Hammers bag £119m for top 11 finish

money_in_footballWest Ham is in line to earn £119m this season from the new TV rights mega deal.

Every club gets a £38m as an equal share of the UK TV rights shared by Sky Sports and BT plus a further £47m equal share is given to all twenty Premier League clubs as part overseas TV rights agreement. Every club gets the base £85m.

Clubs then get approximately £1m per televised match in the UK with a minimum of ten guaranteed to get club. Like last year West Ham had 15 games televised earning them an extra £15m.

The Premier League finish of 11th this afternoon earns them £19m in a merit payment which should take their income to £119m for this season. West Ham earned £86.7m last season for finishing in seventh place.

Chelsea’s prize is set to be the most lucrative in Premier League history – standing at a staggering £151million of which £38m was for winning the league and a further £28m for having 28 matches televised. They will be the first champions to benefit from the latest TV deal, worth over £8billion to all 20 clubs.


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Feghouli’s £4m goal

west_hams_sofiane_feghouli_celebrates_scoring_their_third_goal_317515At half time at Turf Moor it is Burnley 1 West Ham 1. Burnley went one nil up on 23 minutes after a poor touch by Lanzini which allowed Andre Gray to cross through James Collins legs which Sam Vokes finished to put the Irons 1-0 down.

That lead leap frogged them in 12th spot in the LIVE Premier League Table and relegated us down to 14th position below Stoke on better goal difference.

Just four minutes later Sofiane Feghouli pulled the Hammers level with a goal that could be worth £4m if the results stay as they are. With each Premier League place worth £2m, the Hammers jumped back up from 14th place to 12th place with that goal.

Stoke remain in 13th place are they are drawing 0-0 with Southampton at Halftime while Crystal Palace is 2-0 down to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Stoke, Palace and Burnley can all jump above West Ham if they win and the Hammers lose.

The best West Ham can hope for is 11th place if they can win and Leicester City lose or draw.


Bilic message to the fans

Bilic1Slaven Bilic has sent a big thank you to the fans ahead of the last game of the season at Burnley this afternoon.

And he has given his thoughts on the campaign which has left so many disappointed but insisting he has seen people’s true characters in the bad times.

He said: “Last season was great and it was easy and everybody wanted to give each other a high five and all that, but when you are going through the tough times, you see people’s real character.

Even last season, we had a patch before Christmas when we had eight injuries at the same time, when we went on a long run when we didn’t win a match, but we didn’t lose either.

I thought to myself and said to my staff that was great, because when the other players come back, we are going to be good – and so it turned out.

That was a very important part of the season. This year also, you build your character the best during the tough spells and tough times in every walk of life.

Now, we have had those tough times and with the quality of players we have, the addition of some more this summer, some better performances, and avoiding so many injuries next season, we can be good again.

Before then, we have one more match to play this season and we will try our best to win it.

While some people say it is a ‘dead rubber’, there is no such thing in the Premier League. Every position is worth £1.9m in prize money, so a win and finishing a few places higher can help us when it comes to the transfer window this summer.

Thank you all again for your support this season. I have always known how special the West Ham United fans are, and you have proved that again and helped us get over the obstacles that were in our way.

Enjoy the game and enjoy your summer!”



Hammers kids set to step up

RiceWest Ham could include five youngsters in the squad which travels to Burnley today in search of a last game victory.

We understand that Declan Rice (right), Nathan Holland, Martin Samuelsen, Moses Makasi, Ashley Fletcher could feature in the squad for Turf Moor.

With Winston Reid  sidelined via a season-ending surgery on a chronic knee injury which he has played with for the past few weeks, Under 23 skipper Rice could step up.

Mark Noble, (abdomen surgery) Andy Carroll (groin), Michail Antonio (hamstring), Pedro Obiang (ankle), Diafra Sakho (back), Angelo Ogbonna (knee) and Arthur Masuaku (foot) and Cheik Kouyate are all unavailable.

Meanwhile Burnley defender Michael Keane could return for after returning to training following a knock a couple of weeks ago. However, the Clarets will be without Ben Mee, who is still struggling to shake off a shin problem.


Likely West Ham squad : Adrian, Randolph, Byram, Fonte, Collins, Cresswell, Fernandes, Nordtveit, Rice, Makasi, Snodgrass, Samuelsen, Feghouli, Lanzini, Ayew, Fletcher, Calleri,


Gold sticks by “teenagers and Premier League” argument


David Gold remains unapologetic in claiming the huge difficulties facing teenagers looking to break into Premier League first teams.

And explaining a tweet in which he made the point, he added: “Chelsea won the league without a teenager making even a minute’s appearance. It really doesn’t and shouldn’t happen when you have seasoned internationals in your side.”

He had said when responding to questions about whether young Hammers would go out on loan next season he said: “I think we all have to (accept) that it is extremely unlikely that a teenager will break into a P(remier) L(eague) team full of seasoned international(s). dg”

Speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh he added: “They have to grow up and be brought through via the loan system and then on the first team bench and finally into the team once they are good enough.

“In the old days it was different when players were eating fish and chips and reaching for a fag before they went out to play 90 minutes but those days are gone.

“West Ham some incredibly gifted players on the way through and over the next 18 months I expect the likes of Declan Rice, Josh Cullen, Nathan Holland, Toni Martinez, George Dobson and Martin Samuelsen to be breaking into the team.”

He added: “Would it have been a great idea to throw a teenager into our first team when we flirting with relegation and not performing well? Of course not – you could kill ’em.

