Cottee Claretandhugh exclusive

Dejected Tony Cottee feels “bitterly sorry for the kids ” who were thrown into the deep end against Nottingham Forest in the disastrous FA Cup performance on Sunday lunchtime.

TC – summarising  “a really poor performance” -exclusively for Claretandhugh- declared: “Why on earth was Elliot Lee left on the bench? He was the only player likely to score.”

The Irons legend was shocked to see so many youngsters thrown into the match and explained he didn’t think there was a chance of them clicking given how new they were to life at the top.

He said: “It was never going to happen really was it? I felt really sorry for them particularly given the system the manager played.

“Again it was one up and poor old Modibo Maiga was 40 yards upfield on his own chasing his own knockons.

“That’s been our problem all season. This squad was built around Andy Carroll and with him unavailable everything seems to fall apart. There is no Plan B is there?”

Cottee refuses to pass judgement on the manager at this point but says: “Ask me again after the matches against Manchester City and Cardiff City.

“At the moment I can’t get to grips with this result.” 

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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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  • neilabrey says:

    I think Tony Cottee has passed judgement on the manager and I am inclined to agree with him. The news today is that we are stuck with Allardyce and you can understand spending £6 million on sorting out the manager when that money could be spent on players is not a particularly attractive proposition. However, I am not sure how much sympathy they deserve. The owners and the manager have, between them, made some very poor decisions, particularly in the summer and we are paying the price now. I desperately hope that we survive but, if we do, it will be despite the management of the club not as a result of it.

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