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CaptainBlueAndClaret 11:53 Sat Oct 21
Someone save our Football Club.
Someone save our Football Club
An emergency worldwide broadcast by Hammer and Talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTMq562jAQs

I C&P a comment made by Johnson 2:58 Sat Oct 21;

“…the heart fell out of the Club, the manager and the players the minute we left (Boleyn Ground, Upton Park).

That final season was so strong and emotionally charged, it was almost the crashing end of a euphoric drug fuelled orgy.

We whacked as much of the stuff up our hooter as we could and it for a change rewarded us that season. Suddenly our dealer had gone and the new shit ain’t as good.

I reiterate, football is not about 11 highly paid robots on the pitch.

It’s about a Club mentality, it’s about the same old faces, it’s about the hundreds of local or otherwise (regardless of ethnicity) members of support and catering staff who made it tick, it’s about taking your feedback at source positive or negative, it’s about them being on top of you (less so lately but despite our internal negative view enough players from oppo have said now they don’t miss it must you divs realise) it’s about the community, it’s about pride.

We don’t have any of that anymore. That affects the team, absolute fact.

West Ham ain’t been that good in my 30 years of supporting them with nigh on 20 home and away. Did I ever doubt the club during that time? Rarely as we had a common cause.

The move to the OS has ripped that apart.

Do not forget the hundreds of stewards, security guards, receptionists, hotel staff, grounds men who were probably all West Ham fans before they joined and if not were after a few years.

Fucking loads of them made redundant, which was the board goal all along.

This is worst ever situation our Club has ever been in.

No heart, no passion, no history, no pride, no loyalty, no soul.

Berks Inc (THE THREE PLANKS, Gold, Sullivan & the Duchess of Knightsbridge) and their supporters did this to us.”

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Mex Martillo 9:50 Mon Jan 15
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Captain, I would like to see the club run by a director voted by the members. What do you seek to save the club?

CaptainBlueAndClaret 12:44 Mon Jan 15
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
David Moyes fires thinly veiled warning to David Sullivan over West Ham transfers
Damien Lucas
Published 15th January 2018.

West Ham United have been linked with a plethora of players in the January transfer window but are yet to make signing.

West Ham have turned a corner under David Moyes and sit 11th after a superb 4-1 win at Huddersfield at the weekend.

The Hammers have been linked with more than 30 players in the window so far from Alfie Mawson to Andre Schurrle.

But halfway through the window they are yet to land any new signings.

Supporters are growing increasingly frustrated having been underwhelmed by the club's recruitment and lack of spending since their much-feted move to the London Stadium in 2016.

Fans have turned on co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold over a string of broken promises dangled as a carrot to leave Upton Park.

One of their big grievances is what they see as interference from the owners - and particularly Sullivan who takes a lead on transfer business - when it comes to recruitment at West Ham.

When Moyes was appointed in November he was keen to make a point that he would have the final say on transfers.

But it seems even he is now not so sure, firing a thinly veiled warning to Sullivan over transfers in an interview with the club's official website.

“I would be diligent," Moyes told whufc.com.

"I don’t do things very quickly. I like to see players live myself.

"It was always my rule that I’d only do it if I’ve seen the players live, because I’d treat the club’s money like my own money and wouldn’t give it away too easily."

It comes after Moyes remarked to the press recently that he has "started to learn a bit about West Ham, we seem to be linked with everybody."

Seemingly exasperated by the sheer number of names being linked with the club it also ties in with comments from former boss Slaven Bilic who revealed that whenever he wanted a player and came close to signing them 'three or four other names would suddenly come into the picture'.

http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/01/11/david-moyes-fires-thinly-veiled-warning-to-david-sullivan-over-w/

CaptainBlueAndClaret 10:36 Sat Jan 13
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
The Duchess of Knightsbridge fantasy column, illustrating how GOOD it would be, to dream about spending OTHERS Clubs money…


BRADY REVEALS WEST HAM PROBLEM
Date: 13th January 2018 at 8:06am
Written by: Olivia Leigh

Karren Brady has revealed the main problem West Ham face in attracting the highest-calibre players is persuading to join a mid-table club.

In her column for The Sun, the current Hammers vice-chairman discussed Liverpool selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £145million and shared that the Reds should allow Jurgen Klopp to spend it all.

Brady referenced that the West Ham owners would make funds from a sale like that available, and revealed why.

“Would I tell him to spend the lot? Yes, I would, and so would West Ham’s owners,” admitted Brady.

“We believe that players are the starters, main course and dessert of any club that plans to serve its supporters well.”

The West Ham vice-chairman added that unlike Liverpool, West Ham would have difficulty getting the best players available due to their current position in the table and their prospects of rising up it.

