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Is his time running out?

By on June 2, 2014 in Commentary, Opinion
Straight off the bat, this is purely hopeful thinking. I know chances are that this won’t be the case – but our opinion splitting captain was increasingly on the end of being substituted off towards the end of last season’s campaign. The signing of Mauro Zárate, and the return to the club of Ravel Morrison...

2013-14 Review: 25 predictions reviewed

By on May 12, 2014 in Commentary, Opinion
Back in July 2013, before the dramatic ups and downs of the following campaign had taken place, I made 25 predictions of what would lie ahead for West Ham. You can view those here. Creating a list of such nature is always risky, and that’s been proven to the extreme on this occasion. Without further...

Better the devil you know

By on May 4, 2014 in Commentary, Opinion
Talk will rumble on this afternoon, tomorrow, past the final game at the Etihad and inevitably the weeks thereafter – that is – until the two David’s make a decision. Do they risk it, and take a punt with what the fans want (yes, this option does read ‘punt’) or do they stick with Sam...

Who’s more to blame: Big Sam or the players?

By on April 21, 2014 in Commentary, Opinion
Whilst I’m not saying that the blame for our poor season isn’t somewhat down to mistakes from our chairmen and manger, I would suggest that, above this, the players simply haven’t been good enough. There has been a handful – at best – who have actually performed to any sort of adequate level whilst others...

Another Allardyce season?

By on April 11, 2014 in Commentary, Opinion
As thoughts start increasingly turning to next season, most of us have turned our attentions to the ever frustrating/transfer window, but, we still don’t know for definite whether or not we’ll be seeing a new manager at the helm or not next season. What would be the best choice here? After next season we’ll go into...

One more win to count our chickens

By on April 2, 2014 in Commentary, Opinion
Definitively; defined as ‘without doubt’. While the majority of our fans would say we’re now safe, I have managed to learn in 22 short years of life that with West Ham anything, yes anything, is possible. So a capitulation of a 13-point-swing against us would seem like a stroll in the park considering what we’ve...

Judging the Big Sam situation

By on March 28, 2014 in Commentary, Opinion
Two years and a day since Sam Allardyce infamously called West Ham fans “deluded”. One day ago, West Ham fans booed the team after an edgy win against ten-man Hull City. Anti-Sam West Ham fans would say the game embodied everything they hate about him, whilst those who are Pro-Sam would say we’ve ironically come full circle...

Did West Ham merely paper over cracks in February?

By on March 25, 2014 in Commentary, Opinion
The old cliché ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’ has pretty much summed up our season for me. There have been so many players who have not got into the form, or even near to, the form we know they can reach. Even without Andy Carroll fit for the start of the season, many fans...

Where did it go wrong for Modibo Maiga?

By on March 12, 2014 in Commentary, Opinion
Back in July 2012 – before any West Ham fan believed there was a hope in hell we’d be signing Andy Carroll just one month later- I wrote the following piece about Modibo Maiga: So what exactly will the pacey forward bring to our beloved football club? First of all, it’s clear that the striker...

George’s Marvellous Medicine

By on March 8, 2014 in Commentary
One player who has gone unbelievably under the radar this year, and more specifically in our recent unbeaten run, is George McCartney. He made his return from a serious knee injury which had kept him out for an entire year in November 2013′s 3-0 win against Fulham. Since then, McCartney has been playing some of...

Does Daniel Levy hate West Ham?

By on February 6, 2015 in Opinion
It was a frustrating Transfer Deadline Day for West Ham. Despite being linked with several players and hours of negotiations, sadly no new faces appeared at Chadwell Heath before the window slammed shut. Emmanuel Adebayor was apparently one of those potential faces and it’s arguably a shame that a deal didn’t get over the line....

West Ham: Now officially a good team

By on January 27, 2015 in Opinion
I watched West Ham’s FA Cup fourth round match with more interest than usual, given that Bristol City have long been my nearest Football League side geographically. And while it was not the most thrilling encounter in West Ham’s history, the win provided us with the perhaps the best opportunity in recent years to bring...

Will the real Andy Carroll please stand up?

By on January 26, 2015 in Opinion
The superlatives know no end when it comes to Andy Carroll. Just take the two quotes below as an example: I.Holloway in 2010 – “He’s the best striker in the Premiership.” J.Hartson this season on Match of the Day – “Swansea simply could not cope with him and it was the sort of display I...

Jonjo Heuerman – a remarkable young man

By on January 19, 2015 in Interviews
Jonjo Heuerman is a remarkable person and has deservedly become a West Ham hero at a young age. His charity events have not only raised a lot of money for his chosen cause, but have also massively raised their profile too. When Jonjo got in touch with me and asked me to run another interview...