The biggest disaster they have on their hands is the massive flop of £6 million striker Modibo Maiga – currently on loan and not involved with Championship club Queens Park Rangers.
The front man’s desperately disappointing time at the club has brought despair on the terraces and in the boardroom.
The club are also disappointed with the forgotten man Alou Diarra who is on big wages and there is also an undercurrent of concerning the form of winger Matt Jarvis.
The former Wolves man – and one time record £10 million plus signing – ahead of Andy Carroll’s arrival has been involved in some inconsistent displays.
But according to ClaretandHugh sources, it’s the ‘Maiga factor’ which has caused grave concern although Diarra and Jarvis ‘issues’ have exacerbated things.
As a result we understand there will be a much closer collaboration between the board and manager on future signings.
We understand that whilst nobody will be calling the tune, every suggested signing will be looked at very closely by all parties.
We were told that the club want to bring in three or four new players in the summer and in the current climate have to be spot on in their assessments.
We we told by a source close to the Upton Park hierarchy: “There will a change in the way things are done as a result of some pat experiences in the transfer market.”