“One problem for a team in our position is that to attract the highest-calibre players, we need the promise of big things to come.”

The Hammers are currently 15th in the Premier League, two points clear of the relegation zone.

OPINION
Brady is underplaying the value of tempting players with huge contracts in her column. If West Ham had that sort of money, there are definitely amazing players who would be tempted by bumper contracts to join the club, whatever their position. While she probably has convinced some players to join the Hammers based on future plans; there’s no doubt that they would also have gotten a financially rewarding deal. Also Brady believing all the money should be spent, just seems to be a fan pleasing statement. It’s true if West Ham got £145million in January, they would be best to spend it all, as they’re squad is desperately in need of improvements. However, Liverpool should be in no rush as they only need to make improvements in a few areas.

https://thisisfutbol.com/2018/01/blogs/premier-league/brady-reveals-west-ham-problem/

Let us not forget the 2013 Christmas message from David Sullivan to West Ham supporters;

"Getting the Olympic Stadium, I think will change the future of the Club and increase our fan base, by hundreds of thousands of supporters.

I think that getting the Olympic Stadium for the Club is one of the most important things that we have done this year and maybe in the history of the Club and it will do so much for supporters, because the facilities are so much better than they are at Upton Park.

The communication links to Stratford are vastly better than they are at Upton Park.

Everything at the Olympic Stadium will be better. The facilities, so much better, whether it is loos, bars, TVs, erm, it will just be on another level.

More importantly the Olympic Stadium will attract better players. If we are perceived as a big Club, with a great Stadium, erm, in the heart of London, erm, a lot of foreign players, who might not have come to us, wouldn’t be thinking of coming to us, will be attracted to come to West Ham. So we are very confident that when we get the Stadium, that we will have a better team than we have now."

Darby_ 5:24 Fri Jan 12
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Most of the players we’re linked with are probably just made up paper nonsense.

On The Ball 4:53 Fri Jan 12
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Key point about the article below:

IT'S ALL GUESSWORK

CaptainBlueAndClaret 3:39 Fri Jan 12
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Key phrases from the article below;

[1] “…the Hammers linked with more than 30 different players they are supposedly interested in this January.”

[2] “…just further evidence of Sullivan's apparent scattergun approach to transfer business…”


Does West Ham interest in Andre Schurrle suggest David Moyes is not choosing his targets?
Damien Lucas
12th January 2018.

West Ham United have been heavily linked with a move for World Cup winning Germany international Andre Schurrle.

West Ham are in the thick of a relegation battle and face a crucial run of winnable fixtures which could go some way to securing their safety.

The Hammers have been linked with a host of signings in January including that of former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle, as reported by the likes of the Daily Star.

Fans have turned on co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold in great numbers this season and one of their many grievances is that Sullivan in particular and his head of recruitment Tony Henry dictate West Ham's transfer targets.

David Moyes insisted he would have the final say on transfers when he was appointed as Slaven Bilic's successor in November.

Question marks have been raised since, though, with the Hammers linked with more than 30 different players they are supposedly interested in this January.

Moyes himself admitted last week "I think I'm starting to learn a bit about West Ham, we seem to be linked with everyone."

The Scot has also bemoaned the fact he has too many forwards and in particular too many attacking players who want to play on the left.

So does the reported pursuit of Schurrle prove that Moyes is not picking the players given he is just that, a forward who plays on the left.

The 27-year-old clearly has pedigree but has become a peripheral figure at Borussia Dortmund and is expected to leave the this month in order to feature more regularly ahead of this summer's World Cup.

He may be something of a coup for West Ham but is it just further evidence of Sullivan's apparent scattergun approach to transfer business given Moyes' stated surplus of players in that position.

http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/01/11/does-west-ham-move-for-andre-schurrle-prove-david-moyes-is-not-c/

Mex Martillo 8:59 Thu Jan 11
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
First time I have looked at this thread, your right proper bizarre.
Mods can we rename it the “CaptainBlueAndClaret thread”

I think Moyes might save the club!
Unfortunately I do not think we can do much about our new stadium and I think people exaggerate, not Upton Park, but not the piece of crap you want it to be either.

The Stoat 8:53 Thu Jan 11
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Two-thirds of the new stadium project are set to be funded by Liverpool City Council.

No doubt it'll be up on bricks before long then ;-)

CaptainBlueAndClaret 8:45 Thu Jan 11
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
From KUMB;

West Ham 'worst experience ever', says Everton chief
Filed: Wednesday, 10th January 2018
By: Staff Writer

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has promised supporters that the club's new stadium will not repeat the mistakes made at the Olympic Stadium.

