Startling Brady comment raises the heat


bradySometimes you can only shake an entirely bemused head and ask “WHY?”

Last night many people including ourselves were calling for all the negativity to stop as we focus on giving the team and manager our 100 per cent backing in this rather important game against Swansea.

We continue to call for the same this morning so it was startling to read the comments from Karren Brady in her much vaunted column in – err The Sun.

Ahead of the Arsenal game she had decided it might be interesting to show the Irons punters the display of desserts available at the Emirates for those ‘fortunate’ (my quotation marks) to be among the high and mighty.

I think some of us were a little more interested in the 90 minutes but each to his or her own eh?

This morning it gets worse because after the board gave the manager total backing a move taken to taken solely to remove pressure from him Karren unfortunate choice of words piles it straight back on his shoulders.

Just look at this quote:  “I would be lying if I denied there is growing anxiety. We fully support Slaven and expect him to turn things around. But it’s at moments like this we have to understand football, totally, is a results business.”

In other words: “We hope and pray you get it sorted mate but if not expect the bullet.”

Now none of us are naive be or stupid enough to believe that is not always the case in such circumstances but to say such a thing on the morning of this game in particular does absolutely nothing to help anything or anybody.


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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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  • John Mc says:

    I agree, in that that is a totally unbelievable statement. Its the sort of statement one might expect to hear in a ruthless big company board room, but football is also an art form and one can’t just churn out art, but hopefully the result can be beautiful if worked hard and with subtlety . That comment is about as subtle as a sledgehammer, besides I only listen to experienced people who know what they are talking about, and if Billy Bonds, one of our hardest working, fittest and most talented of former captains and players of over 20 years playing experience when asked commented that he thought that West Ham have more than enough points. I mean I have to agree with Billy, and definitely not Jean, as we do have 33 points. All losing runs have to end sometime. West Ham have only lost 6 games in a row once in the last 50 years, and that was when under Zola in 2010. For heaven’s sake, we do have 7 games left. The last thing I want see is him sacked because of comments from someone like this. I’m sorry Jean but Billy Bonds is far greater testimony than Jean Brady, and don’t worry, he’ll get it right, and he’ll start today for starters, OK? Now how about that 100% from everyone please!! COYI

  • John says:

    Give me a break Hughie!! You are making it an issue by reporting it in a negative light. Football IS a results business, the board have said they support Billic but if he loses the next 8 matches he’s gone in the summer. Frankly if he loses vrs Swansea and Sunderland he might be gone.

    The only thing I’d say about Brady’s comments in that it’s stating the bleeding obvious.

  • ric vespa says:

    Nothing in her statement that isn’t true. Once again you are the ones stirring things up before crucial match.

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