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Live From The Boardroom

We have precious little to laugh about at the moment but at least Mike & Canning Town Len are attempting to cheer us up.

In these two videos we see how the board react upon hearing the news of Ronald Koeman’s availability and Mike takes his usual quirky and satirical look at all things West Ham.



Tough guy Koeman can turn around hapless Hammers

Ronald-Koeman-2By Sean Whetstone

Everton have parted company with Ronald Koeman today as he became the fall guy for a failed summer transfer policy which left the Toffees side unbalanced for the start of this season.

However, Koeman’s recent failure in the transfer market does not make him a bad manager and in my view, Everton’s loss could well be West Ham’s gain if the board are prepared to pay him what he wants and hire the Dutchman before anyone else does.

Koeman will not claim any long-lasting affection for West Ham, he will not show the passion or the emotion that Bilic shows for the Hammers but he would bring tough love that would bring the club and its squad back into line.

Koeman is a strict disciplinarian who takes no nonsense from players who step out of line or who feel they are bigger than the club.

His training methods are said to be short but intense as he concentrates on developing skills rather than needless hours on a cold training pitch.

It is claimed he could be an ideal good strong man to ruffle feathers after Bilic’s more softer approach to players.   At Southampton, Koeman recorded a win ratio of over 48%, Bilic’s  is currently at 37% with Billy Bonds holding the best win ratio of any West Ham manager at 43%.

If you take the emotional attachment to Bilic out of the equation then Koeman is an upgrade in my opinion.


Antonio ready to turn tables on Spurs

antonio2707abcMichail Antonio is determined to turn the tables on Tottenham by beating them in the Cup at Wembley as they did us at the LS in the League

Speaking to www.whufc.com he said: “It’s a massive game. Even if it wasn’t at Wembley, it would be a massive game, as any game when West Ham and Tottenham are playing against each other, it is a massive.

“Especially after they beat us at home, we need to go there and beat them at their home. We’ve got to steady our minds, go there and perform for the fans.”


“It’s Wembley. As much as they are playing home games there all season, it’s Wembley so it’s exciting for any team that goes there.

“There are going to be loads of players who have not had the opportunity to play there, who will now get the opportunity to play there.

“People are going to turn up and want to perform there because it is a historic ground.”




Noble absence “will be killing him”

Mark+Noble+Kevin+Nolan+West+Ham+United+v+Peterborough+cN2tOvt3wgflMark Noble will be hurting badly at his current absence from the team according to former captain Kevin Nolan.

Despite Noble’s recent explanation that it’s only the team that matters and his acceptance of the situation Nolan clearly knows better.

And he believes the current skipper is the man to lead the Irons into action against Spurs on Wednesday night at Wembley.

He said: “Of course, it will be bothering him that he’s not playing. He’s captain of the club and right now he’s not getting in the side. Nobes will be taking that to heart and will wanting to be doing something to put it right.

“Not being in the team will be killing him, but one thing Mark Noble has got is a great character. Nobes is a great lad. This won’t knock him. This will spur him on and make him want to try harder to get back in the team and help the side win games.

“He’s got to keep his head down, work hard and be ready for his chance when it comes.”

“For me, he’s what West Ham need. West Ham need those sorts of players, especially heading into a game like Tottenham away.

“Mark Noble wears his heart on his sleeve and loves West Ham. He’s a West Ham boy through and through, and for me he’s the perfect fit for the club and the captaincy and the way West Ham play.”



Koeman beats Bilic to sack race

koemanEverton have sacked manager Ronald Koeman after Sunday’s 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal left them in the Premier League relegation zone. A statement said the club “would like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months”.

The Toffees are 18th in the Premier League and have won just two of their nine league games this season.

Koeman has become the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season after Frank de Boer left Crystal Palace and Craig Shakespeare was sacked by Leicester. The 54-year-old Dutchman guided Everton to seventh place in his first season in charge last term and spent £140m over the summer in transfer fees.

Koeman has previously managed Ajax, Benfica, Valencia, PSV, AZ and Feyenoord in Europe before coming to the Premier League.

In  2014, Koeman was announced as the replacement for Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, signing a three-year deal with the club. In his first six Premier League games in charge of the club, Koeman managed four wins, a draw and a defeat, propelling Southampton to second place in the league standings and resulting in Koeman being named Premier League Manager of the Month for September. In January 2015, Southampton won all three of their matches, including a first win at Manchester United since 1988, and Koeman was again named Manager of the Month. He led Southampton to a seventh-place finish at the end of the season.

Koeman won his third Premier League Manager of the Month for January 2016, on the way to Southampton’s highest ever Premier League finish, sixth place, highest ever Premier League points total, 63, and qualification for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

In June 2016, Koeman was confirmed as manager of Everton, signing a three-year contract on £6m per year in wages. His brother was again hired as his assistant. In his first season, Koeman led Everton to qualification for the Europa League.

Surely Koeman could be high up on a list of available candidates to potentially replace Slaven Bilic.


Haunting message hits the Hammers

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Some well chosen words from Gary Neville will continue to haunt West Ham as this season of despair goes on and on.

