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Former Hammer sacked after 29 days

Former Hammer Carl Fletcher has been sacked from role as manager of League Two club Leyton Orient after just 29 days.

Fletcher succeeded Ross Embleton, who had been in interim charge after Justin Edinburgh’s death in June. The 39 year old former Hammer had agreed a contract with Orient until the summer of 2021 on 16 October.

The O’s, who are 16th in the fourth tier, were knocked out of the FA Cup by eighth-tier Maldon & Tiptree United in the first round on Sunday. They failed to win any games with Fletcher in the dugout – he was an observer when Orient beat Grimsby 4-0 three days after his appointment.

Fletcher joined West Ham in 2004 for £275,000 winning promotion in the season he signed.  He also had a month-long loan spell at Watford. Upon his return from Watford in October 2005, he made 12 league appearances for West Ham. Fletcher’s last league game was on 7 May 2006. In the last game of the season, with Spurs needing a win to qualify for the Champions League, Fletcher scored the first goal in a 2-1 West Ham win with the Spurs team affected by food poisoning. It was his only Premier League goal.

 On 13 May 2006, Fletcher was drafted into the West Ham team to face Liverpool in the FA Cup Final due to the suspension of Hayden Mullins. The FA Cup final proved to be his last competitive match for the Hammers, signing for Crystal Palace for £400,000. He made 44 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers.

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Spanish winger reports return linking West Ham

Reports in the Italian press have once again linked West Ham with Spanish winger Suso.

His agent Alessandro Lucci recently announced he has separated from his client and this has led to speculation that he may be moving to the Premier League this winter with West Ham and Wolves mooted in the Calciomercato piece.

West Ham were reported to be interested in Liverpool flop Suso last month according the  Sun newspaper

The 25-year-old AC Milan attacking midfielder is thought to have a release fee clause of £36m.

The Spaniard has managed just one assist in eight Serie A outings this term and was widely criticised for his performance against Lecce last Sunday.

He joined Liverpool’s youth setup from Cadiz for a £54,000 fee in 2010 later sold to AC Milan for just over £1m after making 14 Premier League appearances for the reds between 2012 and 2015.

He scored eight times and made eight assists in the 2018-19 season with reports in Italy suggesting the player himself now wants a move.

Suso has earned five caps for Spain, most recently playing in the 4-0 win over Faroe Islands in September.


Pellegrini remains entirely confident

Manuel Pellegrini remains entirely confident that the Hammers will soon be making their way back up the table over the next few weeks.

And he has been repeating an early mantra that he will not fail at West Ham despite a string of seriously poor performances by the team.

The man certainly refuses to panic and according to highly placed sources in the club he has been handing out assurances to the people who matter that all will be well.

We were told by an insider on the phone: “Manuel is a very cool customer privately and publicly – he has also made it very clear to those in charge that there is no reason to over-react.

He is a very articulate man and totally unmoved by social media stuff – he is highly experienced and has been emphatic that all will be well.”

He has been spending much time with Roberto who, whilst disappointed with his form, remains entirely confident that he will recover to top form as the Hammers look at a tricky run of form.

Our source said: “He’s determined to get on top of things and although he has had a hand in several of the goals he is yet to be beaten in one on ones at various times.

“His confidence has taken a bit of a bashing but he remains strong and is determined to get things right.”

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Stick with us for TODAY’S real news!

With so many issues requiring serious consideration at West Ham right now I was a little surprised to find an event in 1942 being brought to my attention when I drifted onto the official site a little earlier.

Under the header ‘On this Day’ – a convenient label to have available when there’s nothing to report – I discovered the names of people I had no clue had ever played for the club.

There’s Sergeant Corbett and Sergeant Barrett for starters who were part of a team that played against Millwall 77 years ago when the Hammers won 7-5.

All very nice and presumably a reminder that Remembrance Day has just passed as it nestled on what is described as a News Page where you could also be regaled with possible Xmas presents and a reminder that 53 years ago West Ham won the World Cup!!!

