WHO Poll
Q: 2018/19 Wolves (H)
a. At last we have a win now let's make it two, Win
b. A win against 10 men and two leagues below us is fine, but this will be much harder I'll take a point, Draw
c. Who are we kidding, a win against Wimbledon and all is rosy, forget it we're getting our arses kicked in this one, Lose
d. It's at times like these when you really do miss Love Island
e. I was all over this game until I found out it's not on the box, the broadcasting companies really don't care about us hard core fans do they, I might pop off to Thorpe Park for the day instead, obviously in my WHU shirt

Alan 11:50 Sun Oct 1
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 26, is set to sign a £300,000-a-week deal to make him the highest paid player in the Premier League. (Sunday Express)

But manager Antonio Conte could leave Chelsea at the end of the season, according to sources close to the 48-year-old Italian. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Carlo Ancelotti wants to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager after being sacked by Bayern Munich. (Mediaset Premium, via Metro)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is lining up a £20m January move for West Ham striker and ex-Liverpool forward Andy Carroll, 28. (Sun on Sunday)

AC Milan are plotting a January transfer move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28. (Don Balon, in Spanish)

Arsenal are planning to give 25-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere a new four-year deal. (Sunday People)

Chelsea are following Steaua Bucharest's 19-year-old winger Florinel Coman. (Mail on Sunday)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has not ruled out a move for 29-year-old Watford striker Troy Deeney in January. (Hertfordshire Mercury)

Liverpool are keen on Sheffield United's 20-year-old winger David Brooks, who earned a Wales call-up earlier this week. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United and Liverpool are interested in Trabzonspor attacking midfielder Yusuf Yazici, 20. (Fanatik, in Turkish)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, whose family still lives on Merseyside, would be open to a return to former club Liverpool in the future. (Newcastle Chronicle)

West Ham midfielder Reece Oxford, 18, is "massively disappointed" his loan move to Borussia Moenchengladbach was cut short. (Sun on Sunday)

Barcelona forwards Gerard Deulofeu, 23, and Paco Alcacer, 24, want to quit the club after struggling to get chances under new boss Ernesto Valverde. (Marca, via Sunday Express)

Newcastle have held initial talks with several interested parties over potential investment at St James' Park. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, 27, wants his contract to at least match that of the new deal handed to 21-year-old team-mate Marco Asensio. (Don Balon, in Spanish)


England manager Gareth Southgate says the families and partners of England players will be welcome at their hotel at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the team on the brink of qualifying for the tournament. (Sunday Telegraph)

The "big six" clubs in the Premier League could threaten a breakaway if they do not get more of the money from overseas broadcast rights. (Sunday Mirror)

Fans of Brazilian side Ibis Sport are angry after the "worst team in the world" won three games in a row. (Guardian)

Barcelona could join the English Premier League if Catalonia wins independence from Spain, according to the Catalan sports minister. (Sunday Express)

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, 28, has admitted to having to take five painkillers to get through every game. (Guardian)

Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno, 25, says the side's defensive problems are a "team issue" and down to a "lack of concentration". (Sunday Telegraph)

Moreno has also told his critics they "should shut their mouths now I am back in the team". (Observer)

Belgium and Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, 31, plans to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup. (Mail on Sunday)

Everton attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson says he and team-mate Wayne Rooney will "do the best for the team" whoever gets picked in their favoured central role. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

The best of Saturday's gossip

Barcelona have joined Liverpool and Real Madrid in being interested in 21-year-old RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner. (Mundo Deportivo, in Spanish)

However, Liverpool's hopes of signing RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita in January rather than next summer as agreed are slim even if the German club exit the Champions League. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, wants an extension to his Gunners contract after returning to first-team football. (Goal.com)

Tottenham are considering a move for 19-year-old Everton forward Ademola Lookman. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool and Tottenham target Geoffrey Kondogbia will join Valencia on a permanent deal from Inter Milan when the 24-year-old midfielder's loan at the Spanish club finishes. (Talksport)


West Ham 1-0 Swansea: Diafra Sakho nets dramatic late winner for Hammers to light up dour game and ease pressure on Slaven Bilic

Swansea dominated possession in first half but neither side managed to create clear-cut chances
West Ham supporters at London Stadium grew restless at their side's lack of fluidity during opening period
Pattern of play continued into second half, with both teams seemingly fearful of dropping points
Diafra Sakho's late strike proved to be the difference as the Hammers claimed all three points at home

By Riath Al-samarrai

They booed at half-time, they booed again at the restart and they booed louder still when Slaven Bilic made a pair of substitutions near the end. Given what followed, the West Ham manager might have felt entitled to shout a little something back at the final whistle.

Instead, he clapped them. And more than that, he told them they were ‘right to boo – we deserved it’.

