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claret on my shirt 12:14 Sat Nov 11
Brady throws Bilic under the bus!
LONG READ, THROWS SLAVEN UNDER THE BUS WHILE MAKING THE DILDO BROTHERS LOOK LIKE ANGELS, BITCH!

Everyone on the board enjoyed a good relationship with Slaven and supported him at every opportunity.

We spent �100million on players since he joined � and no club outside the top six has spent more.

Every pre-season requirement, every winter training break, every backroom member of staff, the complete refit of the training ground� whatever he wanted, we tried to deliver.

He, in turn, was an honest man with integrity and intelligence and was furiously loyal to West Ham. So sacking this thoroughly decent man was one of the hardest things our board felt it had to do in 25 years in football.

I think a huge majority of our supporters agreed with our decision. They, like us, remain as respectful of the 47-year-old Croatian as it is possible to be of a manager whose diminishing success in leading a good squad of players has placed the club in the relegation zone with the season almost a third through.

Expectations at the London Stadium are far higher than that. We spent �45m in the summer buying experience in defence and goal threat in attack. Neither manifested itself.

Rather, goals have poured into our own net to the extent that we have the worst record in the league � and we haven�t scored many, either.

It is pure excuse-making for anyone to blame the move to the London Stadium for our failings. The Hammers roar is as alive as ever and the fervour with which our fans blew bubbles after we scored against Liverpool on Sunday was heart-warming.

On the touchline, Bilic was dancing, shrugging off his melancholy air as, like many of us, he imagined a comeback as exhilarating as that which saw off Spurs in the League Cup a fortnight or so before. This time, though, the 0-2 was to become 1-4 rather than 3-2.

With the Liverpool goals, Bilic recognised that his 28-month term had ended and it was typical of him that he was prepared to say so.

He was never afraid of the truth or of speaking it. We liked him for that, David Sullivan, David Gold and I. There was always an air of sadness about him, even in the good times.

In his first six months, when Dimitri Payet was inspiring the team with his Gallic brilliance, Bilic sometimes looked pensive, as though he thought this was a lucky break and might not go on. He never quite recovered after the player staged a strike and went back to Marseille.

He began to run out of ideas as the team�s initial defiance to Payet�s behaviour faded and less than a year later the manager had also departed.

As a board, we have sacked only five managers (including Slaven) of the nine we have worked with in that quarter of a century.

And as soon as the job became available, some of our past managers were straight on the phone asking for another chance to work with us.

This sacking was in some ways the easiest and in others, the hardest. We would liked to have kept Slaven but we couldn�t. He understood.

So the two of us, who have a good working relationship based on mutual respect, said sad goodbyes.

A few months ago I highlighted that the then-Sunderland manager David Moyes gave an unworthy reaction to a question from a woman reporter. He apologised to her and I welcome his move to us and know he won�t make such a remark again.

The pundits point to the ex-Everton and Manchester United manager as the man who failed to keep Sunderland up last season. That is too simplistic.

Sunderland were on a lengthy slide towards relegation � and are now at the foot of the Championship table lacking high-quality players to bolster them.

We do not believe this to be true of our squad and it will be a test of Moyes� organisational skill to drill them into the powerful unit we think they should be. His is a very different temperament to that of his predecessor.

I don�t know whether or not he is the dour Scot he is sometimes reputed to be but we know he has many of the characteristics of Sir Alex Ferguson, who mentored his accession at Old Trafford. And I know Slaven Bilic will wish him the best of luck.

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Kaiser Zoso 1:17 Mon Nov 13
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Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Hell no!

LYALL OUT 12:54 Mon Nov 13
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I don't think a reported net spend of £17.3 Million is a lot to shout about for a board of directors who are now supposedly 'pissing with the big boys', and nowhere near enough to match the expectation a move to a huge athletics stadium with *cough* retractable seating has created.

But then I'm not a business man or Conservative Peer.

Northern Sold 11:41 Mon Nov 13
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Yeah I FUCKED UP 5K... * holds hand up *... takes a REAL MAN to admit when he's FUCKED UP... and I FUCKED UP yesterday.......... but in my defence I blame the 4 pints of Numbers I had at the Football club bar earlier on that afternoon... and of course Society... Society always gets the blame... but yes... I FUCKED UP

joey5000 11:36 Mon Nov 13
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Northern Sold 6:11 Sun Nov 12
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She could have bought Diego Fuckin' maradona in his prime (LAZIO)

FOMB

boleynkid 11:19 Mon Nov 13
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Sir Alf

Totally agree

Side of Ham 11:16 Mon Nov 13
Re: Brady throws Bilic under the bus!
He (Maradona) stood in the centre circle before the testimonial kicked the ball high into the air then clapped the whole stadium (360) before controlling the plummeting ball in one movement.