In order you are not misled into believing that this is latest news and for those in a hurry here’s a reminder of the main headlines of the day as reported by CandH – stick with us, first with the news:

Pelle faces winter window cash restraint


Forgotten Iron set for Wembley tonight

Pellegrini set to stick with Roberto


Hammers second in sustainability table

West Ham have been judged to be joint second in sustainability of all twenty Premier League clubs.

The Hammers scored 7.5 out of 8 putting them second place along side Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion.

Electricity provider to London Stadium is from 100% renewable resource.

No parking available, public transport advocated.

Plastic straws, stirrers & cutlery removed from operations & nine water fountains installed across London Stadium to encourage refill. Trialling reusable cup, part of #passonplastic

Operates zero-waste-to-landfill status, sending all plastic, cardboard, wood, paper, aluminium, pallets and ink cartridges for recycling & all food waste to anaerobic digester.

95% of the stadium’s urinals are waterless, all podium toilets & landscape irrigation supplied by reclaimed water. Sinks have sensor activated taps or percussion cap taps.

Vegan burgers and pies available.

The only area West Ham were marked down on is having no sustainability or environmental page on the club website, some information communicated in club news and through third party websites as stadium being owned by LLDC.

Source: https://www.sportpositivesummit.com/epl-sustainability-table-westhamunited/





Ginge reckons Hammers made him the man he is

James Collins has admitted that moving to West Ham made him the man he has become and agreed that he “threw his toys out of the pram a little bit” when it came to the time to leave.

However, he has revealed  he has now had a conversation with the club and it looks likely he will go back to the club and finally say goodbye to the fans.

The Ginger Pele remains one of the most popular players to don the claret and blue over recent years and there’s some who reckon, given our defensive frailties right now, he could still do a job!

He’s had a lot to say about his departure from the club and gain detailed the events which led up to it on talkSPORT and how he was disappointed that he was never able to say that proper farewell to us.

It’s a well known train of events now and the club has accepted a farewell will happen which is an admission that maybe it could have all been better handled.

After joining the Hammers in 2005 from Cardiff, Collins went on to make 214 appearances across two spells at the club.

Then following a three year spell  at Aston Villa, the Wales international returned to play a major role under Sam Allardyce after the club returned to the Premier League in 2012.

Talking to talkSPORT he said: “With my contract situation, it was tough for me because I couldn’t go to [David] Moysey and ask if he knew – because he didn’t know if he was going to be there.

“So it was all sort of thrown up in the air and then obviously the games are going on and then it came up to the last game at Everton.


“And I still didn’t know so I spoke to Mark Noble, one of my best mates in football, and I said before the game, ‘look, this could be my last game for West Ham’.

“And it turns out it was and then I obviously got told after that I wouldn’t be taken on.

“I spoke to David Sullivan, he’s answered a few of my emails. It was more to the fact that I wanted to go in training at the start of last season.

“And he agreed and that’s when I sort of got the move to Ipswich on the back of that.

“Looking back, there was all this talk about an email I got to say I was leaving.

“It wasn’t a direct email; it was sort of the generic email that goes around when you’re out of contract.

“But I didn’t know that at the time so I’ve got this email through and sort of threw my toys out of the pram a little bit.

“After 11 years I thought it could have sort of been handled better than it was.”

“But I’ve spoke to the club since in the weeks just gone and it looks like I’m going to get a chance to go back and speak to the fans.

“I don’t think a testimonial will happen to be honest; too much has passed for that now.

“But West Ham is a massive part of my life; I went there when I was 21, a bit wet behind the ears when I moved up to London and it sort of made me the player and the man I am.

“So there’s a lot of people at that club I would like to thank.


Kemp admits Hammers “weren’t at it”

West Ham under 21s were beaten for the thrid time this season at Exeter last night and with the defeat went the chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Leasing.com Trophy.

