Cottee: Fans responsible for Irons ‘revolution’


Hammers fansTony Cottee makes no apologies for declaring that the fans are responsible for the West Ham footballing revolution of 2014!

TC is no rabble rouser but lays out his logic quite simply after a 2013-14 season which depressed him as much as any Upton Park regular.

He believes that after the fans made their feelings known at the end of last season a terrific piece of collective teamwork kicked in which has sent the team on its most exciting season in many years.

He told ClaretandHugh: “There’s no sides to be taken here but I am convinced that had the fans not reacted to what we had been watching last season nothing much would have happened.

“They have the right to do what they did. Why? Because they are the most important people in any club and they made it clear that enough was enough.

“Then a chain reaction set in. The two Davids heard loud and clear and acted fast, Sam Allardyce was told what was wanted and he told the players after some great work in the transfer market. Everyone got the message

“It’s the way it should work…everybody was told what had to happen and everybody responded in the right way. The result has been some tremendous football, terrific results, with everybody feeling proud to be a Hammer.

“These are very good times but first and foremost it’s down to the fans. They spoke up very loudly and from there everybody reacted brilliantly.”

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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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  • conkerpot says:

    Awest tony didn’t mention is that a football club is always a team effort from the chairman to the manager to the fans. And everyone involved with the club in anyway deserves credit when things are going well. Now everybody needs a scapegoat so I assume if things turn bad again we can all go back to blaming one man and one man alone.

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