The 72-year-old, speaking at a supporters' meeting in Liverpool last night criticised West Ham United's current stadium when asked by a fan during a Q&A section whether the proposed Bramley Moore Dock development would "be like West Ham's".
To which Kenwright - who Hammers vice chair Karren Brady has previously described as "delightful" and "a particular chum of mine" - retorted: "No - being sat at West Ham was the worst experience ever."

Two-thirds of the new stadium project are set to be funded by Liverpool City Council. Architect Dan Meis revealed during the meeting that one of the key requirments is for "fans being close to the pitch".

"It's an incredibly exciting time for us,” he said. "2018 is going to be a very exciting time for all of us as the project moves along. It’s become a very unusual, passionate, career-defining project and will create a unique building that will be a model for football the world over."

Everton hope to move into their new stadium by 2022. The club also plan to retain current ground Goodison Park, for the benefit of the local community, much of which will be converted to green space.

Comment;

Hammerboy:
Two-thirds of the new stadium project are set to be funded by Liverpool City Council. Architect Dan Meis revealed during the meeting that one of the key requirments is for "fans being close to the pitch".

"It's an incredibly exciting time for us,” he said. "2018 is going to be a very exciting time for all of us as the project moves along. It’s become a very unusual, passionate, career-defining project and will create a unique building that will be a model for football the world over."

Everton hope to move into their new stadium by 2022. The club also plan to retain current ground Goodison Park, for the benefit of the local community, much of which will be converted to green space.

John:
I take your point hammerboy, but unfortunately I can't agree with you, Sullivan has failed to deliver with many of his promises, following this disasterous move, Brady adopted a bums on seats attitude, so there many fans who do not support WHU, this give us a diluted atmosphere. David Gold was promoting Chav corner for a similar Upton Park experience. The first small disturbance they moved the fans.

The fact we do not own the ground has a massive impact on the running of the club. The fact because the board have not produced a team worth watching, every aspect of the stadium becomes an issue, we concede a goal, you get a toxic response, if we're we concede 2, most people stay in the bars, that are kept open( not by WHU, But the stadium owners). I do agree a successful team would mean less discontent.

But Hammerboy, it won't make ground a football stadium.

Samba:
I get what you're saying hammerboy. Win & everything feels better. I'm sure all away teams fans that have won at the OS have loved the ground.

Even if we won the Premier League (like THAT'S ever going to happen), that ground would still be the worst in the league for watching football because it wasn't built for watching football.
The only thing the 'two D's and the wicked witch' are going to be remembered for are for doing something that wasn't necessary & for doing it for their own greedy reasons.

Many (most?) West Ham fans are never going to forgive them.

Starbie:
I don't and never will forgive them...

http://www.kumb.com/story.php?id=132060

CaptainBlueAndClaret 10:40 Fri Jan 5
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
West Ham United fans discuss David Gold’s comments
Subhankar Mondal
@subhankarjourno
4th January 2018.

Are West Ham United producing enough players from their youth academy?

West Ham United are an historic club who have produced some of the finest English players.

The London outfit pride themselves on their great academy, having produced the likes of Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick.

In recent years, though, the Hammers have struggled to produced top-class players from their academy.

Mark Noble is still a key player at West Ham, but it is hard to see who can follow in the footsteps of the English midfielder.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has given his take on teenagers and youth-team prospects struggling to hold down a regular place in the first team on social networking site Twitter, which has led to the fans having a debate on the situation.

David Gold
@davidgold
I said, it’s hard but not impossible for a teenager to hold down a regular first team place at a PL club. I can’t remember the last West Ham teenager that held down a first team position (25 games in a season) I think you would have to go back quite a while. dg https://twitter.com/bobaustin65/status/948628315635625986 …
10:04 PM - Jan 3, 2018

David Gold
@davidgold
Young Declan Rice was only on the pitch for 20mins in our 2-1 victory over West Brom but again he impressed. dg pic.twitter.com/XrCUHERi1E

Bob austin
@bobaustin65
Sorry to bring this up again David but it was you I believe that told us, that it was unlikely that younger players would have a career at WHU, a lot of fans believe that the owners are going to sell any players that will give you a profit asap
6:53 PM - Jan 3, 2018

John parry
@johnparry66
John parry @johnparry66
Replying to @davidgold
Defoe, Noble, Cole, Collinson, Carrick, Allen,
Ferdinand & Ferdinand, Reo-Coeker.
All given a run all made the grade
Probably a dozen or more have been discarded without
Being given their chance
Look around, Jesus, Rashman, Gomes, Loftus-cheek
Kane, Deli-Ali all stars at 20 !

