David Moyes has admitted that Manu Lanzini didn’t live up to his expectations when he took over from Slaven Bilic at the London Stadium.
Moyes famously commented after his opening game against Watford that a few of the players he’d inherited needed to start perfroming and show him the reputations they had gained.
Lanzini was not believed to be one of those but now the manager has admitted that he was a bit underwhelmed by the Hammers play maker.
However, he has since changed his mind and understands why the player is so highly rated.
Moyes said: “I think he was talked about alot when I came here and to be honest I didn’t see that in the first half a dozen games or so.
“I think in recent weeks I see what everyone was telling me about and he is starting to form a great understanding with Marko [Arnautovic] though we didn’t quite get the magic we needed in front of goal.”
A written response by Karren Brady to the Mayor of London’s independent review into the former Olympic Stadium has been published online after a freedom of information request. The eleven-page email was sent by Brady to Moore Stephens on 15th November just two weeks before the publication of the Moore Stephens report on 1st December last year.
Talking about the reason to move Brady said in response: “Our ground was too small to accommodate a large proportion of our local fanbase at a price they could afford. It was becoming increasingly difficult to access and was impossible to redevelop. We understood therefore that if we were ever to grow our capacity, it would have to be outside of the Boleyn Ground. West Ham United, along with the London Borough of Newham, seemed the obvious partnership as we were both here forever and the community being discussed were ours be they residents of the borough or supporters of the football Club. We also had quickly realised that many of our local community were priced out of being able to attend matches at the Boleyn Ground and with the capacity restricted there was little we could do to address that but with a greater capacity we realised we had an opportunity around something that my Board have always believed and invested heavily in – bringing affordable family football back to the Premier League. Many of our fanbase had also migrated out to Essex and we realised that with the transport links that Stratford enjoyed that would only improve as part of the Olympic investment, that there was an opportunity to bring many of them regularly back to East London to re-discover an area that we truly believed would at the heart of a significant regeneration project”
Later in the Email Brady said: “Our fans are at the heart of everything we do and we therefore saw the opportunity. We are only the custodians of our football Club on their behalf. Most football Clubs do not make money. Every penny we make is reinvested into our squad to keep us competitive in the most competitive league in the world. We saw that the Stadium could give us a platform from which to build. If we were to sell our ground and invest what we had into this proposition we could work hard to use the opportunity afforded by the increased capacity to grow in line with our supporters expectations. The Stadium is not failing to perform in line with expectation because of the deal struck with West Ham. At the time we bid we were told the Stadium could make a profit with West Ham but without it, it would make a substantial loss. Had the LLDC pursued any other option, we understand the long-term operational costs of maintaining the stadium would still have been highly substantial.”
Speaking about media coverage surrounding the London Stadium Brady added: “Every time a report, an investigation or scrutiny into the Stadium’s management takes place West Ham appear to take the brunt of the criticism. It makes for better headlines to talk about West Ham and the so labelled ‘great deal’ that we got. In reality we didn’t have to leave our Stadium that we owned and had full control over. We were asked to consider a monumental and costly move to the Olympic Stadium. At that time there were no other viable options that would retain the iconic building and deliver in line with the governments long term legacy goals to spark social and economic regeneration.”
It was incredibly cold yesterday but I managed to take the gloves off for long enough to get the camera out and record my day.
I love Saturday 3pm kick-offs but they seem few and far between these days so it was good to get down to the London Stadium nice and early for a few drinks on the boats. Joined by Mike from ‘Mike on Monday’ and our friend Tony we entered the stadium not really knowing what to expect. In terms of entertainment at least it’s been a mixed bag from David Moyes and it felt as if we were as likely to see an Arnautovic hat-trick as we were a dour 0-0.
What we got was something in between and I was quite pleasantly surprised with how frequently we attacked during the first 30 minutes of the game. As any good pessimistic West Ham fan will understand I started to become concerned when we didn’t take our chances, we were playing well but the game looked all set-up for Junior Stanislas to come off the bench and win the game.
As you’ll already be aware we scored almost immediately after Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth did but we were certainly clinging on at the end although I do think that we shaded the contest slightly. What I did find concerning was how quickly our attacking game diminished as soon as Lanzini left the pitch. We desperately need somebody else who can pass, dribble and help link the attack and help provide a bit of end product.
It’s beyond doubt that David Moyes has the team well organised which is why I’d like to see us bring in an attacking midfielder rather than the defensive players that we’ve been linked with recently. I’ve read Hugh’s article regarding Samir Nasri below and whilst he’s not a player that I like personally he is exactly the type of player we need and in the position we need it.
