Pellegrini rocks out with the Stones

The new West Ham manager had his priorities right – get the contract sorted in time to have a night with the Stones.

Manuel Pellegrini lost no time at all in getting inside the London Stadium tonight with our picture showing the gaffer  getting himself ready to watch the greatest band on Planet Earth from the corporate area.

This is what people born at the right time do and he was soon spotted rocking out as Mr Jagger and the even more important Mr Keith Richards got their stuff together with Woody, Charlie and Darryl.

Hope the boys did the right thing and included ‘Start Me Up‘ as the gaffer gets ready for next season – ‘Wild Horses‘ won’t keep us away!



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West Ham United Supporters Club Call to Arms

Save our Supporters Club are raising £15,000 to fund legal action against the Committee of West Ham United Supporters Club and prevent dissolution of the 70 year old institution.

The Save Our Supporters Club Campaign (SOSCC) has announced plans to take legal action against the Committee of West Ham United Supporters club to prevent dissolution of the 70 year old institution.

A Special General Meeting, held at the Boleyn Pub on Sunday 20th May 2018, saw a vote of 18-6 in favour of dissolution. 43 fully paid up and verified members, who were entitled to vote and intended to vote against dissolution, were refused entry to the meeting by the Executive Committee and were prevented from voting.

The SOSC has announced that they will be taking legal action in order to prevent the existing Executive Committee from closing the club and sharing the proceeds of the sale among a small number of members. The value of the assets is estimated to be in excess of £400,000.

The campaign has raised £1,130 in the first 24 hours of donations when renewing membership and a nds crowdfunding site.

If you want to help contribute towards the fighting fund you can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/saveoursupportersclub

You can sign up for 2018/2019 Matchday bar or renew your membership for Stour Place at https://membermojo.co.uk/sosc2018


Pellegrini: The Fans React

Wow, what a day.

The club decided to hit us with the news early this morning as many of the fans were heading for work (or in my case finishing one last bowl of Crunchy Nut) with sleep in their eyes.

Clearly those sneaky elves in the West Ham media department had put their videos and promotional shots together the night before. The deal had been signed and sealed last night at Sullivan’s semi detached gaff in Romford and whilst us fans sweated on the announcement Gold, Sully & Manuel went out for a Nandos.

I’m cautiously optimistic about this one but still a little reserved. The board have broken the bonds of trust with the fanbase since the move from Upton Park and there is a lot of repair work to be done. That being said this is a good first step and we hope that Pellegrini is armed with the funds to do the job and bring in the players he needs.

A part of me is still expecting Santi Cazorla and Ricky Lambert to be presented to us under much pomp and ceremony at the new shirt unveiling but I’m an old cynic. Speaking of which did you see it? Did you see that crafty geezer Manuel had managed to get his hands on the new Hammers pullover before any of us had even seen the thing? I can exclusively reveal that this seasons Umbro offering is a football top with claret and a bit of blue on it which is a damn fine reason to go and spend £60 of Mrs Gonzo’s shopping money in the club shop.

Whilst we’re on the subject of money I’ll probably renew my season tickets now, I’d been keeping my powder dry and forcing the boards hand over recent weeks. I have a sneaking suspicion that it might have helped acquire the new gaffer. Without my firm stance we’d have ended up with Sam McWarnock as coach and Captain Caveman as his assistant.

For the first time in a while I’m looking forward to next season. Actually looking forward to seeing entertaining football and a team that will give us all something to cheer about and wear that new Betway cardigan with pride and panache.  Okay maybe that’s pushing it but a couple of speedy wingers and a midfielder to supply Arnie, Lanzini & Chicharito will do me lovely.

Oh yeah, here are the reactions of Mr B & Tom


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Video: Manuel Pellegrini’s career in one minute


Pellegrini targets key area for reinforcements

Manuel Pellegrini will focus his transfer activity on defence and midfield as he settles down to sorting West Ham unbalanced squad.

The new boss – like his predecessor David Moyes –  sees his major issues as being at the back where the Hammers conceded a ridiculous 68 goals last season – with Stoke City – the worst in the league.

He is keeping targets very close to his chest but his former Manchester City player Eliaquim Mangala – on loan at Everton last season – could come into his thinking.

City paid £41 million for the Frenchman who is out of contract next summer and would probably now cost in the region of £10 million.

As mentioned in a previous story here the manager may well move for Willy Caballero – Chelsea’s number two keeper whom he bought while at Manchester City and who took over from Joe Hart.

But beyond that all that is dribbling out of the club at the moment is that he wants youthful and energetic midfielders as part of a major overhaul but that he is content with what he sees up front.

