New attack on board over Slaven treatment


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Former Hammers players are coming out in force to support Slaven Bilic after a series of veiled threats from the board.

After Tony Gale’s attack on them earlier, David Gold, Davis Sullivan and Karren Brady are again being pummelled by another Irons former defender – Danny Gabbidon.

And that comes on top of Tony Cottee’s demand in ClaretandHugh that the manager is given a new contract NOW after his handling of the numerous issues this season.

Gale had told them to “keep quiet” and simply support the boss and now  the Welshman has declared: “”I don’t think it is an ideal situation for Slaven Bilic and it not is an ideal situation for the players either.

“I still speak to one or two of the lads there and they love the manager. They never have a bad word to say about him and it is not the ideal situation for them whether the manager is going to be sticking around or not.

Talking to talkSPORT he added: “There is a right way to go about it. If it was me, I would be saying, ‘look, we have had a difficult season, it is not all your fault as a manager, we have got things wrong as well’.

“I know the player recruitment is not all down to Slaven Bilic – the board are involved with that as well – and they should back him after what he did in his first season.

“He had the team performing so well in that first season that he deserves a little bit of backing.”

Gabbidon, who made 112 appearances for West Ham in a six-year spell at Upton Park, added: “When he came into the club, they performed really well. That was probably his biggest downfall because expectations have been really high.

“Off the back of that, they have moved to a new stadium and there has been teething issues there, the player recruitment going into this season has been really poor, and he has had to deal with players off the pitch. It has been a difficult season.”

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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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  • Michael Miller says:

    Tony Gale, Danny Gabbidon and Tony Cottee are the one’s putting the pressure onto Bilic – David Sullivan apologising for poor performances doesn’t help!

    It’s all about the results from now on – and maybe the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ any day now!

  • The Long Dog says:

    We really do need some football dont we.The next match cannot come soon enough for me.
    Cottee is a joke he changes with the wind as he proved when Fat Sam was boss.
    Ex players statements are only taken seriously if you agree with their sentiment the rest of the the time they are treated with contempt by fans.
    Shearer,Lawrenson,Merson all dismissed as imbeciles by fans but if they were West Ham ex players now having a go at the board some would suddenly deceide they speak a lot of truth and they are credible.
    Its all pretty laughable at the end of the day.

    • John says:

      Love it Stan. So true mate. Talk about selective.

    • One Love says:

      Absolutely…i can envisage it now…Robbie Savage savages West Ham owners..all of a sudden the man that permanently talks nonsense​ will be a credible and knowledgeable pundit in the eyes of those who think that the board stink Haha

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Steady on with the ex-player articles lads,before you know it the titheads will go full circle & start calling the site anti-board again 😂😂😂😂

  • Stan The Man says:

    Whats wrong with an owner apoligising for performances MM.What about the times clubs have refunded away support their ticket and travel because the performance was so poor.
    I really dont see an owner of any club being honest about performances as such a crime.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    He still has a job doesn’t he ? There is no reason to believe he will be sacked, if we lose to Hull and Sunderland then there would be a reason, if the board allowed him and the players to go on indefinitely thinking sub-standard performances were acceptable that would be more worrying than a bit of paper talk and grumbling from ex players.

  • Hammer64 says:

    This just goes round and round and back again doesn’t it? I think the board have now got big doubts & it is just a question of time. Two more defeats In next two games & that is probably it. Two or three wins out of the last nine & it is curtains at the end of the season. If he survives then a poor run during the first 12 games & he goes then. Just a question of time really unless he gets some consistency, just like at any other club. Not a big story is it…

  • One Love says:

    No one but a select few know the situation between the owners and Bilic.No one knows if he is being pressured by them.
    The ridiculous statements by supporters that he is being “unfairly treated” or “pressurised” is just speculation and no more.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Slav will be going nowhere before the end of the season.It dont matter what results we get.
    I know that it was a little different with Hippoheads contract finishing but they never got rid of him even though we only won 3 in 21 or whatever it was.
    I have read on here many times that they wait until the end of the season then discuss manager positions or new contracts.Aint going to be nothing different this time with Bilic imo.Why should it be.
    Its prerty obvious the players love him which really shags the they dont trust him or he has lost them experts grand theories 😂😂

  • mywhufc says:

    Oh where to Start
    If you all can’t see that the same tactic the club/owners used when getting rid of BFS is now in place with Billic.
    Owners should not apologise for defeats, he’s not playing nor picking the team, in doing so it will bring pressure onto the manager. DS has been in this game 24 years, he knows by saying what he said it will bring pressure.
    The senior source leaks from the club to media outlets all designed to put pressure.
    The stories linking us with other managers, journo’s don’t just sit down flick through a book and go, I’m linking him today, its all done on a nod and a wink and hidden behind “a senior source”. I’m sure we all know who the senior source is so lets not pretend that DS is putting pressure on Billic.
    Now as his employer you may think its acceptable for DS to do that, no surprise that i dont.
    Hypocritically of me though, as i fully accepted when done to BFS, i was fully behind that.
    all done to put pressure.

