Brady supporter meeting update

karen-brady_2675236bDuring a three hour meeting with West Ham Vice Chairman Karren Brady at the London Stadium a wide range of topics were discussed.

These subjects included: the quality of  stadium stewarding, ongoing filming of supporters,  honouring former legends, making the stadium feel more like West Ham’s home, shelving for drinks around the bar areas, more betting booths, the use of Supporter Liaison Officers on match days, the use of former Boleyn Ground stewards, the request to increase stadium capacity to 60,000, the return of season ticket holders to block 114, retractable seating and the distance from the pitch, searching children on entry to the ground, Westfield and boxing day matches,  faster serving of beer at half time, why Palace were allowed to bring in  drum on Saturday, whether fans could bring in more flags, accessibility buses and the wait times post match, the distance from Stratford underground to the stadium, the article on the official website by Martin Samuel, food outlets including the Rib Man and Pie and Mash, scarf/badge and memorabilia sellers outside the stadium, The West Ham Supporters Club (Social club), moving seats at the end of the season, season ticket renewals, the ticket exchange system and Dimitri Payet.

Present at the meeting included ClaretandHugh, KUMB, WestHamTilliDie, , Hammers Chat, Blowing Bubbles Fanzine, West Ham World, Sex, Drugs and Carlton Cole, The West Ham Way, West Ham Fan TV and Jack Sullivan.

Feedback from the club during the meeting:

Stewarding is a top priority for the club, they want to employ more former Boleyn Ground stewards and have already deployed former Boleyn ground stewards to blocks 113 and 114 for the last two games.
Filming of supporters has been related to identification of those involved in missile throwing at the Chelsea game and is not intended to be a permanent if there is no repeat of the troubles since at the Chelsea game. LS 185 have promised the club it will cease.
West Ham are still working on bringing the Green Street Champions statue to Stratford and honouring other West Ham legends subject to agreement and planning permission.
Karren has spoken to LS185 to commission shelving around the bar areas to hold drinks subject to approval by stadium owners E20. Caters Delaware North will speed up serving of drinks at half time by pre-pouring pints from the Man City game.
West Ham will allow supporters to send them flags which will be put up for games around the stadium and taken down and stored safety post match. Details will be published soon.
West Ham plan to increase the number of match day SLO’s to 50-60 and pay them the London living wage. The club will increased the number full time SLO’s from two to three. There will be 30 match day SLO’s in place for the Manchester City game.,
West Ham will ask the stadium operators to apply for a capacity increase to 60,000 to the Safety Advisory Group (SAG). If successful 3,000 half season tickets will go on sale at band 5 prices.
Children will be no longer be searched on entry to the London Stadium and LS185 will purchase more wands to speed up the search time for adults.
It is not feasible to move the seating in the lower bowl of the London Stadium closer to the pitch because of the roof and shape the stadium.
The club will vet newspaper articles published on the official website if they could be considered to drive a wedge between the club and their fans.
Karren will look at the feasibility of bringing in more more food outlets outside the Stadium which may include the Ribman and a Pie and Mash stall subject to demand.
The club will look into the current Ticket Exchange and forwarding system to look at ways to encourage supporters to use it to leave less empty seats at league games. They will be more transparent on what supporters get back. They give 90% back of what the season ticket paid with 10% going to Ticket master as an admin fee. They will publish a full breakdown of how it is calculated.
The club are happy to meet with the West Ham Supporters Club to see want help they could render to help them move the social club closer to Stratford

Payet trains: Before and after pics







Dimi Payet turned up for training with the under 23s today and these pictures from Chadwell Heath show exactly what sort of state the Frenchman appears to be in right now.

That a European superstar should reduce himself to this situation is really pretty mind-blowing but I guess nothing in football should really surprise us anymore.

It certainly looks to most Payet watchers as though the bloke could lose a pound or two doesn’t it – here he is in before and after mode.

Not good!

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Irons duo get away to wins

sentoffkouyateCheikhou Kouyate and Andre Ayew were both on the winning side at the start of the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Kouyate skippered Senegal to a 2-0 Group B victory over Tunisia in Franceville, and the team now tops the the group following Algeria’s 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe – their opponents tomorrow (Thurs).

Ayew was the match-winner as Avram Grant’s Ghana beat Uganda 1-0 in Port-Gentil, scoring from the spot after Asamoah Gyan had been fouled inside the box.

Ghana meet Mali in the second Group D fixture against on Saturday.

Both matches will be broadcast live in the UK by Eurosport.



Payet’s pleas set to fall on deaf Irons ears

payet2Dimi Payet is this morning being reported as having made a desperate plea to West Ham to allow him to leave for Marseilles this January.

We understand he has cited family reasons but the Hammers remain unmoved until the bidding hits their absolute minimum of £30 million.

Payet is allegedly insisting he wants to go to France for the sake of his marriage and also because he wants his three kids to grow up in France.

However, the Hammers have made up their minds they won’t let him leave until the money is right and if that’s not this month… so be it.

The club simply won’t be held to ransom or be swayed by Payet’s emotional pleas as they are aware that the player is worth at least £30m – £35m in the current market place.

They have also asked him to apologise to the club and fans and are still waiting for a response.