When it was put to him that it was the kind of booing that can get a struggling manager the sack, the Croatian simply shrugged. He is surely aware there is a chunk of the West Ham support that would welcome a change, but he saw no point in gloating about the obvious, which is that his substitutions - the ones that been had been jeered - won this match.

Diafra Sakho netted a late winner for West Ham and was mobbed by his team-mates after scoring in stoppage time

Arthur Masuaku found Sakho unmarked in the box and the forward finished with aplomb, striking the ball high into the net

West Ham battled hard throughout the game but Swansea will feel hard done by to have come away with nothing

Pablo Zabaleta was a picture of absolute joy mixed with relief following Sakho's decisive intervention

It was Arthur Masuaku and Diafra Sakho that rescued the situation and an otherwise turgid match, having come on for Andre Ayew and Javier Hernandez with 12 minutes to go and then linked up for the winner at the death. Masuaku did the hard work down the left and Sakho buried the cross, quite possibly saving Bilic’s job in the process.

‘I would rather make a decision and risk booing than do nothing - that is not what a manager should do,’ he said.

But he knows the uncertainty won’t go away, that once the drumming starts it rarely stops.

‘Of course the speculation is not very pleasant but all I can try to do is win games and we done it today,’ he said. ‘It was not in a great style but the way we approached the game was as a must-win, a six-pointer.’

With it, West Ham jumped out of the bottom three and up to 15th and Swansea took their place. The latter deserved a draw, but they also deserved the rollicking they got from Paul Clement, which centred on their utter failure to create chances. It is best shown by the fact they have had only 11 shots on goal all season – the worst tally in the Premier League.

Renato Sanches mocks Winston Reid but the Hammers defender refuses to react or rise to the provocation

Selling Gylfi Sigurdsson has left them without a meaningful way of getting into the opposition area and this was a game when the weakness was glaringly obvious. Indeed, only Wilfried Bony and Martin Olsson went close, and both shots were from outside the area.

In balance, Clement has built Swansea’s best defence for several seasons, but a toothless attack will give them terrible problems if it persists.

Clement was furious, saying: ‘It is a hard feeling to know we are going away with nothing. The least we deserved was a draw though I can’t say we deserved to win - we didn’t create enough.

‘We have to create more chances and score more goals. It is really frustrating. We would get into the last third and then do a hopeless ball into the box. The front players have to do better. I am concerned.’

The first half was dull, dreadfully so. And yet both managers had come in with the best of intentions, with each making attacking changes to their line-ups.

For Bilic that meant brining in Andy Carroll and Ayew in for Angelo Ogbonna and Marko Arnautovic, who was ill. The system switched from three at the back in the defeat against Tottenham to a 4-2-3-1 that quickly morphed into an outright 4-4-2 with Carroll and Javier Hernandez up front.

Martin Olsson holds off a challenge from Javier Hernandez as the West Ham forward attempts to steal possession

Michail Antonio manages to get his pass away under pressure from Swansea midfielder Leon Britton

Jordan Ayew shows a clean pair of heels to Cheikhou Kouyate who tried desperately to keep up with the sharp forward

Wilfried Bony lunges in on Pablo Zabaleta as the former Manchester City duo compete for the ball

In Swansea’s case, Clement gave Leon Britton his first start since the opening day of the season, having received a four-page letter from one supporter this week that stated over and again: ‘Play Leon Britton.’ He also recalled Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham, with Sam Clucas, Leroy Fer and Mike van der Hoorn dropping out.

The two-man frontline of Abraham and Wilfried Bony was a departure from Clement’ s style in the early skirmishes of this season and glaringly signified the vulnerabilities he, and everyone else, has detected in this West Ham side. But those weaknesses only matter if a side can capitalise and Swansea have repeatedly shown this season that they lack the wit to pull it off.

That might change as Renato Sanches adapts – in this game he appeared to be getting sharper, more confident and less wasteful – but for now, working the ball upfield is a ponderous process for the whole collective.

The relief for Swansea is that West Ham were no better. They had a chance inside five minutes when Michail Antonio’s bouncing volley was pushed away by Lukasz Fabianski and then nothing else for half an hour, until Ayew flicked a header of zero venom at goal. Fabianski went to ground to save but there was no threat.

West Ham's captain Mark Noble does his best to keep hold of possession as Ayew sticks a leg through in the tackle

Andy Carroll wrestles with Britton and uses his huge frame to get the better of Swansea's captain in their duel

Noble scans the pitch and looks for an available option as Bilic's team struggled to find creative outlets

In between, Joe Hart dived a little theatrically to block Wilfried Bony and Swansea’s only notable chance of the first 45 minutes.