“At this stage of the season, with one game left, many are saying we should give youth a chance but there are still millions of pounds at stake on finishing positions.

“It will be the manager’s decision now and in the future – nobody else’s – but we, like all other Premier clubs, have to take a realistic view.

“And when I issued my tweet I was certainly not talking about West Ham in isolation but addressing the Premier League in general and the argument I am making is borne out across all the best clubs.”

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Bilic contract talks could start this year

West Ham's Slaven BilicSlaven Bilic can expect to be handed a new deal as early as December if he get the club away to the sort of start he enjoyed during his first season.

There has never been a real appetite to part company with the manager and, as we reported earlier, he is set to lead the club into the third year of his contract.

This will be confirmed once and for all at the  review of the season board meeting on Monday ahead of Slav’s hip replacement operation on Tuesday.

David  Sullivan’s words about wanting Slav to prove he was not a “one season wonder” when asked towards the end of the 2015/16 season if a new deal would be on offer still stand at the end of a deeply disappointing season.

But the board have certainly not lost faith in the Croatian and will be ready to discuss a new deal at the turn of the year if things are going well.

CandH was told: “The Davids have a track record of backing managers and they always wanted to see him fulfil the contract and earn another. He is being given that chance. “


Bilic heads for critical Monday board meeting

Gold sullivan BradySlaven Bilic heads straight into a critical end of season board meeting on Monday before going straight into hospital for hip surgery on Tuesday.

It will be a cards on the table meeting at which David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady will expect an exchange of views that ensures no repeats of this deeply disappointing season when the team returns to action next term.

There is no chance of Bilic being fired with the board determined to see him take the team into the third year of his contract.

bilic-pressureSullivan, Gold, Brady  Bilic himself and the fans have all suffered through a season which has often hit the depths interrupted by just enough results and the occasional high point to ensure our Premier League status.

Both sides will admit to each other they got last summer’s buying policy all wrong and that there can be no repeats as they hunt for a keeper right back and two strikers as a matter of priority.

There is agreement that the stadium move, early segregation problems, the standing or not to standing issue, injures and chiefly the Dimi Payet affair have conspired to make this the most difficult of seasons.

However, Bilic will be told there can be no such excuses next season and that he will be expected to match wins with decent performances unlike some we saw this season.

It is already clear the manager is more than ready to accept his share of the blame for a disappointing season but with a decent recruitment policy in place will pledge much better next term.


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Five Hammers out of contract

HowesWest Ham Academy players Sam Howes, Noha Sylvestre, Djair Parfitt-Williams, Jaanai Gordon and Sam Ford are all out of contract in June and set to be released by the club.

Goalkeeper Howes joined West Ham United at U10 level from Crystal Palace. The England U19 keeper has failed to agree new terms and is free to leave the club. Howes has just completed a loan at Conference South side Hampton and Richmond Borough.

gordon444-293x300Jaanai Gordon has just completed a loan with Newport county. West Ham signed Gordon from League One side Peterborough in 2013.

Hammers forward Djair Parfitt-Williams signed his first professional contract with West Ham in 2015. The youngster who was born in Bermuda but raised in the United States, was first spotted by the Hammers while playing for San Jose Earthquakes.

parfittSwiss midfielder Noha Sylvestre has signed a one-year professional contract with the Hammers last summer.

Former Ipswich Striker Sam Ford signed a one-year professional contract with the Hammers following a successful trial last year. The club has an option of another year which looks unlikely to be activated.


A Game of three halves

ThreeWest Ham supporter and architect Adam Leatherbarrow has invented a game and a stadium with three goals and three halfway lines. As part of a competition for the University of Greenwich designed the new game.

In his competition submission, he says: “Three-sided football is a modern adaptation of the “beautiful game”. In typical football games, there are two teams, with two goals and two halves, that play a fixture to determine the winner by who scores the most goals on a rectangular football pitch, where attacking is key. Three sided football is a game where there are three teams, three goals and three halves/thirds played on a hexagonal pitch. A team does not count the goals that they score, but only the goals they concede. The team with the fewest goals wins the game by having the best defence and how well you work with other teams at the same time – this is called “Philosophy football”.

Philosophy football is a concept that is slowly making an impact in many countries in the world and there has even been a world cup.


David Gold: Youth breakthrough is unlikely

mins2West Ham Chairman David Gold has raised his doubts of a breakthrough into the Premier League first team for the Hammer’s latest crop of teenagers from the Academy.

Replying to the news that Reece Oxford, Reece Burke and Domingos Quina will most likely go out on loan again next season Gold admitted: “I think we all have to (accept) that it is extremely unlikely that a teenager will break into a P(remier) L(eague) team full of seasoned international(s). dg”

West Ham is one of six Premier League clubs not to have played a teenager in the league this season.  West Ham, Chelsea, Leicester City, Swansea, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough didn’t field a teenager in action this season while Everton topped the table with 2,140 minutes played by teenagers with Manchester United a close second with 1,924 minutes played.

Gold replied: “Playing teenagers doesn’t guarantee success. Hull came 5th and got relegated. Chelsea came last and won the league. dg”

Adding:“Sam (Allardyce) played the teenagers at Nottingham Forest and we got beat 5-0. dg”

Slaven Bilic has indicated that 18-year-old Declan Rice will play some part of West Ham’s game on Sunday recording the first minutes of a teenager in the first team this season.