After all these years the Irons don’t understand the C word


By CandH blogger Allen Cummings


CONSISTENCY!  The 11 letter word that appears to have eluded every West Ham team I can remember in my many years of supporting the Hammers.

This is no new phenomenon. It’s clearly as frustrating now to the new breed of supporters, as it has always been to us older Hammers.

Even when we had the cream of English football in our side in the 60’s – Moore, Hurst and Peters, and later with some of the country’s finest young talent at the end of the 90’s in the shape of Ferdinand, Cole, Carrick and Defoe – that word ‘consistent’ appeared not to be in our vocabulary.

Yes we were thrilled by some exciting football at times but equally were often embarrassed by disappointing lapses. Sound familiar?

Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth was another of those days. After the euphoria of victory over Arsenal we were looking to cash in on the faltering fortunes of the Cherries. But it didn’t happen. So what is it about our club? Why does the same thing keep happening over and over again? The managers change. The players change. But the unpredictability goes on.

Will it ever end? Of course no-one knows for sure but I believe under the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini we have a very real chance of getting closer to that ultimate goal of consistency than ever before.

Pellegrini has regularly insisted he is trying to instil in his players a big team mentality, a confident mindset, a belief in their own ability. He has succeeded to a degree, illustrated by the fact that after a very shaky start we now occupy a comfortable and creditable mid-table position.

But it’s a work in progress, a jigsaw that still has a few pieces missing. He’s having to make do with a few players who wouldn’t necessarily be his first choice if others were available to him and it  now looks unlikely we’ll see any new faces in the January window.

But come next summer I’d expect to see more of ‘Manuel’s Men’ arriving and that I believe will give us a greater than ever chance of achieving our aim.

Until then of course, we have the rest of the season to see out. Hopefully ‘Arniegate’ can at least be laid to rest for the time being. Like it or not, we ARE a better side with him in it.

We have an excellent chance of progressing in the FA Cup. We don’t have the distraction of constantly looking over our shoulder in the Premier League, with the threat of relegation never far away.

The foundation for genuine progress is already there. I fully expect Pellegrini to continue to build on that. And next season who knows – maybe that old ghost of inconsistency can finally be laid to rest!

About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “After all these years the Irons don’t understand the C word

  1. Nice piece, Allen. I think, if you asked fans from any club outside the top 4, they would all claim that the same problem lies within their ranks too. It’s entirely down to the strength of the British game, across the leagues. In the PL, any club can beat any other club on their day, which is why it’s such a popular league around the world. Suffice to say Arsenal can lose to the Hammers, then beat Chelsea. We can beat Arsenal, then lose to Bournemouth.

    I agree with you that the Summer is likely to see a huge turnover of players, as Manuel continues to cultivate our squad. I think, across the season, it has been clear to see two tiers of quality emerging in our squad; the Arnautovic, Anderson, Rice, Diop, Fabianski tier – Manuel’s men – and the Antonio, Masuaku, Obiang, Snodgrass, Carroll tier – players that I suspect might be moved on. It’s not to say the boys aren’t trying – they’re just not the kind of players Pelle wants to build a side around.

    • I think you are right Buddy although I doubt Snodgrass will be moved on, possibly not Masuaku either, he has the advantage of being able to cover left wing and wing back positions even though not amazing at either. Quite a bit of cultivation is required to get us where we need to be doesn’t it ?

  2. Its really frustrating that when We can actually move up to 7th place,3 different times recently, We kept losing against winnable teams.Now teams below us have caught us up and We now have to play Wolves, Liverpool and Man City.So much for consistency.coyi ⚒

  3. As an older supporter, I remember the great players of past decades. There were always half a dozen of them in our starting XI with the others being a mediocre bunch. Until the whole team is as good throughout West Ham will average a mid-table final position. Recently someone on here said that our average Premier League final position was 11th…..which says it all really. Pellegrini will improve on that and I can see our team challenging the top six in coming seasons if he is allowed to improve the team as he;s done since August.

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