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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

WHUDeano 12:14 Thu Nov 9
From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
Not a big fan of the Guardian, but Barney Ronays articles are always worth a look:

From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. For David Moyes the last three years have been a curious kind of journey. Through the fag-end of an empire at Manchester United, to Real Sociedad and the sack, to Sunderland and relegation, Moyes has strode past the smoke and wreckage with a strained kind of dignity, always somehow a little starched and pained in his crisp white shirts, eyes wide, a man watching things happen to himself.

He is though still a story, still a name, still a man with a reputation to restore. For his unveiling as West Ham manager, the Great Briton Room on the third floor of the London Stadium was abuzz with a rare kind of event glamour. Cameras whirred, microphones clicked, necks craned anxiously as the clock ticked past four and outside the lights of the City glimmered through the jaffa-coloured haze of a pollution-sunset.

And finally there he was, entering from a small door to the right of the stage, immaculate in skinny black suit, maroon tie and mini-poppy. And not just smiling but beaming wildly, giddy, thrilled, and definitely not – this is vital – in any way gloomy and fatalistic. Moyes looked trim and fit. He skipped up the steps pointing and waving and greeting the press by name like an American politician and looking, in the circumstances, only a little bit anxious.

As well he might. The last few years have been tough on Moyes. Everton feels like a long time ago now. His appointment at West Ham has quickly drawn a barrage of social media dissent and radio phone-in angst from supporters already a little displaced and edgy. The first question here was stark and to the point. Did he think this was a good appointment?

“I think it’s good for us both. Well, it’s good for me,” he said, before slipping weirdly into the third person “And I do think it’s good for West Ham. They’ve got a good manager.”

There was a little awkwardness as Moyes pretended to be totally fine with the length of his contract, which only runs until the end of the season. It is certainly a strange piece of early sabotage by West Ham’s owners, who could quite easily have backed Moyes with the full two years plus some decisive break clauses .

David Moyes has ‘point to prove’ after being appointed West Ham manager:
“Managers now aren’t having long-term contracts,” he insisted breezily, like a newly divorced dad explaining how much fun it’s going to be moving out of the family semi and living in a flat above a kebab shop.

There was plenty of praise for West Ham’s stadium, albeit the old one they no longer occupy, which was “one of the most fearsome places to come”. And by now Moyes had at least stopped smiling and gone back to the familiar paint-stripping stare, the best part of him, the part that reminds you of his sense of purpose at Everton: Moyes the team-builder and disciplinarian, before he had to start doing all this apologising about things.

On that front there was a slightly alarming attempt to answer a question about the remarks he made at Sunderland last March to the BBC journalist Vicki Sparks about “getting a slap”. Had Moyes discussed this with Karren Brady, who was very critical of him at the time? “No we didn’t discuss it at all.” Er. What? Really? Not at all?

It was the only really jarring moment in an otherwise cussedly upbeat half hour, the only glimpse of the peculiar vagueness that has dogged this club. Surely, at the very least, Moyes should have been briefed to answer this question a bit better.

But then hanging over all of this is the wider question of where exactly this strangely displaced, strangely unhappy modern behemoth is heading right now. Unveiling David Moyes on a six-month contract on a gloomy November Wednesday afternoon: this wasn’t in the brochure when the junking of Upton Park, the idea of a leap up into the elite club stratosphere, was being energetically floated. But then, football rarely does what its told on any level.

And Moyes does at least fit into the longer history of West Ham managers, the sense this is a job for serious, even rather sorrowful men. From Syd King, who suffered and died in the job, through the obsessive inspiration of Ron Greenwood and the quiet class of John Lyall, West Ham has been a place for era-builders, men with an eye on some kind of legacy, as Moyes always seemed to be in the best times.

If he has something a little pinched about him these days then this is also unsurprising for a manager who seemed to become obsolete, dinosaur-ish almost overnight. Moyes will surely keep West Ham up just by getting the players to run a bit more and defend a bit better. “Sometimes you have to repair things and maybe I’ve got a bit to repair,” he said at one point.

West Ham still give the impression of having left some vital part of the club’s essence up the road in the London clay of a new-build housing site. In Moyes they might just have found somebody else looking for a redemption story. It would be an unexpectedly happy ending if he could find a home here, at a place still trying to feel like one.

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1964 11:15 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
"The temple of Dildo"

Is that really written in a national newspaper?

Oh - it's the Guardian!

The Hammers 10:54 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
Moyes should have stayed at Everton.

The grass isn't greener on the other side

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 10:50 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
I got as far as when the illiterate cunt used 'strode' instead of 'stridden' and gave up there.

Bostick Pockets 10:12 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
I really really really hope he proves everyone wrong and totally turns things around for the good... We can only live in hope

SDKFZ 222 1:35 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
Both Allardyce and Moyes weren't my first choices as managers but they replaced two managers who had become inept and had let the team fall apart. I sincerely hope Moyes will kick a few backsides, reorganise the team and get back to basics.

He will certainly have my support for the rest of the season.

rochesterjohn 1:21 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
Apologies for the shit spelling, sat in a service station on way back from work covered in cheap food residual.

rochesterjohn 1:12 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
Give it a fuckin rest will you! Tired hack non inventive journalism at its worth that does not deserve the light of day.
None of us are happy with the situation we have 2 choices, use every stick like this to beat our club with or get behind the club, close ranks and make us horrible cunts to play against, choice is ours.

jfk 1:12 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
Takashi Miike 12:21 Thu Nov 9

Sven Roeder 1:07 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
Theatre of Dreams .... ha ha ha
Always thought that name a load of old CUNTWOBBLE

Moyes is on his last chance
Sullivan is on his last chance
Most of our players are on their last chance with the fans

Northern Sold 1:03 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
The temple of Dildo.... ha ha ha

Takashi Miike 12:21 Thu Nov 9
Re: From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. (c&p)
good article that, cheers

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