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Hammers fans deliver verdict on next season

Nearly half of West Ham fans believe new boss Manuel Pellegrino will lead the Hammers to a top ten finish next season.

A poll from ClaretandHugh shows that 49,69 per cent- or 869 – believe the Irons are on their way with no fears of relegation which has haunted them over the last two season.

With over 1700 votes counted it’s a big boost for the confidence in the most expensive boss the Hammers board has ever hired.

A total of 433 (24.76 per cent) reckon the club will finish in the top eight, 3.2 per cent (56) in the top six and just over one per cent (28) in the top four.

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Of those polled a total of 269 – 15.38 per cent – believe it will be very much business as usual with the club filling a top 12 position with 3.37 (59) going for the top 16 with just 2 per cent  35 believing the club are heading for relegation.

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

6 comments on “Hammers fans deliver verdict on next season

  1. We should be aiming for top eight depending on who is signed of course, in honesty we top eight squad that have underperformed.

  2. I reckon we will finish somewhere inbetween 13th and 7th. Only a few places between those two but as we know 7th would be considered a fantastic season and 13th a disaster.

  3. Polls for Dummies

    Let’s examine the poll scientifically and interpret it.

    We know that pre-season the majority of fans fall in the “overly optimistic” up to “wildly optimistic “ range, with a few outliers at the top end in the “away with the fairies category” and even fewer in the “call the men with white coats” category. At the bottom end of the curve are the incurably depressive “black dogs”, displaying their usual deep pessimism. In the middle are the “its the way we always are “ cynics and finally the “stable realists” who overlap the cynics and overly optimistic.

    If we use the extrapolation method so beloved of pollsters we can deduce that:

    Top 4 – “call the white coats”
    Top 6 – “away with the fairies”
    Top 8 – “wildly optimistic”
    Top 12 – “overly optimistic”
    Top 16 – “the cynics”
    17th – who knows? this is the pollsters error because Hugh and Sean don’t really “get” polls!!
    Relegation – “black dogs”

    It’s clear that stable realists cover the 9-16th range and because we have a bright outlook on life we will be nearer the top end of the scale.

    Therefore, it is obvious that we should finish next season somewhere between 9th and 12th and when we apply the mathematical margin for error (that’s in the next lesson!!), we recognise that 8th, 13th & 14th are possible but slightly less likely.

    There you have it, the poll fully explained.

    (Not to be taken to seriously, although like DG, I don’t tell lies)

  4. Yes think you have just about nailed it Sparrow mate. I didn’t bother with the poll but I reckon the result would be much the same at the start of most seasons. Even last year, after a dire season when Bilic had left us in no doubt as to his incompetence & the transfer window had been poor there were many white coats in evidence. The year before wassomething else again.

    I will be happy with some solid rebuilding this year. We need it, both on & off the field. If the defence can be developed into something that on the whole does its job properly & further up the players seem to have a clear identity that will do me. Wolves have come up with what looks to me like highly suspicious levels of spending ( oh is that the EFL I can see turning a blind eye) & will not struggle. Cardiff will kick anything that moves & with the Warthog in charge will do ok. Either Fulham or Villa will not exactly be ‘newbies’. So it will be tough but if we can scrape into the top half, scoring some goals & not letting in too many, that could be the basis for real progress in the future. I know a lot on here will see that as way too pessimistic ( we are a big club, the owners just need to start spending their billions, Pellegrini has won things everywhere blah blah). All I would suggest is make sure you can walk before you try running.

  5. I’m afraid that the Pelliphoria has not yet struck me – perhaps because I’m a boring old fart who thinks that Sully is playing “Fantasy football manager”

    I was really excited when we first appointed Slav (and relieved to be honest when he was fired it had become so painful)

    The way Ginge was released can be attributed directly to the haste with which Moyes and team were shown the door – the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth

    No doubt if Pelligrini gets a couple of good wins (like SLav with Liverpool and City away) my mood will change – but for now its “wait and see”

    I wonder how many Palace fans were wildly optimistic when they appointed De Boer before the last season

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