By the close of the half, Swansea had controlled possession and done nothing with it, while West Ham were booed off by their own fans.

Clement started the second half by hauling off Bony for Leroy Fer and Bilic’s roll of the dice was to swap Mark Noble for Manuel Lanzini on 62 minutes, giving the Argentine his first appearance for a month after a knee injury. It was a play by the manager for more creativity, which was generally well received, and then he was booed furiously after taking off the ineffective Hernandez for Diafra Sakho and bringing on Arthur Masuaku for Ayew.

At times like these, booing can influence owners, but Masuaku quickly indicated his threat with a cross that Carroll flicked on to the bar. He then he pulled out an even better cross for the winner, scored from close range by Sakho at the far post.

Those that were booing suddenly started singing about bubbles, until the stadium announcer said Carroll was the man of the match. Then they started booing again.

Maybe Bilic was right not to think too hard about it.

The Hammers were jubilant at full-time and will be full of confidence ahead of their next game against Burnley


West Ham (4-2-3-1):

Hart 6.5; Zabaleta 6.5, Fonte 6.5, Reid 6.5, Cresswell 6; Kouyate 6, Noble 6 (Lanzini 62, 6); Antonio 6.5, Chicharito 5 (Sakho 78), Ayew 6 (Masuaku 78); Carroll 6.5

Subs not used: Adrian, Byram, Ogbonna, Rice

Booked: Kouyate, Carroll, Sakho

Swansea (4-1-3-2):

Fabianksi 6.5; Naughton 6, Fernandez 7, Mawson 6.5, Olsson 6.5 (Clucas 87); Britton 6 (Roque Mesa 69); Sanches 6.5, Ayew 6.5, Carroll 7; Abraham 5, Bony 5 (Fer 46)

Subs not used: Nordfeldt, van der Hoorn, Rangel, Narsingh

Booked: Sanches, Britton

Ref: Roger East

MOM: Arthur Masuaku

Att: 56,922


Diafra Sakho hits West Ham’s winner in basement battle against Swansea

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

As the minutes ticked away at the London Stadium and the mood in the stands became increasingly ugly, this started to feel like the afternoon when West Ham’s supporters finally turned on Slaven Bilic. They had not hesitated to make their displeasure clear at several points in a dreadful game, jeering whenever yet another tentative move ran out of steam, and there was outright dissent when the fourth official’s board showed Javier Hernández’s number instead of Andy Carroll’s. Bilic’s approval ratings were plummeting to dangerous lows as Diafra Sakho entered the fray with 12 minutes left.

In the crowd’s eyes, the manager affectionately known as Super Slav had lost the plot. He was plain old Slav at that point, a man effectively writing his own P45. But football has the potential to make fools of us all. In the 90th minute, all that anger disappeared when Bilic watched two of his substitutes combine for a precious, tension-busting goal. In an ironic twist, it was Sakho, the man who faced disciplinary action after trying to engineer a transfer to Rennes in the summer, who broke Swansea City’s stubborn resistance by meeting Arthur Masuaku’s cross with a decisive finish that might just have kept Bilic in a job.

In those circumstances, Bilic could have been forgiven for crowing about a tactical masterstroke. Instead, ever the gentleman, he was the master of diplomacy. “The fans want the best for the club, they are very demanding,” he said. “I would rather take the decision and risk the booing than do nothing.”

Perhaps that magnanimity stemmed from Bilic’s awareness that West Ham had got away with one. The win lifted them to 15th, a jump of three places, and pushed Swansea into the bottom three, but Bilic admitted that his team’s performance merited criticism. For all that Sakho’s dramatic intervention sparked an outpouring of relief, it also masked a multitude of flaws.

This strange, lopsided muddle of a stadium felt even quieter than usual for much of a soporific first half. Bilic picked an attacking team and used a straightforward 4-4-2 system, with Carroll and Hernández forming a classic little and large partnership up front. The intent was obvious: despite showing all the mobility of the ArcelorMittal Orbit structure outside the ground during his wretched substitute appearance against Tottenham last weekend, Carroll has been the scourge of Swansea in the past and West Ham tried to make a fast, physical start, almost taking an early lead when Michail Antonio tested Lukasz Fabianski with a bouncing volley from Aaron Cresswell’s deep cross.

West Ham’s threat soon subsided, however. “The pressure was on the players,” Bilic said as he explained why his team’s urgency disappeared. They began to look painfully bereft of confidence and cohesion.

Swansea exerted control, outnumbering their hosts in midfield. The 35-year-old Leon Britton brought composure on his return to the side and Renato Sanches offered tantalising hints of his talent.

Swansea’s stylish passing caught the eye, but it was largely restricted to unthreatening areas. It was clear to see why they have scored three goals in seven matches. Wilfried Bony, who went off at half-time with a tight hamstring, forced Joe Hart to make a flying save with a powerful drive from 25 yards and Martin Olsson curled a shot just wide in the second half, but that was it.

