Chairman denies ‘Slav replacements’ stories


Exclusive By Hugh Southon

Get in my son!

Get in my son!

David Gold has revealed that neither he or David Sullivan are looking at managerial replacements after the opening games of the season.

And with so many players returning to full fitness he believes we are set fair to kick off the season in style with a few wins over the next several weeks.

In an exclusive interview with ClaretandHugh Gold declared: “I read in one newspaper that we were looking at replacements which isn’t true.

We were beaten by Man United 4-0 who did the same to Swansea away from home and who may win the League.

Then we lost 3-2 on account of a soft penalty at Southampton after staging a great fight back with 10 men. And it wasn’t the manager who was sent off, was it? To talk about us looking at replacements  is just inaccurate.”

After the 2-0 victory over Cheltenham, the co chairman saw enough plus points to be excited about the weekend match at Newcastle and beyond.

He said: “Chiek Kouyate looked fine and Diafra (Sakho) looks to be coming right back to his best and with Declan Rice again showing great form it’s all is looking very encouraging indeed.

And with Michail Antonio available and the possibility of both Lanzini and Carroll on the bench, I can’t tell you how excited I am.

We had eight injured – four of whom would have seen in the team and four on the bench for our last game of last season and here we are now with so many options becoming available. It’s all looking pretty good to me.”

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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!"

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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    History can tell you they don’t react too a few freak results if we lost 6 on the spin in the league they would probably act but of we beat Newcastle which we should then it will soon be forgotten, 3 or 4 points from the first 3 away games is still a good return, if we average a point a game away from home and 2 points at home we will have 57 points at the end of the season, to be honest I would rather start a little off the pace and finish the season well than start well and fall away.

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