Dithering risks losing key targets


Hammers dithering risks losing key targets

The Hammers appear to be dithering again but this time the delay is occurring higher up the food chain.

There is an awful lot of uncertainty at the club presently. The future of David Moyes, Rob Newman and the appointment of a director of football all hang in the balance.

I completely understand leaving the decision over the managerial position until after the Conference final. However, delaying the appointment of a director of football until July in unnecessarily restrictive.

West Ham's dithering in appointing a director of football may give them a disadvantage signing players.

Hammers dithering risks losing key targets

West Ham are rumoured to be interested in signing Harvey Barnes from Leicester but how can we? The transfer grapevine reported yesterday that Aston Villa were now interested in the player. The midland club have a huge advantage because their staff are already in place for next season. In short they’re a more stable and certain destination for Barnes.

Transfer disadvantage

How can West Ham seriously contest signing players when we can’t even offer the certainty of a manager?

I’ve no doubt that all will get it sorted eventually, but how many targets will have slipped through the net before? If Villa want to sign Barnes from Leicester they can bid immediately but we’ll have to wait.

West Ham can’t seriously expect a player to delay their future whilst we sort out our managerial team. No player would do that and in the case of Barnes he’ll just sign for Aston Villa.

The situation creates the sort of disadvantage which leads to missing out on first choice targets. Not only do potential signings not know who their boss will be but who will make the actual signing?

It’s a bit of a self imposed mess and it’s not the first time we’ve seen the pattern. The Hammers have a recent history of snoozing & losing  . . . it’s time we woke up!

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  • Hammeroo says:

    You have made some very good points there, Gonzo. This is an alarming situation that you have awoken us to. It’s no wonder we have such a terrible transfer record. And it’s clubs like Villa who are very quick to pounce.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Fully concur Gonzo and I fear it may be even worse this time. There is speculation about Moyes, a football director, and key players staying or going, which just compounds last year’s initial dithering, no clear plan, and then buying players without a clear integration strategy, born out by playing them in unfamiliar roles or just out of position. Compared to smart clubs like Brentford and Brighton for example, we look clueless.

    • Gonzo says:

      Hey Pete, I recently watched a video about Brantford’s strategy and infrastructure and the difference is stark.

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