Darren
@dalboy81
Our great youth system died about 12 years ago. Think nobes was last one that came through
10:29 PM - Jan 3, 2018

Jonny Waite
@Waitey70
Replying to @davidgold
But teenagers hold down places at Man Utd, Spurs, Southampton, Everton, Arsenal this season alone. Why not West Ham?

Sam Puncher
@sam_puncher
Because ours clearly aren't good enough bar Rice?
10:15 PM - Jan 3, 2018

Jonny Waite
@Waitey70
Replying to @sam_puncher @davidgold
But the question then is why? If Southampton and Everton can produce the pathway, West Ham should be too.

andyc
@CairneyAndy
We are too scared of allowing the youngsters to play in fear or being relegated. And the managers are worried about getting the sack if we lose a couple of games.
8:13 AM - Jan 4, 2018

Richard Collins
@Richie_1809
Replying to @davidgold
James Tomkins?
11:17 PM - Jan 3, 2018

Harry houdini
@BenJSpelling
Replying to @davidgold
Probably because you don't invest in youth David or have you forget that your the chairman that's supposed to make these things happen
10:32 PM - Jan 3, 2018

Simon maisey
@SimaiseySimon
Replying to @davidgold
It seems that our home grown talent is over looked because it’s not fashionable to have them in your 1st team. They will make mistakes but not as many as you for not playing them.
10:23 PM - Jan 3, 2018

Killer Heels
@KillerHeels_UK
Replying to @davidgold
The game has changed. What fans forget is in the Premiership we can't afford to try to bring on youngsters when every match is a battle to survive the season. We need experience now. COYI
12:09 AM - Jan 4, 2018

Ken Nutt
@KMN42c
Replying to @davidgold
We have had some terrific youngsters recently: Rice, Oxford and Burke, but very little game time for them. When the show such promise they need to be given experience, even if It's only from the bench, to build for the future
9:00 AM - Jan 4, 2018

http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/01/04/west-ham-united-fans-discuss-david-golds-comments/

one iron 11:27 Thu Jan 4
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Chip smith will buy the club when Sullivan wants to sell,hes got 10% now, and wants to buy.

CaptainBlueAndClaret 10:29 Thu Jan 4
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Part of David Sullivan’s 2013 Christmas message to West Ham supporters;

"Getting the Olympic Stadium, I think will change the future of the Club and increase our fan base, by hundreds of thousands of supporters.

I think that getting the Olympic Stadium for the Club is one of the most important things that we have done this year and maybe in the history of the Club and it will do so much for supporters, because the facilities are so much better than they are at Upton Park.

The communication links to Stratford are vastly better than they are at Upton Park.

Everything at the Olympic Stadium will be better. The facilities, so much better, whether it is loos, bars, TVs, erm, it will just be on another level.

More importantly the Olympic Stadium will attract better players. If we are perceived as a big Club, with a great Stadium, erm, in the heart of London, erm, a lot of foreign players, who might not have come to us, wouldn’t be thinking of coming to us, will be attracted to come to West Ham. So we are very confident that when we get the Stadium, that we will have a better team than we have now."

West Ham have three bids rejected as they look to bolster squad
By Simon Stone

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42544184

CaptainBlueAndClaret 8:34 Wed Jan 3
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
London Stadium a hindering shadow for West Ham in their PL fight
POSTED BY: TIM ADAMS 02/01/2018

Take your minds back to 2012. Sporting royalty had engulfed the country, with athletics’ finest talents flocking to the UK to compete in the grandest of competitions.

Seven years earlier London had won the bid to host the Olympic Games, but while the nation turned delirious at the decision, the formalities of choosing a site for the main venue had created headaches for organisers and construction workers alike.

Stratford was chosen as the preferred location, yet the project represented a metamorphosis of an industrial wasteland into a gleaming high-tech multi-usage park.

At the centre-piece stood the Olympic Stadium, a gleaming light across the London skyline, and an arena it was thought would provide a long-lasting legacy to the Olympic message and dream that emboldened Lord Coe’s message of inspiring a generation.

There was no doubt that the spectacular spectacle of Jessica Ennis Hill, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt showcasing their talents to win Olympic gold proved the stadium provided the right setting for history to be made.

With the bright orange flame watching on in the background, amongst 75,000 other spectators that is, athletes were bound to an ideal of hope and dedication. The eyes of the world were on them. They knew performing at just 99% was not an option.

It is perhaps no different to what West Ham United fans expect of their players. Same ground after all.

What was purely once an athletics arena is now a multi-functional sporting venue, with the Hammers the owners outside of the stadium’s track and field obligations.

Since 2012 the stadium’s capacity has reduced from 80,000 to 60,000, and while the crowd size is considerably higher than what West Ham achieved at Upton Park, you’d have thought that it would be the latter and not the former which holds the greater numbers.

