Hammers chief must sort things out


It’s always fun for those of us not involved to play the blame game!

And the lack of a single new face at West Ham is a very good reason for all of us to get involved but we do need a little perspective!

The discussion this season is a repeat of many at West Ham although this time around it is bizarre that we are involved in such a situation.

Those who support the manager will blame the board…those who don’t will blame him. It’s par for the course but the reality surely is that it should not be happening this time around at all.

One would have assumed that the loss of Declan Rice – on the cards for a year – would have been addressed months ago.

Yet here we are with name after name being mentioned just a few days before the season opens at Bournemouth for the


Reports that we have bid £20 million for James Ward-Prowse may or may not be true but if that is the case it is far too low despite him certainly not being another Rice.

Conor Gallagher has made it clear he won’t be coming to the club as he wants to work under the new manager at Chelsea but we went in allegedly with a £37 million offer which wasn’t a bad starting point.

Harry Maguire doesn’t want to come to the club, nor does Scott McTominay and even if they were to £20 million is over the top in the case of the centre back who has no sell on value.

So the conclusion is clear: Both Moyes and David Sullivan have to bear responsibility – the manager for wanting players who, frankly,  aren’t up to it with the possible exception of Gallagher, whilst the money being offered in this years offers is too low anyway!

In the meantime Tim Steidten doesn’t APPEAR to be getting a word in edgeways.

West Ham United – under David Sullivan – have a month of the window left to sort this out and it would be very wrong of all of us not to believe there’s much that needs sorting!

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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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  • jumbojones says:

    We are currently in eye of the storm. An owner who is asleep at the wheel and perhaps isn’t in it for the long haul given the expiration of the embarrassment clause. A manager inside the last year of his contract. And a changing of the guide in terms of investing for the future. Perhaps this year is a bit of write off and the focus should be beyond when Moyes is gone and new owners take greater controls of what needs to be a long term project and in need of investment beyond looking at the short term.

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