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  • The relegation battle - get out of my league!

    This weekend really is massive. We blew our chance to take the pressure off v Stoke, which meant a point at Arsenal would've been invaluable. We blew that too.

    I think we can all agree we expect to lose to Man City, and it could be a scary result. They had nothing to play for last weekend and hammered Swansea 5-0.

    So with no points and a possible battering to our GD again, it means that a victory for Saints and we are in massive trouble. We all expect Stoke to not win at Anfield and WBA are gone. Swansea have Chelsea, but winnable games after that. Huddersfield have Everton, but losable games to follow.

    I think the general feel is that we are quite calm at the moment, but I really feel we are in massive trouble following our failure to beat Stoke. Imagine had Carroll not scored in the last minute either? Personally I think we're relying on Huddersfield losing their remaining four games to stay up. Of course, victory at Leicester would do the job. But I can see us taking only 2 points max from our remaining four. Would 37 be enough? I can also see us losing the next three and really don't want a final day decider against Sam.

    But Saints vs Bournemouth is massive for us. I think if Saints fail to win, it leaves them 5/6 points behind with 3 to go (Everton away, Swansea home, Man City home). I don't see them taking 5/6 points from that. They've won twice in the league since October. But I'd say if you are in the relegation battle, and you have any fixtures against either Watford or Bournemouth, you are laughing, because I think they are the perfect two sides to play.
  • The relegation battle - get out of my league!

    Selling the Boleyn is the difference for me.
    In a weird way, as long as it was there, I had a link to my past, and was happy supporting them in whatever league we were in. I was a season ticket holder for over 14 years. the football was often rubbish, but you could often laugh at it because we were West Ham, a yo yo club with occasional flashes of brilliance, and occasional class players.
    We sort of 'knew our place' in the pecking order of things, lost to some terrible teams, and beat the best on our day, and, despite some dodgy owners, we were never ridiculous.
    My current feelings of angst were probably triggered by my new sonof asking me why I supported West Ham, when most of the kids and grown ups in our village support the mighty Argyle, and even get to go to some of the matches. When I was explaining to him about my long relationship with the club,I realised that all I could tell him about was our history, I couldnt give him any hope for the future that we might win anything, or that our stadium would be any good - (because I dont believe it myself !). I remember my Dad being able to enthuse me when I was a nipper, and I could memorise the team. I wanted to be able to pass on my spark, but I was sorry to find it at such a low ebb. My first visit to the Boleyn when I was six (under lights vs Burnley Feb '63) is etched in my memory, the sight of all that green and the noise of the crowd are indelibly printed on my conciousness.

    Now its gone - and for what ?
    I'll never forgive that, or the conniving ....... that run our club currently. (insert your own words - I have many)

    There, got that off my chest - I've not given up quite yet, looking forward to the summer and the natural delights living in Cornwall can bring, and hopefully I'll be drawn like a moth to the flame next season.

    I couldnt care less if we get relegated though - the table wont lie - and, for me, Moyes is not the man we need, but is probably the one we'll get.

    Over and out ;ok
  • The relegation battle - get out of my league!

    A quick reality check

    We're not Sunderland who have plummeted two tiers in two seasons

    We're not Leyton Orient who went from a penalty kick away from the Championship to the Conference in three seasons

    We're not Leeds who went from losing a 2001 Champions League semi against Valencia to losing the 2008 League 1 playoff final to Doncaster Rovers and haven't played in the Premier League for 14 seasons

    Being a Hammer isn't so bad
  • The relegation battle - get out of my league!

    But being a football supporter IS pointless, so I don't see how it can get MORE pointless.

    I don't support West Ham in the expectation of success.

    I don't support West Ham in the expectation of progressive improvement.

    I don't support West Ham because I feel entitled to flowing football, or a major say in how the club is run.

    I support West Ham because I can't help it.

    If I could help it, I would stop, and remove one of the very few sources of angst and frustration from my generally remarkably contented existence.

    if people can walk away from the club because they've got the hump with the owners/manager/colour scheme/lack of traditional food vendors in the vicinity of the stadium/other... good for them.

    I'm not there yet, and don't suppose I ever will be.
  • The relegation battle - get out of my league!

    Baracks ;ok

    It's good that the big 4 has now become the Big 6, but I agree, outside of that you're left playing for the hope of 7th place being enough Europa League qualification.

    Which makes me wonder why more clubs (like us) don't go all out for a cup, as that represents our only real chance of success. Most clubs, however, seems to sacrifice that opportunity to concentrate staying in a league that, realistically, they can't compete in (other than to stay in it) ;hmm

    All about the money though I guess.
  • The London Stadium Season Two (2017/18)

    I have just renewed my season ticket.

  • Moyes - Should he stay or should he go?

    Urgh, there’s so much confusion surrounding this issue, IMO. I mean, statistically, he is the worst manager we’ve had (in terms of win percentage, at least), and the football under him has been safe to say the least. But is it fair to judge him based on two-thirds of a season, using an inherited squad, where survival is the sole objective? At times I’ve thought ‘no’ and believed he deserves a summer transfer window and pre-season to see how he does.

    But then I think about January and, IMO, how dreadful our transfer window was. If Mario and Hugill were his signings and they were all he thought was required, then I’d have to question his judgement. Mario has been very beige, and Hugill has played, what, twelve minutes of competitive football? Hardly a ringing endorsement of his scouting abilities.

    But then I wonder whether these were ‘board’ signings (the very fact that Hugill has played so little is steering me towards this view), which then makes me question Moyes’ ability to fight his corner and demand more. Maybe with a permanent contract he will. But then again, maybe he is just the kind of ‘yes man’ that some suggest Sully wants.

    Following the Saints and Chelsea games I was happy for Moyes to be given a longer contract. After Stoke I wasn’t sure. After Arsenal I’m almost too fed up to care.

    I see a lot of names being bandied about on social media as preferred managers; Benitez (70% of Ex’s followers have voted for him in a Twitter poll), and I’ve seen Howe, Dyche, Wenger, Wagner, Jokanovic, Silva, Rodgers and Pellegrini all mentioned. Problem being, how many would give up their current jobs for West Ham? And of those not working right now, how many would actually want the job given our form over the last couple of seasons and the negativity surrounding the club?

    I think he’ll stay. Would I be happy with that? Probably not, as it stands. But who knows, given a competitive budget and a chance to build his own squad, maybe we’ll see an upturn in performances and results and it’ll prove to be a good appointment.
  • West Ham vs Man City (H) Match Thread 29/04/2018

    I’ve decided to fall on the sword for this game. This is my first ever match thread, so, beginner’s luck perhaps?

    There’s going to be a lot of running around for our players. I have both Arnie and Sterling in my FF team, so a 1-1 draw with both scoring please.

    I want Chicharito to play but against the champions elect, I’m not sure if that’s the best idea. But then again, we may only get 1 or 2 chances to score, and apart from Arnie, he’s the only one I want having that chance.
  • WHU606 Premier League Fantasy Football for 2017-18

    There’s plenty of points to play for, particularly with gameweek 37 to come. You’ll be less than 40 points behind me.
  • Moyes - Should he stay or should he go?

    She said that we should be able to attract top class players with a larger capacity ground
    Is it the board's fault that we couldn't?
    Its the boards fault for saying it because its absolute nonsense.

    If the key to attracting top class players was a big stadium then Queen's Park would be the most successful club in Scottish football history and Charlton Athletic would have been a top flight club up until 1985