With more modern transport links, a high-status shopping centre and up to date infrastructure, you’d think the stadium would be a perfect fit on the surface.

Yet dig deeper and the cracks become thicker, caused by the anger and resentment levelled by Hammers supporters at David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady, with the arena making more headlines off the pitch than on it.

It is after all still an athletics stadium. You can redesign the seating arrangements inside to facilitate football matches, and even though it doesn’t reflect the Olympiastadion or Stadio Olimpico in terms of the size of the area between fans and pitch, there is still an undeniable fact that a large proportion of fans didn’t want to move.

They cite plans by Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea to build stadia suited primarily for football, where supporters breathe down players’ necks on the touchlines, castigating the opposition at close range to form an intimidating cauldron.

To do that at what is now the London Stadium you’d need a megaphone. Everything all feels too distant. We are now moving into an era where it’s not just teams in England but also abroad who are designing and constructing state of the art stadia to move forward into the next generation, and they all seem to be getting it right.

Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano may not look like a menacing arena but step into a match against Barcelona or Real Madrid and you will suddenly realise that the way it has been designed means every fan’s voice reverberates across to the pitch, and vice versa.

Juventus left the Stadio Delle Alpi in 2014 to make sure that the crowd never felt too distant when the Italian side needed a boost from their own faithful. The same could even be said for Barcelona in their re-design of the Camp Nou. With 105,000 all under one roof, a substantial majority of away teams will shudder at the thought of facing the Catalan club.

So the atmosphere is one downfall of the London Stadium. There are others.

Indeed, Hammers fans had a right to be infuriated when they were told no by organisers of the stadium to change the colour surrounding the pitch to claret from green. Although the pitch is a standard Premier League size of 105m x 68m, on occasions the background colour disorientated the players and made the pitch bigger than it looked. The downside of being a tenant eh?

To add to insult staff members have had to use shuttle buses to get to different car parks due to construction for athletics events over previous summers. Events like this continue to steadily build up anger.

Then there is the issue of cost. And oh boy, it’s not pretty.

On 1 December, London mayor Sadiq Khan announced he had taken control of the stadium following the publication of a review that was hugely critical of previous administrations.

Khan claims mismanagement and a “catalogue of errors” have left taxpayers footing the huge bill in the running costs for the stadium, with arena operators saddled with annual losses between £20-£24m for this past year.

When the bidding process started in 2011, all financial risk and costs were taken on by the public sector. In the end, the £323m cost of conversion, including a £133m overrun of the original £190m estimate, was pretty much all paid by public money.

It costs £4.75m a season for West Ham to play at the stadium, and costs such as these go back to 2006. Then, the Olympic Delivery Authority never planned to build an arena which could be used by a Premier League club, so decided to commission a design for temporary seating, with the eventuality that it would turn into a 25,000 capacity athletics stadium.

Yet it was decided by the then Mayor Boris Johnson that the brand image left by such a move would not be a fitting legacy for the message that London 2012 wanted to get across from the games, and instead formed the Olympic Park Legacy Company to create a competitive bidding system for its future use.

When West Ham came to the conclusion that they would bid for the stadium use the idea was, in the bidding’s early days when Spurs were involved, that the Hammers and not public sector bodies, were to be responsible for the maintenance, development and operational costs involved.

But subject to legal challenges the decision was scrapped, and eventually it was decided, even before the application was accepted, that it would be the public sector to take on these costs. All West Ham had to do was pay rent as tenants.

To be clear this is not a problem created by the club itself, yet supporters are angry of the way Gold, Brady and Sullivan viewed the risks involved, with the stadium now creating more noise off the pitch than the home fans are in it.

Naming rights is a topic of hot debate if revenues are going to be maximised, but at the moment the mayor’s office doesn’t want to publicly state what may be on the table as a bargaining tool, while West Ham have said they do not want to increase their overall contribution, even if it results in more control.

All in all, David Sullivan’s prediction that it would only take six months for wisdom over the move to triumph is now just air. There’s no substance to it. Performances are improving under David Moyes but underlying issues with the stadium continue to distract the football on it. And with others now starting to resurface, they cannot be called teething problems anymore.

The long-term hope was that it could be an arena fit for the Champions League. Now the danger is that it may be one extraordinary expensive echo chamber in the Championship.

http://www.moorethanjustaclub.com/columnist/london-stadium-hindering-shadow-west-ham-pl-fight/

worm 3:05 Tue Jan 2
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Captain,

you need a hobby or a girlfriend

CaptainBlueAndClaret 2:07 Tue Jan 2
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham: David Moyes willing to sacrifice FA Cup for Premier League safety
By Luke Hatfield | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published 2nd January 2017.