For he claims that the Irons, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers all have something in common.

is after match comments went like this: “That was woeful from West Ham (and) when I think back, (I think) of Sunderland last year, fans walking out of the ground,”

“I think of that QPR team from four or five years ago who were a disgrace, I think of what I’ve seen here tonight (West Ham losing to Brighton)… there aren’t many times when you can think of that, where there’s that disconnect where the fans just walk out en masse and that’s a real problem when fans walk out I think because that’s what owners look at, but I hope he stays Slaven Bilic.”

Neville is a  bright cookie and there’s much in what he says but however you want to cut it results on the pitch are down to the manager.

The board can be blamed for keeping him going at the end of last season at a time when many were calling for his departure.

They can be blamed for not investing enough and they can be blamed for not foreseeing and dealing with a three away matches start to the season.

What they can’t be blamed for are the horrendous performances, lack of energy and constant chopping and changing of formation and personnel.

Nor can they be blamed for a post match interview on Sky in whch he claimed not to know the probelms with the team – if they don’t get rid now they can and will be blamed …there can be no argument about that.

One issue with Neville: How after all that can he hope Bilic remains!?



Names galore as Irons continue their manager hunt

Huddersfield-boss-David-Wagner-838535I woke up to see five names mentioned as the favoured Hammers candidates to replace Slaven Bilic this morning.

In a word, the whole media circus surrounding the situation right now is ridiculous because quite simply nobody is currently available without humongous amounts of money being spent.

And even were it to be offered there is no guarantee that the “chosen” one would want to come to the club in the current circumstances.

Names mentioned this morning are Pelegrinni, Benitez, Wagner (pictured tight) , Mancini and Dyche and truth is right now none are available except maybe one!

The truth of the situation – at the risk of repeating ourselves – is not that the club don’t want to pay off Slaven Bilic but that nobody is available thus leaving them to think in terms of a caretaker .

Calls are out to various individuals and agent right now as any options the club may have are thoroughly explored. One thing seems certain above all others – Slav’s day is done .

Personally I think there is one name among the five I saw this morning who would do the job and might just be bought out of his current club.

That person is Sean Dyche who is reportedly earning less that half a million pounds a year although his time left at Burnley is a closely guarded secret.

However, his buy out would not be overwhelming and his track record is decent. He  surely has to be worth an inquiry.

It probably wouldn’t happen at this stage of the season and that’s the issue facing the club as it tries to find the right person.

Not an easy situation at all so the constant speculation concerning some of the biggest managerial names about should probably be best ignored for the time being.


Hammers get a happy Harry Kane hint

harry-kane-tottenham-hotspur-europa-league_3225921West Ham have been given the opportunity of taking a sigh of relief after the woes of Friday night and the fall out since.

For as they prepare for Spurs at Wembley this week they have learned that they may be spared the threat of goal machine Harry Kane.

The striker was subbed in the last few moments of the 4-1 win over Liverpool and appeared to be feeling his left hamstring as he made his way to the bench.

But manager Mauricio Pochittinto – whilst denying an injury – made  it clear he may not be included in the side which meets the Irons.

He said: ““Yes, maybe, yes [he will be rested]. We have ahead many games, Wednesday then Manchester United Manchester United at the weekend and Real Madrid.

Spurs then face Crystal Palace on November 5 and the manager added: “It’s important to know that he played two games for the national team before Bournemouth.

“It’s been a massive effort from him, but his performance in that way he’s so professional. But he’s not a machine and maybe Wednesday to rest.”



Bilic on The Brink: Blowing Bubbles Special

That was the title of Septembers Blowing Bubbles Magazine and it looks quite prophetic as October draws to a close. When the team from the popular West Ham publication sent me their clips on Friday even the most pessimistic of us never imagined that we’d lose 3-0 at home to Brighton Hove Albion.

What might have proved to be fairly benign topics on Friday afternoon became extremely pertinent with the luxury of hindsight. We start off with magazine editor David asking for my appraisal of our summer signings whilst Greg asks my opinions on a particular replacement for Slaven Bilic.

Emily is talks about Cheik Kouyate’s best position and current form and Holly poses the question of whether we rest players for the cup game against Tottenham in order to  concentrate on our increasingly precarious league position.

In all honesty it was a good excuse to get a couple of things off my chest regarding the manager, owners and general direction of the club.



Blowing Bubbles Magazine is available online or around the stadium on match days  http://www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/read-our-latest-issue.html


Westley hails best young centre back in country

westleyTerry Westley has hailed Declan Rice as the best young central defender in the country – certainly in under 23 football.

The Republic of Ireland international was entirely brilliant for the team in the under 23s 0-0 draw against Chelsea this lunchtime as he made his bid for a place in the first team against Spurs in the League Cup clash at Wembley this week.

And Westley said: “There was one stand out player on the pitch today and that was Declan Rice. His whole demeanour, the way he goes about the game, the way he drives the team and his all-round ability, which covers all of that – he was the stand out player on both sides.”

“If there is a better young centre-back in entrethe country, I haven’t seen him, at least not playing in under-23 football” .

“I think we edged the game and if you’re coming to Chelsea and you’re disappointed that you haven’t won, it shows the strides we’ve come.

“Our four attacking players were too much for them, I can’t remember Nathan Trott having to make a save. If I was critical, our final ball in to the box wasn’t quite good enough to open them up today.”

“Holland, Kemp and Sead [Haksabanovic] in particular really caused them grief and it would have been nice to round it off with a win but you have to learn to stay in the game as well.”