The Board: David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady A+
The board have once again put their money where their mouths are, they invested heavily in the summer and continue to address the legacy debt problems. They took a huge risk in appointing Slaven Bilic which has paid off handsomely. They are building towards our move to the Olympic Stadium while respecting the past of the Boleyn Ground.
The Manager: Slaven Bilic and his back room staff B+
Great start by the former Hammers player, he has achieved beyond most media and fan expectations so far. The fans and players are fully behind him and there is a different atmosphere at West Ham following the departure of Sam Allardyce last season. A dream start for the Croatian with wins against Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea. Only marked him slightly down on his choice of Jelavic for a permanent transfer, some of his substitutions and no win in seven games but can improve second half of the season.
The Players: B+
Payet, Sakho and Lanzini have been the stand out players this season before injuries and deserve an A+. Add to them solid B+ performances from Adrian, Cresswell, Reid, Ogbonna, Collins, Noble, Kouyate and Zarate. Carroll, Jenkinson, Moses and Song could do better and rate C for me. Too early to say on Antonnio but I will gibe him a B- with room to improve.
Entertainment Value: B+
We certainly got our hallowed ‘West Ham way’ back this season. West Ham have been a joy to watch when we were at full strength without injuries. Watching games is no longer a chore (mostly). Three nil-nil results in recent times and no win in seven games has taken the edge off the first half of the season and the previous entertainment value. The Swansea game was a perfect example of poor entertainment value but the whole very good and promising for the future.
The Results: A
To be in eighth position in the Premier League on Christmas day is a great achievement having been as high as third in the League at one point. Finishing in eighth position at the end of the season would be a great effort for Bilic’s first season in charge but we could push on for a top six finish with a bit of luck and no more injuries.
The Fans: A+
As always we have some of the best fans in the world, our away support and experience is amazing and every one of our home League games at the Boleyn Ground has been a complete sell out this season. Even our European games to virtually unknown teams were well attended and our FA Cup match against Wolves is due to sell out too.