Shrewsbury Town could be set to face a weakened West Ham side in the FA Cup this weekend, after David Moyes admitted that he is prepared to sacrifice the competition for Premier League survival.

"Do you not think the position you are in now the focus would only be on your Premier League status?" Moyes said, when asked about balancing the FA Cup with the Premier League.

“Because if you’ve not got Premier League status, and then you’re talking about winning the Cup, you’ve still got to beat all the teams to get there."

“So it’s a difficult one, it’s not an easy one to say what would be the way."

Whilst West Ham go into the game at the Montgomery Waters Meadow as favourites thanks to their Premier League status, Moyes doesn't believe that an extended run will be beneficial for his side.

And while he would love to win the competition - risking Premier League football by starting his star players in the cup is clearly not on his mind.

“Do I want to win the FA Cup? One hundred per cent. But I don’t think it can be where we can damage our league season." he continued.

“And actually if we got through to the next round our next two games are on the Tuesday against Crystal Palace and Brighton on the Saturday after the fourth round.
“So in a way, to play the FA Cup and then you’ve got a Premier League game on the Tuesday night and a Premier League game the following Saturday, you are saying ‘wait a minute here, it’s nearly becoming impossible for us to find the players’.

“If I could win the cup I would definitely try to win the cup, but I couldn’t do it if I thought it would affect the Premier League.”

https://www.shropshirestar.com/sport/football/shrewsbury-town-fc/2018/01/02/shrewsbury-town-vs-west-ham-david-moyes-willing-to-sacrifice-fa-cup-for-premier-league-safety/#c1UfQHfo6MirqEA4.99

On The Ball 2:05 Tue Jan 2
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Give it a rest you dullard.

CaptainBlueAndClaret 2:04 Tue Jan 2
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
David Sullivan's controversial Joe Hart prediction looking ridiculous as West Ham face battle to survive
Damien Lucas
@damienlucas
2nd January 2018.

A prediction made by West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan last summer now looks rather ridiculous.

West Ham have endured a torrid season and face a real battle to stay in the Premier League.

The Hammers got off to their worst ever start to a Premier League season and it cost Slaven Bilic his job.

That was despite many - including Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho - predicting big things from the East Londoners after they signed Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart in the summer.

Only Arnautovic has impressed so far with Joe Hart losing his place in the side to Adrian under new boss David Moyes.

And that has made a controversial and very public pre-season prediction from Hammers co-owner David Sullivan look ridiculous as the season enters a new year.

Back in July, Sullivan - much to the anger of supporters and Adrian himself - told the club's official website that loan signing Hart was "the best goalkeeper" he has worked with and predicted he would go on to win the club's prestigious Hammer of the Year award.

The comments sparked an angry response from supporters who labelled it disrespectful and unprofessional while Adrian also hit back at the owner saying "Thanks for your sincerity! But you still having 'two great professionals' respecting, fighting and defending this badge."

Six months on Hart finds himself out in the cold after a string of poor performances while Adrian has excelled on his return to the first team.

Hart's spot as England number one is also in serious doubt due to his lack of form and game time with Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland breathing down his neck.

Sullivan's comments are the perfect example of what Hammers fans cannot tolerate about their outspoken owners.

And seeing him get it so wrong will give many fans great pleasure such is the popularity of Adrian at West Ham.

http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/01/01/david-sullivans-controversial-joe-hart-prediction-looking-ridicu/

CaptainBlueAndClaret 10:10 Mon Jan 1
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
Snodgrass gives Brady her answer
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on December 30, 2017 in News, Whispers

West Ham loanee Robert Snodgrass gave Karren Brady the perfect answer to her criticism of his abilities at West Ham by firing the winner for Aston Villa at Middlesbrough today.

Read more here;

http://www.claretandhugh.info/snodgrass-gives-brady-her-answer/


Snodgrass on target again
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on January 1, 2018 in News, Whispers

Robert Snodgrass is creating more discussion about his future after grabbing a brace at Aston Villa this afternoon.

After scoring away at Middlesbrough in the 1-0 win on Saturday, the on loan Hammers added two more in Villa’s 5-0 rout of Bristol City.

The Scot – on a season long loan from the Irons – was in the right place at the right time to extend the midlanders lead to 2-0 over Bristol City in the 34th minute and added another on the hour.

Hammers summer target, Scott Hogan had given them the lead over Bristol City.

The former Hull wideman – who had a disappointing time at West Ham following his arrival this time last year – is proving a big hit at Villa Park and took his goals tally to six from 22 appearances for the Championship outfit this afternoon.