The west country air certainly didn’t suit the boys as they went down to a 3-1 defeat in at has otherwise been a quite outstanding campaign.

The Hammers fell behind in the ninth minute to a direct goal from Joel Randall and, despite Joe Powell’s penalty levelling the scores in the 18th minute we were always on the back foot against the League Two side.

The Grecians sealed the game through goals from Jordan Tillson’s 78th-minute header and Randall’s 88th-minute on a night when the boys weren’t really themselves.

However, to put the game into context given we were playing a strong League sides, lead coach Dmitri Halajko and the boys can take credit from their performances in the competition generally.

Afterwards Dan Kemp declared:  “As we’ve always said, we win together and we lose together as a team, and I think generally we just weren’t at it tonight.

“I think we can take a lot of good lessons away from the game. There were a lot of things to learn from, especially for the young boys who have only recently been part of the group – for some of them it was their first taste of Leasing.com Trophy football.

“We weren’t our usual selves, and they deserved their win because we didn’t play well enough. Unfortunately we never really had a grip of the game. Everyone could have done better including myself – it’s just one to move on from.”

He added: “As a group we’ve had a fantastic season so far. Hopefully, this is just a blip, and we’ll be back into the form that we’ve shown throughout the season.

“We’re always a team that’s looking to move forwards, and we’ve got some great players and great staff here, so we’ll pick ourselves up and go again in the league.”

West Ham United U23s continue their league campaign at home to Aston Villa on Friday 22 November; kick-off is at 7pm at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

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Forgotten Iron set for Wembley tonight

Hammers forgotten man Sead Haksabanovich could show us what we may have been missing when Montenegro take on England at Wembley this evening.

The near £3 million Hammers signing looks likely to get a run out for his national team in an attacking midfield role which could see him come into direct opposition with Declan Rice.

Sead was loaned out to Malaga last summer but after failing to get more than a few minutes playing time had the deal  cut short by Mario Husillos and was moved on to Swedish club IFK Norrköping.

He has since returned to Rush Green after a highly successful season  but is not seen as a player scrapping for a place in the Hammers set-up at this stage.

In fact he is fully expected to return to Sweden when the new season opens in April although the Hammers boss and his backroom staff have been keen to take a look at him in training at Rush Green.

Now the rest of us may have to chance when the match gets underway.


Fitness boost for the Irons

Jack Wilshere is back in training and could be available for the clash with Spurs on November 23 at the London Stadium.

Wilshere has been missing from the squad since the 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park but – barring further setbacks – could be available for a place in the squad for the London derby.

The midfielder has been sidelined since but we were told today that he is now back in training and could be considered for the game.

With Mark Noble likely to be unavailable, although there a re hopes he will make the bench, and Manu Lanzini out for a minimum of eight weeks there are hopes that the 27 year old can remaon fit over the international break.

A source told us on the ‘phone: “We can only keep our fingers crossed give the injury record but as things stand at the moment he could well be able to play a part in the game.”

And he added: “Lukasz Fabianski remain on course to be fit at the start of January – anything sooner would be a real bonus.”


No mystery over Masuaku absence

A club insider has insisted that there is no mystery over the absence of Arthur Masuaku from the match day squad for Burnley.

Despite having no recognised left back replacement over the weekend Masuaku was missing from the bench again last Saturday leading to speculation he had fallen out with the manager. He was also missing from the match day squad against Newcastle United and Sheffield United at the London Stadium making his absence from the squad the third in a row.

Masuaku last appeared in the match day squad at Goodison Park during October when the Hammers lost 2-0 to Everton with the left back starting and playing the full ninety minutes.

Over the summer Masuaku has signed an extension to his contract with the Club until the summer of 2024 which surprised many.

Claret and Hugh have been informed there are no injury problems with Masuaku who is included in the international squad for DR Congo and likely to start against Gabon tonight. We have been told his exclusion from the match day squad is purely a manager selection decision based on form and tactics.