ExWHUemployee’s first ClaretandHugh column

EXWHUExWHUemployee will need no introduction to those of you who regularly use Twitter. Ex has built-up a great reputation for bringing on the money inside information on all things West Ham United and today he joins ClaretandHugh. He will regularly be bringing top news and is another top signing for your top site. Welcome aboard Ex!

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I am delighted to be writing my first guest column for Claret and Hugh and my first anywhere in what seems like ages.

Well the appointment of Bilic has came and gone and was a very long drawn out process. Talks with the new manager “unofficially” started in February when he was first identified as a potential candidate. Whilst these talks were obviously denied by all parties it is fair to say both sides  knew of the mutual interest. The club did have some doubts about him and had other well documented candidates that they were considering, Emery, Moyes, Biesla and Rafa being the obvious ones.

Had Real Madrid not made their move we may well be sitting here with a very different situation on our hands. It is believed that even during the interview process with Bilic he became unhappy with some of the questions he was asked but now has the full backing of the board. The club are fully aware that they cannot have another Sam situation so I expect there to be a strong effort by everybody involved to give unstinting support for their new manager.

The backroom staff are all awaiting work permits which is why there hasn’t been any formal announcements yet! Once they are all received then Slaven will start to work out which “ex players” he will add to the staff. John Hartson I am reliably informed is the front runner for the attacking coach with Steve Potts also likely to play a role. Chris Woods, the ex England goalkeeper, has obviously already been appointed.

Those that have been following my tweets will know that we have a good idea of the targets and players that we are after. Those that have been following my tweets will know that we have a good idea of the targets and players that we are after. Payet, is a tricky situation, the offer has been made which has a large down payment plus bonuses to the club and him but he seems in very mixed minds whether he wants to move. The club believe that he can be convinced.

I would be very surprised if Carl Jenkinson doesn’t return to us on loan. Sunderland fans were very quick on twitter to tell me he had joined them and I had no sources but then we’d expect that.We shall see if this is the case when he returns from England under 21 duty.

We are also strongly after Alex Song for what appears to be a knocked down price. The problem is that there are a number of clubs that are after him as he is classified as “home grown” and clubs now need to fill a quota. Once more the club remain confident that he can be tied down to a deal. There are other players on the target list which I have tweeted about but none are  close at this time.

I was quick to dismiss reports on social media that Stuart Downing was on his way to Middlesborough or Sunderland. There is no intention from the club to sell a player  they believe can recapture the form he showed before Christmas. There are not likely to be many player departures but should acceptable offers come in for Jarvis, Maiga and Nolan these would be entertained.

O I like the new home kit and the away kit is equally as nice. It is the classic light blue strip with claret hoops! This should be introduced in time for our first European game for which I cant wait. It is brilliant that the season is starting so early for us and a chance for our young prospects to show their worth in the first few games.

I expect there to be a youthful side put out with some of the more experienced players who need games involved. Expect to see those who need a settling-in period or are returning from injury. I also reckon  (although I do not know at this stage) that Randolph, Tomkins, O’Brien, Hendrie, Jarvis, Nolan, Almalfitano and Sakho will be some of the more experienced players who will feature.

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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

9 comments on “ExWHUemployee’s first ClaretandHugh column

  1. Biggest transfer of the window for me will be the one that gets KFC Nolan outta the door.I need to be totally cleansed of all things hippo.Dont know how much of this i should believe.I think that guy Bradley on wetpants is far more the real deal 😀

  2. Lmao.I saw that bloke Bradleys posts on there.What a load of ****.Just regurgitating news that has appeared in the media through the day,haha.Worse things is the fact that some of them take it seriously & start asking him questions about signings.Incredible!

  3. Great addition to the fold Hugh,from what I’ve seen before a good reliable source without resorting to exaggeration,I look forward to reading more.
    You guys should go easy on Bradley remove the LE and you see the true ID. He/she is the oracle of the WP stats army the one true ITK lol

  4. Lol,WHTID deserve that Bradley filling their mellons with rubbish.They are worse than the bloody masons.If you aint part of the lovies you just get blanked.I saw on there yesterday some woman say they are an inclusive site who welcome all.Biggest load of **** ever.You see people write great threads but they just get ignored if they aint written by one of the funny handshake mob.

    • Haha you’ll be blackballed for that Badda. From what I’ve seen the way to get in is to suck up to the neurotic in crowd,still some decent folk on there all the same.

      • Lol,i have never tried being accepted into the happy clappy crowd on there & have no intention of doing so.Not even a member anyway so my balls are safe 😉

      • Haha same as that. Are you sure they’re safe,they’ve probably got stats on that too,after all some of them do talk a load of b@llocks lol

  5. If that Bradley is so ITK why does he only ever talk about targets we know about anyway.The club must have other targets we know nothing about.Why does he never speak of these.Its all total bs.Every target he mentions is old news.Payet,Jenks,Song.When he tells me about a player we are in negotiations with or the club have highlighted as a signing which it totally new then he has some credibility & i might believe him.Seems to me he just enjoys being an alleged ITK.Maybe it massages his ego when fools believe him 😉

    • You shall be cursed for such heresy,the gods will wreak havoc for such blasphemy! Lol
      I agree with you really Stingray lol

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