It has become relatively clear that Chicharito will be brought in from the cold and be used initially as Marko Arnautovic’s strike partner with Manu Lanzini tucked in behind.


Pellegrini’s No 2 a serious hardman

Arentine hardman Rubén Cousillas is likely to join new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini as the assistant boss at the London Stadium.

Former goalkeeper Cousillas was his assistant at both Hebei China Fortune and Manchester City where he gained a reputation as a no nonsense coach who takes no rubbish from anybody.

Leading Manchester freelance journalist and City season ticket holder Scott Loney who covers the club and United for national newspapers told us: “He’s as hard as nails and had a fearsome reputation on the City training ground. The players took no liberties whatsoever,

“He is Pellegrini’s serious confidante and takes no rubbish from anywhere. He and the manager are totally involved in everything that goes on in training.”

He has in fact been with the manager since is earliest days in coaching and management, with Cousillas joining him in 1998 at San Lorenzo where the pair struck up a great working partnership and have worked togetger ever since at River Plate , Villareal, Real Madrid and Malaga. He then joined him at City as co -assistant, alongside Brian Kidd.



Manuel to music by Canning Town Len

The day would not be complete without Manuel Pellegrini getting a special greeting from the main West Ham man.

A very confused Canning Town Len has weighed in with his own special ‘ello geezer to the ‘Argie bargy’ man recently arrived from China.

He has learned too he tells us that Manuel likes to play a 4-3-3 which in takeaway terms  is apparently a sweet and sour job in certain parts of Leyton.

Anyway, sit back and enjoy this special moment as ‘Manny’ as he is now known to Len put his many thoughts into music at the start of his Hammers reign.


Exclusive: Sir Trev calls for Pellegrini patience

Trevor Brooking has told the fans to be patient and not expect miracles from new boss Manuel Pellegrini overnight.

Sir Trev – in an exclusive interview with ClaretandHugh – made it clear that he is delighted to see a world class manager arrive at the club declaring: “The time to judge will be at the end of his three years – not next season.”

He added: “The top six is so difficult to break into and Manuel Pellegrini has a lot of work to do first – strengthening a thin squad and recovering from two very difficult seasons.

“He is clearly a man with much experience but he will need time and I hope the fans give him and his backroom team that. It won’t be a five minute job.”

He is glad the club has gone to the next level on paying out for a top manager saying: “If it’s at the £10 million you are reporting then we are talking about the cost of a squad player while the boss is the most important person.

“If that’s the going rate then it’s good the Hammers have paid it and I think we can now look forward with some degree of confidence.

“He will know the culture of this club and clearly wanted to come in and enjoy it. With his knowledge of the game he will bring in players from various places possible at better prices than one might imagine because he will have great contacts and a good network.

“He has a reputation and I don’t believe he would have come if he didn’t believe he could do a good job bt as I said, we all need to give him time to get to grips with things.”

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West Ham 2018/2019 home shirt revealed

West Ham has given Hammers fans a big teaser of what the 2018/2019 home shirt looks like by publishing a photo of new manager Manuel Pellegrini holding up the new Umbro shirt to show the back of next season’s shirt.

The mostly Claret shirt has the word IRONS on the neck with sky blue piping around the neckline. The sleeve cuffs also a stripe of Sky blue with the classic Diamond Umbro logo imprinted.

Rumours have suggested the front of the shirt could be based on the Umbro template used by Everton for the forthcoming season.  If true, the new shirt could feature a classic look with a buttoned Sky Blue collar.

West Ham usually reveals their new home shirt in June with the 8th June date suggested this year, the Away kit is usually released in late May and the third kit released late August or early September. Online rumours suggest the Away kit could be Dark Blue with Gold trim this season and the Third kit could be Grey.

West Ham signed a five-year deal worth £4m with Umbro back in 2015 to produce all kits although online rumours they could move to Nike in 2020. The Hammers three-year shirt sponsorship deal with Betway worth £10m per season runs through to the end of the 2019/20 season.



Pellegrini may head to Chelsea for first signing

Manue Pellegrini’s former Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero could be on the new manager’s radar as he settles down to re-shaping the squad.

The Hammers are in desperate need of a quality keeper and the manager’s former Malaga and City favourite fits the bill.

The Chilean brought the stopper in form his former club Malaga when he became uncertain about Joe Hart following his arrival at Manchester City and although he is now 36 the Argentine keeper still has much to offer.

He is currently at Chelsea as No 2 but is out of contract next year and could be avaialable at around £5 million.

Caballero became a hero at City during the 2016 League Cup Final when, after the game finished 1-1 in normal time – he saved three Liverpool penalties as City lifted the Cup.

The manager has no intention of bringing Joe Hart back to the club and a move for Caballero looks inevitable given the pair’s history.