Snodgrass has a contract with the Irons until 2020 and such has been his success at Villa it will be intriguing to see manager David moyes’ attitude towards him at the end of the season.

http://www.claretandhugh.info/snodgrass-on-target-again/

CaptainBlueAndClaret 7:14 Mon Jan 1
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
'Classless and clueless' West Ham fans savage Karren Brady over controversial comments
Damien Lucas
@damienlucas

West Ham United fans have savaged vice-chairman Karren Brady as the rift between the club's support and ownership worsens.

West Ham have endured a torrid season with the club sat in the relegation places and facing a real struggle to stay up this season.

It is a million miles away from what Hammers fans were promised on being inticed from their beloved Boleyn Ground home of 112 years with talk of a new era and of finally being able to compete with the elite in the transfer market.

In truth the club is now closer to the Championship than the Champions League and has a meagre net spend compared to most of their Premier League rivals since moving to the London Stadium in the summer of 2016.

Many fans are also deeply unhappy with the stadium itself feeling it is simply not fit for football with hug gaps between the stands and the playing surface, poles apart from Upton Park.

The situation has led to a major breakdown in relations between the supporters and outspoken owners David Sullivan and David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.

So when Brady chose to publicly criticise Robert Snodgrass - a player still owned by West Ham and currently on loan at Championship side Aston Villa - it did not go down well with Hammers fans and comes after Sullivan told the national media his sons "begged him not to sign" Snodgrass and Jose Fonte last January.

Speaking in her column in The Sun, Brady said the £10million signing from Hull "wasn't exactly a triumph" and was promptly savaged by West Ham supporters as 'classless, clueless, incompetent and unprofessional'.

⚒ DAVE G ⚒ #BoardOut
@D_G_00DYWHUFC
More Bile spewed by the filth parasite that is @karren_brady

Sick of the unprofessional way our club is run & the utter disrespect those that run #WHUFC show to current employees even if they are “out on loan”

Disgusting behaviour #BoardOut

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/west-ham-vicechairman-karren-brady-robert-snodgrass-wasn-t-exactly-a-triumph-a3728751.html …
3:46 PM - Dec 30, 2017

Mark Hunt-Bryden
@TheRealMHB
Replying to @kumbdotcom
The bloke is a contracted player commanding a hefty fee and receiving a large wage.
Whatever the circumstances this is disgraceful treatment of a player on our books by people who sanctioned his signing.
Villa fans love him incidentally.
4:41 PM - Dec 30, 2017

Martin
@martincadby
Replying to @kumbdotcom
Can’t @karren_brady just leave the club??? This is real foot in mouth stuff, who says this?
2:37 PM - Dec 30, 2017

Ruislip Hammer
@ruislip_hammer
Replying to @kumbdotcom
They never learn do they
2:35 PM - Dec 30, 2017

WHUUU6
@WHUUU6
Replying to @kumbdotcom
Snodgrass is still on our payroll so it's ridiculous for two members of our board to publicly criticise him
3:41 PM - Dec 30, 2017

Westbury
@westbury1963
Replying to @kumbdotcom
Disgrace. How she can be a business adviser on The Apprentice is beyond me. Incompetent management.
7:36 PM - Dec 30, 2017

David Sonenscher
@Sonenscher
Replying to @westhamutdnews
She is supposed to be a smart business woman, right? How can it make sense to talk a player down who we have yet to sell. Shambles!
2:59 PM - Dec 30, 2017

WHUFCStickers
@WHUFC_Stickers
Replying to @westhamutdnews
Everything Brady has overseen hasn’t exactly been “a triumph”, she literally can’t help but make herself more hated every week... #GoldOut #SullivanOut #BradyOut
12:22 PM - Dec 30, 2017

Adie ⚒️
@R2DToots
Replying to @westhamutdnews
What a disgraceful way to treat a professional player, and what an unprofessional way to run the club.

Brady hasn't exactly covered herself in glory at @WestHamUtd, and (lack of) ethics aside, talking down a player we've yet to sell makes no business sense. It's embarrassing.
10:31 AM - Dec 31, 2017

David Whitaker
@DJWhit4455
Replying to @westhamutdnews
Playing for Hull last season Snodgrass roasted our defence and we were massively lucky to take 3 points with a late winner. He lost confidence in a poor team. Maybe Moyes could get more from him. Apart from ill judged & inappropriate comments what value does £940kpa KBrady add?
3:34 PM - Dec 31, 2017

Mark
@GabbaD80
Replying to @westhamutdnews
Just goes to show what an embarrassment of a club we've become with owners who can't keep their traps shut #BradyGoldSullivanOut
9:49 PM - Dec 30, 2017

http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2018/01/01/classless-and-clueless-west-ham-fans-savage-karren-brady-over-co/

CaptainBlueAndClaret 3:25 Mon Jan 1
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
What has happened to Upton Park since West Ham moved on?
Alessandro Schiavone Football Sports
Published on Dec 17, 2017

Journalist Alessandro Schiavone has shot a little documentary of the UPTON PARK area by asking the owner of the famous 'boleyn pub' how West Ham United's move from upton park to the olympic stadium affected the economy and vibrancy of the whole area.