Eddie Howe admitted his “frustration” as Bournemouth threw away a late lead to eventually draw with West Ham at the London Stadium yesterday. Howe said his team were slow out of the traps against West Ham and did well not to concede in the first half under early pressure by the Hammers.
He was pleased Bournemouth scored a great goal but disappointed that his team lacked the concentration to what he described a long ball from West Ham conceding just 64 seconds later to a Javier Hernandez goal which bounced off the form Marko Arnautovic.
Chicharito’s equalising effort secured a point for the Hammers and extended West Ham’s unbeaten run to seven games and they face Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
Joao Mario’s proposed loan transfer to West Ham has been blocked yet again claim Calciomercato.com
The website says the discussions have been going on for days and were originally stopped by the player himself who was not entirely convinced by moving to the London Stadium to play for the Hammers. He subsequently agreed to let the discussions continue which allowed the clubs to agree on a loan which would cost West Ham €1.5 million with an option to make the transfer permanent.
The report says the negotiations have hit a new stumbling block, with the West Ham board feeling very reluctant to invest €1.5 million on a loan for a player that seemed very reluctant to joining them in the first place. The loan is imperative for Inter Milan who need to offload the Portuguese international in order to be able to sign another player after having secured Rafinha from Barcelona earlier today.
Swansea’s January plans are set to be given extra financial backing from Swansea City’s US owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien. The American pair has approved an additional £10m on top of the existing £20m to help push through signings to aid survival hopes.
A Wales online report says the Swans are determined to make the most of the winter transfer window to boost aims for a second ‘Great Escape’ claiming that a deal for the return of Andre Ayew could be close and concluded before the end of January deadline.
West Ham signed the attacking player from Swansea in August 2016 in a deal that eventually cost the Hammers £21.69m. They would want to recover the majority of that fee to be persuaded to let him return to his former club.
The Ginger Pele is a happy man and reckons the point against Bournemouth was a decent return for the team’s performance.
David Moyes had warned of the Cherries threat before the game saying how they had things that could hurt a team and so it proved during a testing encounter.
But the Irons are a different team now to the one which Moyes took over and showed skill, character and determination as they worked their way to the 26th point of the season.
Afterwards Ginge observed: “We started the game pretty well. We were disappointed not be up in the first half, and then they put us under a bit of pressure in the second. Looking at the game, a point is a decent return.
“I think there was a stop in play and I think we lost our concentration, and they got through us too easily. It was great character from the lads to come back and score a goal as soon as we did. A point is a fair result.”
The Welshman added: “I’m delighted for Chicharito. He probably hasn’t played as much as he would like to, but he’s come on and scored an important goal for us.”
“The game on Tuesday and then today, we probably didn’t do as much training this week as we usually do. There were a few tired legs out there. We recover and we go again for the weekend.”
Mark Noble has revealed how he makes certain all the backroom staff at the club share in the players’ bonuses.
The captain – discussing the act of kindness with the Mi’s Had of Sport Lee Clayton and Jamie Redknapp – goes the extra mile every month to ensure everybody is looked after.
He explained: “I want West Ham to do well.
“For the fans, the chef, for Shirley in the kitchen, who was here when your dad was manager, for Jimmy Frith who comes in to help the coaches every day, keeps things ticking over and has been doing so since John Lyall brought him in.”
“I’ve known these people since I first came to the club. I want the very best for this club. I make sure, out of the players’ bonus, every staff member shares in that bonus. We can’t do it without them.”
Mark has been at the club since he was 12 but remains uncertain about his future in the game when retirement arrives.
He said: “I’m really not convinced I want to be a manager at all. Managers are just wide open to abuse.
“I was managed by Gianfranco Zola, who played at the highest level. No matter how good he was as a player, lose three games and it’s ‘get him out’. Do I need that? You don’t!”
“Alan Shearer had one go at Newcastle, got relegated and thought he’d sit and comment on the TV, like you [Redknapp]. When the Nottingham Forest job came up they had 75 applicants.”
“Lanzini is a worry,” Moyes revealed during his post-match press conference following yesterday’s draw against Bournemouth.
“Because I’m worried that, it looks like a hamstring – we’ll get it scanned tomorrow.
“I think the Lanzini thing has come more from fatigue from we’ve asked him in midweek to work and then again today so that might be where it’s broken down. He’s very important [to us].
Lanzini joins an ever-growing list of injuries although the good news is that Aaron Cresswell who limped off yesterday looks to only be suffering from cramp.
In addition, Andy Carroll has an ankle injury, Winston Reid is suffering from a groin injury, Andre Ayew has a knock,Diafra Sakho remains sidelined with a knee injury, Michail Antonio has a groin problem, Jose Fonte has yet to recover from an ankle injury and Fernandes is a long-term absentee from an ankle operation.