the effort, the willingness and the dedication that the players had put in, and their support gave us that extra motivation to keep pushing in the second half until eventually we got the goal we deserved.

Obviously the three points were the priority, but our defensive performance as a team gave me just as much pleasure.

The fact that we didn’t give away silly balls, didn’t give them space either in front or behind our back line, and restricted them to hardly any attacks on our goal. And that gives the whole team a big boost.

We were also physically dominant against Huddersfield, and we know we must show similar physical qualities against West Brom, who are a big, tough side.

But that is the minimum. The physical strength, the high tempo, and to repeat that hunger and desire. I watched Cristiano Ronaldo score for Real Madrid in the Champions League this week and he celebrated like crazy, as if it was his first goal in the competition rather than his 106th.

Then he scored another from the penalty spot and sprinted in to retrieve the ball and get the game started again – desperate to try and score a third. And that is part of the reason why he is as great as he is. That hunger and consistency, day in, day out, to stay at the top.

On Saturday, we must show the hunger to produce the level of intensity we showed against Huddersfield. After the disappointments at Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle, we are desperate to reward our devoted away supporters with a result and performance they can be proud of.

Have a safe journey if you are travelling to The Hawthorns.

Come on you Irons!





Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

gph 1:21 Sat Sep 16
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Takashi Miike 1:09 Sat Sep 16
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:07 Sat Sep 16
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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