    • Mywhufc, So you base all your conclusions on your own theories without any evidence whatsoever to back them up eh. Are you suggesting that every site and newspaper that runs these rumours all speak to the same person. Do you have anything else to talk about other than your intimate knowledge of the workings of a profession of which you have never been a part, the board and its part in the Hammers downfall. Do you believe the other owners were any better. Nope you’ve always been anti board. Just a moaner I’m afraid.

    • No indeed many go through the bookies odds and say: Oh that makes sense. Might be good to have a clue before making these statements of belief and presenting them as fact

  • The Long Dog says:

    Here is the Mouth of the South full of his own self importance.You bore people Nigel get it in to your skull.You might think your the big Mr.West Ham but you aint.Youre just a middle aged geezer with a high opinion of himself.
    When are you going to start to realise that most fans dont give a **** about your opinion.Spend more time looking in the mirror talking to yourself,your speil wont be wasted then!

    • mywhufc says:

      and right there is the crux of the article that Hugh and Iain did.
      someone comes in here and doesn’t want to hold hand and sing the praises of the owners and you go on the personal attack.
      Ok for you to give your opinion, as that fits in with the agenda
      but i give mine and I’m Mouth of the South.
      I hope i do bore you, i hope i annoy you
      because ill just keep coming back.

      • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

        To be fair Nige you do sound like a bit of a t****r sometimes the way you come across.It sounds like you talk down to people.
        By all accounts you are a good man in the flesh & there is nothing wrong with being a t****r,i am also one so i have read elsewhere.Well it was w*nker actually but i aint going to split hairs. 😂😎😎

        • mywhufc says:

          i know I’m marmite Rads, but i don’t take personal pot shots at individual posters on here with the digs.
          i aint no shrinking violet, and if you stick you head above the wall, expect to take arrows in your head and i do.
          i don’t mind being dug out for what i say, but if he wants to call me mouth of the south etc then ill call them out.
          I got banned for far far less.

          • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

            Lol trust me Nihe im glad you post on here it livens things up sometimes.I was just being honest that sometimes it looks like you are talking down to people.Dont bother me one bit though 😂😂

          • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

            Or even Nige 😉

          • Stan The Man says:

            You say what you think Nigel you are entitled to an opinion like anyone else on these sites.It doesnt mean everyone will agree but when do we all agree on everything anyway lol

          • Stan The Man says:

            You need to get a grip Nigel,you are turning this in to an obsession.It cant be good for you all this posting anti owner stuff at every opportunity.
            We all know where you stand but you are starting to get a little scary with it.
            I mean honestly you are Nigel.

      • No actually you may not keep coming back –

  • GW says:

    I’m with Nige on this one all these leaks come from somewhere just like the marquee striker announcement that never came 😀😀 At least Nige ain’t changed his view so all power to you pal not like others that just like to jump on the bandwagon.

    • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

      That was hardly a leak was it GW,Sullivan said it on tv about signing a marquee striker 😂😂
      Something leaked but it came out of Sullivans gob as i recall it 😁
      I did hear word you had recently joined The Kahnington Cult.Where you worship to a gold statue of a buddha like Nigel.
      Basement in Kahnning Town somewhere isnt it 😂😂

      Sorry lads im just well past taking things seriously,everything everywhere to do with The Irons is bedlam 😁

      • GW says:

        No not part of the cult Rads apparently don’t take myself to seriously 😂😂 As for a leak old Goldie keeps leaking that the China Doll is apparently a 20 goal a season striker every September 😀

    • It wasn’t a leak – Sullivan said it pubicly. Leaks by and large come from agents. Show me a leak that’s damaged the club please!

    • The marquee signing thing didn’t happen becos three targets were available -one went to Chlsea and the other two stayed where they were cos they didn’t fancy WHUFC. I expect Jeremy Corbyn was to blame.

  • CondorHammer says:

    “You say what you think Nigel you are entitled to an opinion like anyone else on these sites.”

    “You need to get a grip Nigel, you are turning this in to an obsession.”

    Will the real Stan please stand up 🙂

  • Stan The Man says:

    The real Stanley is a 69 year old man you are welcome to meet face to face who yes believes that Nigel can say what ever he feels.But the real Stanley also feels he can get his point across without having to continually post or copy & paste every snippet he finds.
    Now that is the real Stanleys view and at no point was i trying to be nasty or a smart arse to Nigel
    Unlike you sunshine with your childish remark.
    Maybe the real Condor Hammer just stood up!

    • CondorHammer says:

      Nope, still sitting.
      No malice intended Stan (hence the smiley face), I just couldn’t understand the change in attitude.

      • Stan The Man says:

        Its fine Condor,i shouldnt have reacted so bluntly i apologize.Im just a little fed up of us all falling out when we all support the same team.So sorry again.
        No i wasnt having a change in attitude i think Nigel has every right to an opinion I just think he would do himself more favours if he didnt come across as a man with a grudge on occasion.I actually admire that he has such passion for our club but as the old adage goes sometimes less is more.
        But what do i know im just an old duffer lol
        Have a good evening Condor,its all good fella.

        • CondorHammer says:

          No apology required Stan, and totally agree about the in-fighting.
          Take it easy mate.

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