Paul Clement was unimpressed with Bony, Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew. “I am concerned. I would have expected better in terms of points and performances,” Swansea’s manager said. “Good strikers carve out opportunities for themselves.”

Having kept three consecutive clean sheets on the road, however, Swansea backed themselves to absorb West Ham’s directionless pressure. Bilic turned to Manuel Lanzini just after the hour. The crowd were pleased to see the Argentinian back from a knee injury, but optimism soon gave way to rancour when Hernández was withdrawn. The Mexican angrily shook his head as he sat on the bench.

But perhaps Bilic knew what he was doing. Masuaku made an impact on the left, crossing for Carroll to hook a shot against the woodwork. Out of nowhere, Swansea were rattled and when Masuaku drove in another cross, the sliding Sakho crashed the ball high past Fabianski. Bilic limps on, safe for now.


START THE CAR: Andy Carroll being lined up by Everton in £20m deal that would bring him back to Merseyside

Everton’s under-fire boss Ronald Koeman has the West Ham striker top of his list to finally replace Romelu Lukaku

Exclusive by Mike McGrath

RONALD KOEMAN wants Andy Carroll to make a £20million return to Merseyside in January.

Everton’s under-fire boss has the West Ham striker top of his list to finally replace Romelu Lukaku.

The club’s failure to land a frontman after pocketing £75m selling Lukaku to Manchester United sparked tension between Koeman, director of football Steve Walsh and Goodison chairman Bill Kenwright.

Injury-hit Carroll, 28, joined Hammers from Liverpool four years ago having spent 18 months at Anfield following a £35m move from Newcastle.

He missed the start of the season with a groin problem but made his comeback in last month’s win over Huddersfield.

Carroll has 18 months left on his £110,000-a-week deal and West Ham could be prepared to look at a cash deal if they get the right offer in January.

Everton face Burnley on Sunday having won just twice in the Premier League this season.

Bookies make Koeman 15/8 to be the next Prem boss sacked — although the Dutchman insists he is not worried about his position.

Everton are 16th in the Premier League with seven points from their opening six matches.


Journo claims Bilic has lost dressing room

Freelance Belgique football journalist Claude Atcheba claims that Slaven Bilic has lost the dressing room suggesting his days could be numbered at West Ham.

The claim received more credibility after the journalist posted a video of himself with Diafra Sakho in a car post-match saying: “So this guy saved someone’s butt today'” panning a straight-faced Sakho sitting in his front seat.

Claude posted comments on social media saying that Bilic had been ‘Lucky’ yesterday adding “My understanding Bilic lost the dressing room” and “I have been impressed by Swansea v West Ham. Will Bilic be on the bench in 2 weeks time? I don’t think so…”

This guy saved somebody’s…. @iamdiafrasakho #westham pic.twitter.com/kvGk6e6MJD

— Claude Atcheba (@ClaudeAtcheba) September 30, 2017


West Ham boss Slaven Bilic still under pressure as owners eye Wales' Chris Coleman

WEST HAM are keeping close tabs on Wales boss Chris Coleman.

By Harry Pratt

Slaven Bilic has come under fire after a poor start to the season.

Coleman’s contract with Wales expires whenever their World Cup 2018 campaign ends.

And that could be as early as a week tomorrow should results go against them in their final two qualifiers – against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland.

If Wales – currently second in Group D – finish outside the top two, then Coleman’s brilliant five-and-a-half-year reign will be over.

And that could be the signal for the Hammers to make an approach to the Welsh chief.

Despite yesterday’s home win over Swansea, current Irons boss Bilic remains under pressure.

The Hammers face a crunch October in the Premier League with games against Burnley, Brighton and Crystal Palace.

Italian Carlo Ancelotti, 57, is also in the running to replace the Croat following his shock sacking by Bayern Munich.

But West Ham chiefs David Sullivan and David Gold may wait to see what happens to Coleman and Wales before a final decision.

Whether the Red Dragons coach would be tempted by a return to the Premier League remains to be seen.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

jimbo2. 11:34 Sun Oct 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
It might have been an awful game, but the 3 points were def needed! Thanks Al.

Witham Hammer 7:20 Sun Oct 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Coleman really there's the West Ham ambition we know and love wtf!!

charleyfarley 5:10 Sun Oct 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al, Coleman would be mustard

The Stoat 4:13 Sun Oct 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
pdbis 2:26 Sun Oct 1

Cicero 2:29 Sun Oct 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

pdbis 2:26 Sun Oct 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Coleman? No thanks.

Thanks Alan 11:50 Sun Oct 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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