From 1904 to 2016 the Boleyn Ground was home to West Ham United, now the area has become a grim place...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YI1pS1-J4I

CaptainBlueAndClaret 7:40 Sun Dec 31
Re: Someone save our Football Club.
West Ham vice-chairperson takes another dig at own player
By
Eshlin Vedan
December 31, 2017

Snodgrass joined the Hammers during the January transfer window in 2017 but ended up leaving the club during the summer after failing to hit the ground running and he subsequently joined Championship outfit Aston Villa were he has done well on loan.

“Yes, we’ve tried it before and sometimes it’s worked,” she wrote.

“Other times, there has been an element of ‘We must do something, anything’ — and we’ve paid for ill-fitting players.

Snodgrass joined the Hammers during the January transfer window in 2017 but ended up leaving the club during the summer after failing to hit the ground running and he subsequently joined Championship outfit Aston Villa were he has done well on loan.

“Yes, we’ve tried it before and sometimes it’s worked,” she wrote.

“Other times, there has been an element of ‘We must do something, anything’ — and we’ve paid for ill-fitting players.

http://www.football.london/west-ham-united-fc/news/robert-snodgrass-brady-west-ham-14095177


Snodgrass gives Brady her answer
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on December 30, 2017 in News, Whispers

West Ham loanee Robert Snodgrass gave Karren Brady the perfect answer to her criticism of his abilities at West Ham by firing the winner for Aston Villa at Middlesbrough today.

The Scottish winger, bought last winter for £8 million, has been regularly knocked by the board at the London Stadium but is proving a big success at Villa Park.

His goal today goal saw the midland outfit hit seventh place just outside the play off zone.

Snodgrass scored in the 75th minute to ensure that Brady’s comments were perhaps the worst timed of the day after she had named him in her Sun column.

Commenting on the Hammers’ transfer policy over the past few seasons she had said: ” “We’ve paid for ill-fitting players. Robert Snodgrass wasn’t exactly a triumph, while Hammers fans could name several foreign players who added little.”

Some might say she had pointed the finger at the Hammers rather than the player but as he remains on our staff it’s a dubious comment at best and can do little to help his transfer fee should David Moyes believe his fellow Scot needs to be moved on permanently.

Snodgrass was also named by David Sullivan publicly recently when he revealed his kids had begged him not to sign him.

The Scottish winger gave a perfect response when saying : “Thank you Mr Chairman!”

He will probably have been even more pleased with his response to Brady.

http://www.claretandhugh.info/snodgrass-gives-brady-her-answer/


Borussia Monchengladbach chief reveals Reece Oxford's desire to leave West Ham permanently
The teenager has only just returned from a loan spell
BY
SIMEON PICKUP
• 10:30, 30 DEC 2017

Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has claimed Reece Oxford wants to quit West Ham United to stay in Germany on a permanent deal.

Oxford, 19, had been on loan at the Bundesliga club since last summer and was initially supposed to spend the entire season there, before Hammers activated a recall clause to bring him back to London.

The young defender had only played four times for Borussia this season prior to the recall, but has impressed the German side with his ability to play in different positions.

Although naturally a centre back, Oxford made his first start against SC Freiburg at right back, before playing as a defensive midfielder in a 3-1 win over Hamburger SV.

New West Ham manager David Moyes has since confirmed that he wants Oxford in the West Ham team as they look to tighten up at the back in their bid for Premier League survival.

Although the young defender has only played 16 times for Hammers so far, Moyes’ shift to playing three centre halves could increase his chances of game time.

However, Eberl spoke out after the recall to confirm Gladbach’s interest in keeping Oxford long-term, and the player’s desire to leave West Ham.

“We were informed of their decision to activate the clause and recall him this morning,” said Eberl.

“However, we continue to be in talks with West Ham regarding Reece Oxford completing a permanent move to Borussia.

“It is also the player’s wish to stay at Gladbach.”

Should Oxford return to Germany, Moyes could increase his interest in centre half Liam Moore, who Oxford played with whilst on loan at Reading last season.

Moore, a highly-rated defender who is seen as a future Reading captain, could cost Hammers a figure in the region of £10 million.

http://www.football.london/west-ham-united-fc/transfer-news/reece-oxford-west-ham-gladbach-14094616

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