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Re: West Ham United FC

Postby Rayge » 13 Mar 2018, 15:50

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Re: West Ham United FC

Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Mar 2018, 16:20

Rayge wrote:https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/mar/13/david-squires-on-west-hams-chaotic-cauldron-of-infighting


:lol: Brilliant.

Adam will be BCB livid.
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Re: West Ham United FC

Postby Toby » 13 Mar 2018, 17:16

It's proper face-palm material on all sides.

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Re: West Ham United FC

Postby Diamond Dog » 23 Mar 2018, 07:55

Just about the first thing Weest Ham have done this season :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43498328

You'd hope it will be a deterrent but I fear a full scale pitch invasion is the probable outcome.
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Re: West Ham United FC

Postby Diamond Dog » 09 Apr 2018, 08:55

Joe Hart had a fine game yesterday.

So good that the Sky pundits couldn't get him back as England Number One quickly enough.
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Re: West Ham United FC

Postby Toby » 22 May 2018, 08:44

Pellegrini. Not a terrible choice, but I wonder really what he's going to be able to do at West Ham. The board clearly wanted Benitez, but I don't blame him for not shifting from Newcastle, so they plumped for a manager who has been in China for 2 years and clearly was off the Premier League merry-go-round.

There's not a huge amount of money and there's talk of YaYa coming to the club. The guy was brilliant at his peak but at 34 it's the sort of transfer that West Ham have always made - a punt in the dark on a player past their best who probably will be injured for most of their fat contract.

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Re: West Ham United FC

Postby Diamond Dog » 22 May 2018, 09:06

Toby wrote:Pellegrini. Not a terrible choice, but I wonder really what he's going to be able to do at West Ham. The board clearly wanted Benitez, but I don't blame him for not shifting from Newcastle, so they plumped for a manager who has been in China for 2 years and clearly was off the Premier League merry-go-round.

There's not a huge amount of money and there's talk of YaYa coming to the club. The guy was brilliant at his peak but at 34 it's the sort of transfer that West Ham have always made - a punt in the dark on a player past their best who probably will be injured for most of their fat contract.



Toure really would be a fucking disaster for you. How much is he going to cost per week?!

Pellegrini is an odd/interesting choice - you'd think he has to have some kudos but, in reality, I always think of him as winning the title with Mancini's side (which is harsh, I know) and how much better they are with Guardiola (which is again unfair). I do wonder about his PR side too - which shouldn't matter (and doesn't so much when you're successful) but seems to at West Ham, where the owners seem to take great delight in publicly interfering in the manager's role.
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Re: West Ham United FC

Postby Toby » 22 May 2018, 09:25

His transfer record at City wasn't great. Mangala, Negredo etc. He did well at City, but there was money and as you say, a disrupted but essentially title winning squad there already.

He did brilliantly at Malaga and Villarreal though, so there is hope. However, deep down I would have preferred a hungrier, risk-taking and younger manager.

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Re: West Ham United FC

Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Nov 2018, 21:08

Diamond Dog wrote:An overdue but welcome tribute to the great Sir Bobby Moore.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-36885602


I watched this again last night... it's available on BBC iPlayer for a few weeks :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0brjn47/bobby

It's incredible in this day and age that a player like Booby Moore could have an operation for testicular cancer - and the word not get out for over 40 years (actually after his death). And that Bobby went on to lift the World Cup 18 months later... incredible.

Throughout this 90 minute documentary a few things shone through :
a) He was a dignified, understated, classy man
b) He was a truly great player - one of England's greatest (maybe the best we ever produced)
c) No one had a bad word to say about him, and
d) For whatever reason, the footballing world in this country (and particularly the FA & West Ham, I'm afraid) treated him poorly - some may say shamefully- after his retirement.

There are some absolutely heart breaking moments - the one that really got me was the interview with Jonathan Pearce regarding their last conversation. I defy you to watch that and not well up.....

Bobby Moore - the words still say everything that needs to be said.
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Re: West Ham United FC

Postby Diamond Dog » 14 Mar 2019, 21:19

BBC Football headline "Carroll May Not Play Again For West Ham".

How will anybody tell?
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