It’s time for an Irons return for our Harry


By Hughie Southon

It’s time for Harry to come back until the end of the season joined by his long time No 2 Kevin Bond with Mark Noble learning loads from the pair of them.

With the Hammers unable to find any sort of option in the manager market, CandH has even gone as far as tipping off the board that Harry is available and is our choice in the current circumstances.

He may be 75 but the cheeky chappy’s football brain remains better than most and his love for the club he grew up with as great as ever as he told me a couple of weeks back when saying he would go to any club who thought he could help.

I don’t think for a minute it will happen but this game is all about dreams and a return to the east end for Harry would be mine.

And let’s be honest about this. If we are to go down – which I hope and pray won’t happen – many would sooner be taken there by one of our own and as Mooro’s best mate from years gone by there’s no one better in the frame for me right now than H!


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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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  • richbarondick says:

    I’d rather be relegated.

  • Kent-iron says:

    West ham, make it happen, Harry back to west ham, what a lift that would give the crowd and the players.

  • westhamsteve says:

    Frankly any manager at this point would have more idea than Moyes.

  • Pessimist says:

    Why move for Harry if there are other Managers out there ? I don’t for a minute believe all the so called problems of Managers asking for three and a half year contracts. When there have been older Managers of quality. If they won’t come, that is different. Harry would steady the ship and help us hang on to our Premiership position.

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  • hammerpete6 says:

    We would have some roller coaster for twelve or so games!!! The very thought brings a smile 😂

  • Martin61 says:

    Don’t buy into your argument to reappoint H Hugh.

    Being relegated ‘with one of our own’ would make zero difference to me. Relegation is relegation. And as H has been relegated 3x in his managerial career and was sacked from his last role bottom but one I remain to be convinced that he retains the ability to keep us up.

    Moyse May or may not have lost the dressing room. Until Brighton I would say there was evidence that he definitely hasn’t and one bad performance doesn’t evidence a lost dressing room on its own. I can’t see how Moysie will remain until the end of the season but I have yet to hear a name to replace that stirs me enough to say he should go now……..well, unless the talk of Poch is true…..I wanted him when he was at Southampton and think he would be a brilliant appointment despite his Spurs connection.

  • Jaco E4 says:

    I think we’d be better off with Stuart Pearce and Kevin Nolan, assisted by Mark Noble. Pearce and Nolan know the players and should have an idea of how to get them firing on all cylinders. They’ve also worked with other members of the backroom staff and could hit the ground running. Just a thought.

  • Whudkc says:

    Why not go for Allardyce, surely he is better than Moyes

  • Budgie says:

    Certainly exciting under Harry but got us nowhere except verge of bankruptcy!

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