Archive | February 2014

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Sam: ‘Italian boys must wonder why they joined us’

Sam Allardyce reckons the two Italian loan signings Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borrelli are kicking themselves for ever deciding to join West Ham. The manager admitted: “It’s all helped, even though them lads are kicking themselves and thinking “why have I come here?” He added: “I thought these lads would be playing a big part at […]


Taylor’s an eight mile hero

We all know that boss Sam Allardyce loves a stat or ten and his latest figures make Matt Taylor a Hammers hero! The boss keeps records of every single issue surrounding his players and he is inordinately proud of the midfielder after his effort against Southampton. Writing in his London Evening Standard column  he declares […]

Downing: Let’s ride our luck at Goodison

Stewart Downing is looking forward to a merseyside return on Saturday and claims that apart from things coming together for the team, they have also “had a bit of luck.” But he warned: “”We’re not out of the woods yet because we’ve still got games to win.” He added: It’s very enjoyable at the Club at […]

Lukaku set to face Irons

On loan Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is set to return from an ankle injury for the visit of the Irons tomorrow! However, Toffees captain Phil Jagielka is ruled out with a hamstring injury so John Stones is likely to deputise in defence. Fellow centre-back Antolin Alcaraz is fit again and comes back into the squad after […]

DG: Upfront and Personal interview – Part 1

Heart bleeds for Noble

  By Hugh Southon There’s a couple of overwhelming reactions when you look at Roy Boy’s England squad – apathy and resignation …  hang on a minute there’s a third – a big stink of failure! The merest glance at the names in his squad for the match against Denmark next Wednesday bring back all those […]

Carlton or Carroll? – THE COTTEE VERDICT

ClaretandHugh’s regular columnist Tony Cottee has a very definite view on whether Andy Carroll or Carlton Cole should get the shout for the Everton clash on Saturday.  Read the former Hammers and Toffees striker’s view on that and how he thinks things will work out at Goodison Park this weekend.  Sam (Allardyce) has a tough […]

SAM: Days of darkness the Hammers ‘spur’

The manager and the team are working on the principle that ‘darkness is the spur!” That may have the ring of a Hollywoood epic  but for Sam Allardyce and his Irons the darkness of recent months is something he doesn’t believe they will or should forget. Speaking ahead of a game that can see them […]

Sam admits dilemma: “Carlton or Andy?”

Sam Allardyce has confirmed what Andy Carroll has already admitted: It’s gonna be a close call whether the big man gets a start against Everton on Saturday! The manager admitted in his morning press conference this is probably his biggest decision of the weekend declaring: “It’s a tough decision based upon how Carlton performed last week. […]