Hammers wait on Bilic’s thumbs up

scott-hoganWest Ham are still to make a final decision on the signing of Brentford’s Scott Hogan.

Having arrived at an upfront figure of £9 million for the Bees striker, the club are edging towards a deal although his injury record remains a worry.

More importantly, however, is getting Slaven Bilic’s final approval on the 24 year old who has scored 14 goals in 26 appearances this season.

Tony Henry has regularly scouted the player and is reported keen on the player but Bilic continues to keep his options open and has yet to give the final thumbs up as other targets remain in the frame.

The manager is a big admirer of Jermain Defoe and won’t rush into any decision until he has assessed all his options.

The club would not have reached this point had Brentford stuck to their original asking price of  £15 million but have beaten the Bees down to £9 million plus extras citing his previous injury problems and knee surgery in talks.

Just as was the case with Michail Antonio, shortly after his arrival as boss, nothing can happen until the manager gives a thumbs-up or down.



Reaction to meeting

As Sean has mentioned below a number of us met with Karren Brady last night to discuss a number of issues and to assist in the transition to the new stadium.

We’ll produce a more detailed video analysis over the next couple of days but here is our initial reaction.

I’d just like to say how impressed I was that so many of the good people from the West Ham blogging world turned up with so many suggestions to help the fans. The room was full of people both from the club and the social media sites who clearly wanted to do everything they could to make things better.

I’ll leave the detailed writing to Sean who I’m sure has much to report but I’m extremely confident that all the members of the various sites represented the fans very well.



Brady meets with the West Ham internet community

karen-brady_2675236bWest Ham Vice Chairman Karren Brady spent a three hour meeting on Tuesday evening with representatives of the many of the West Ham websites, blogs fanzines and social media channel community. Together the sites and social media accounts are read and watched by tens of thousands of West Ham supporters.

Present at the meeting included ClaretandHugh, KUMB, WestHamTilliDie, The West Ham Way, West Ham Fan TV, Hammers Chat, Blowing Bubbles Fanzine, West Ham World and Sex, Drugs and Carlton Cole and Jack Sullivan.

The Vice Chairman spent hours listening to feedback and concerns about the London Stadium and promised a series of quick wins which could be achieved a three month time frame.

Stewarding was one of the main topics of discussion and Brady promised it was one her top priority’s to get right with the operators London Stadium 185. The club have already asked the operators to deploy former Boleyn Ground stewards in blocks 113 and 114 and that has already in place for the last two home games.



Bust up with Andre Ayew denied

andre-ayew-west-ham_3766957The Ghanaian FA has dismissed reports claiming that Asamoah Gyan has stormed out of Black Stars’ 2017 Africa Cup of Nations camp on the night before their crunch clash with Uganda in a dispute with West Ham’s Andre Ayew over captaincy.

The GFA was forced to issue a statement on Twitter after a website published the sensational news claiming Gyan has left the tournament in Gabon after the bust-up with the West Ham record transfer signing.

The report claimed that there was a major run-in between the two before during the team’s dinner on Monday night in Port Gentil. However the GFA was quick with its response issuing a series of Tweets to assure Ghanaians that the news is untrue and the players are focused on defeating the Cranes in Tuesday’s Group D match.

“Promptly ignore false report that Asamoah Gyan has left Ghana camp at Africa Cup of Nations in a dispute with Andre Ayew,” the GFA statement on Twitter read.

“All players resting for match against Uganda after this evening’s prayers. The Black Stars are united and focused.”


Marseille set deadline for Payet deal

payetshirt726ii (1)Media reports in France this morning suggest that Marseille will make one more bid for Payet this Thursday before turning their attentions elsewhere.

Marseille’s latest bid of £22m on Monday is nowhere near West Ham’s valuation of Payet of £35-£40m.

The report in France says Marseille will likely make one more bid for Payet and their deadline for signing the French international is this coming Thursday.

West Ham are not willing to sell Payet for less than £30m and it is not unclear whether Marseille will stretch to the Hammers absolute minimum.

West Ham have no pressure to sell and have sent Payet to train with the Under 23’s at Chadwell Heath.

Other reports suggests offers from China have been rejected by his agent as the player is only interested in a return to France. His agent courted reporters on Monday to suggest he would be taking a thirty per cent pay cut to join Marseille.

Paris Saint-Germain claim they are not interested after spending over £35m on the German 23 year old Julian Draxler.


Payet looks glum as he leaves training early

PayetDimitri Payet was pictured looking glum as he left the Chadwell Heath training ground at 9.45am  this morning.

The Daily Mail published a photo of the 29 year old French player behind the wheel of his £90,000 AMG CLS63 S sports car.

ClaretandHugh understand that Payet is doing one to one training with the Academy fitness coaches at Chadwell Heath rather than join in with the Under 23’s general training sessions after he was believed to have been ordered by the club to train with the kids. He seems to have made a miraculous recovery from his reported back injury. The player made an early start this morning leaving the ground before 10am hoping to avoid the press.

It is unlikely that Payet will play in any of the Under 23 games which have since been rebranded Premier League 2. West Ham sit in 5th place in the second division on 24 points after winning 7 games, drawing 3 and losing 5 matches this season.