Sir Alf 10:53 Mon Nov 13
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They ( 2Bobs and their hench woman) cannot stop talking via the media about anything that has fans upset or could have them questioning the owners. This was totally unnecessary and is just another attempt at deflecting blame from them. Propaganda thats all it is (aka lies)

kylay 4:32 Mon Nov 13
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that's about the level of class I expect from dildo merchants

moorethanjustananon 7:01 Sun Nov 12
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claret on my shirt 6:55 Sun Nov 12

Another good point, taking an exceptional young talent from the championship and developing him into a near world class player. Hard to do and you won’t always strike gold (not suggesting we’ll find the £100m player) but as you say some decent scouting and we might have a shot at a) vastly improving our squad for not ridiculous amounts of money and b) improving our income from player sales to re-invest.

Spurs mainly spunked that Bale money on shit as well.

claret on my shirt 6:55 Sun Nov 12
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moorethanjustananon 6:42 Sun Nov 12

Good point although Spurs do clear a 100m for Bale, it also makes you wonder how much homework we do on players, it's one thing being good at football but are we trying to find out what their attitude is like on and off the field.

Far Cough 6:53 Sun Nov 12
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Haha

simon.s 6:44 Sun Nov 12
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Quite possibly, FC.


But let’s not spoil it.

Far Cough 6:42 Sun Nov 12
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I think he really did play for Spurs, Ardilles testimonial?

moorethanjustananon 6:42 Sun Nov 12
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I’ve always had the view it isn’t the amount of money we’ve spent that’s the problem it’s often who we spent it on.

Our most successful signings in recent years have been nowhere our record transfer fee for example:

Cresswell
Antonio
Reid
Obiang
Lanzini
Payet

Compare that to our recent record signings chequered form at the club (I think I have these right):

Carroll
Ayew
Arnautovic (so far)
Jarvis
Dyer

Spending your way to the top is no longer the way to go, only have to look at Spurs and how they’ve managed to get themselves in the CL and challenging for titles while spending fuck all (net).

Northern Sold 6:39 Sun Nov 12
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Shoved out on loan to Thurrock simon if I remember correctly... done OK there.... 6 months later won the WC with the Los gauchos

simon.s 6:34 Sun Nov 12
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I think he had a loan spell at the O’s too FC. Never scored for them though.

Far Cough 6:32 Sun Nov 12
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Maradona played for Lazio?

Does anyone remember Maradona playing for Spurs?

Northern Sold 6:22 Sun Nov 12
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Benítez away from Newcastle, where the Spaniard has grown tired with working for Mike Ashley. Yet their treatment of Bilic, who is experiencing what Sam Allardyce and Gianfranco Zola went through, runs the risk of putting off prospective hires.



In one... what manager worth it's salt would ever work for those chancers... you'd either have to be very desperate or very mental....

simon.s 6:21 Sun Nov 12
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Ag. Sold0’s not up on his wop football.


She got Bilic’s age wrong.

She got the day we played wrong.

She still managed to have a thinly veiled pop at our new ‘dour’ Manager.


She’s an idiot, they’re all idiots. I think the fans deserve better.

Takashi Miike 6:18 Sun Nov 12
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this is from a guardian article on monday, september 11..........



What Bilic wanted most was a top defensive midfielder. Carvalho was expensive – Sporting wanted £37.5m – but Bilic let go of squad players in order to make room in the budget for the Portugal international. Come deadline day, West Ham had signed four senior players and sold nine. Their squad looked short of depth, but they signed no one. Carvalho stayed in Lisbon.

Sullivan has assumed the role of director of football, which means he shares culpability with Bilic for the mess. Bilic is on borrowed time. It is no secret that West Ham hope to prise Benítez away from Newcastle, where the Spaniard has grown tired with working for Mike Ashley. Yet their treatment of Bilic, who is experiencing what Sam Allardyce and Gianfranco Zola went through, runs the risk of putting off prospective hires.

Sometimes the quietest person in the room is the smartest. For all the noise coming out of east London, how much of it is worth listening to?

Northern Sold 6:16 Sun Nov 12
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He was Ok at napoli.... and magnificent at Lazio... where you boys been??

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