Hugh’s Blogs

Bilic makes a pledge to raise our hopes

Slaven Bilic is sure that we are about to see vastly improved performances from a thus far generally lethargic West Ham team. And he admits that whilst he believes we are getting better, the team has not always been good to watch. Now, however, if he is to be believed things are about to change with […]

Crowd trouble – we will bring you the truth

West Ham are being put on trial by media who appear to have hung, drung and quartered us after crowd disturbances in the final few minutes  of a magnificent EDL Cup vitory over Chelsea last night (Wed). But all many not be as it seems and later this morning Sean Whetstone our associate editor here […]

The defining moment in the Hammers season…2-1

West Ham’s fantastic victory over Chelsea tonight was the defining moment of our season so far. I – like many others – have believed a victory would see the season turn and for the stadium to start feeling more like home. So sadly, some idiots made sure the hope of ‘home’ was perhaps still a […]

Zaza £20m, Ayew £20m – Payet £10m, Lanzini £8m!

The clearest indication that the transfer market went totally bonkers in the summer can be seen in the following figures: 2015: Dimitri Payet £10 million Manu Lanzini £8 million 2016 Andre Ayew £20 million Simone Zaza £20 million Sky and BT Sports money are calling the shots but not to the point where West Ham […]

Hammers revival in hands of old guard

With Diafra Sakho and Aaron Cresswell tipped to return to the squad this week it gets harder and harder to see how any of the summer additions are going to get games. Add Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew’s return within the next fortnight and the position only bcomes exasperated. The bottom line is that West […]

Slav’s stadium training plan isn’t full answer

Fair play to Slaven Bilic. Hewants to train at the London Stadium in order for the lads to become better adjusted to the place. He explained: ” The pitch at our training ground at Rush Green is the same size as the one we play on at Stratford but you can’t replicate what is unique about […]

So who is in charge of player recruitment?

Time and again fans on the ClaretandHugh forums ask the same question: Who is responsible for the recruitment of players at the club. It’s a perfectly justifiable question although in many cases some have decided before the question can be answered depending on how the team is performing and who they like or dislike at […]

Irons managed a ‘first’ with this team!

West Ham managed to do a ‘first ever’ on Wednesday night against Accrington Stanley. No, it wasn’t a great performance and yes we did get through much to everybody’s relief, but what was sad was that for the first time an Irons team failed to include a single Englishman over the 90 minutes. This was […]

Masuaku injury goes from ‘not big’ to six weeks!

Maybe Slav is a supreme optimist but the news that Arthur Masuaku will be out for a minimum of six weeks came as a big surprise this morning given his report on the injury yesterday. Speaking after the Accrington match the manager said that “the left leg injury doesn’t look a worrying one” yet here […]

Valencia? Koeman is nobody’s fool!

When you hold on to your best and lose one who really hasn’t been doing it for you, then it’s fair to say West Ham United have enjoyed a good transfer window. Dimi Payet stays… Enner Valencia goes – that sounds great doesn’t it but before progressing the thought I will take a breath and […]