Vote of confidence rings of board bravado

GoldandsullivanSo finally comes the dreaded vote of confidence aimed at quietening down the speculation over Slaven’s future.

There’s only one flaw in the thinking… it usually creates exactly the opposite reaction and we can assume that the discussion over our much-liked manager will now gain even more pace.

Claiming – as the statement does – to have “100 per cent faith” in the boss when you have just seen the gap narrow at the bottom to six points after being beaten by the 18th placed team is a bit of bravado which reads well but convinces nobody.

Yes, of course we are all looking for a shock win or point on Wednesday at Arsenal and another 3 points at the weekend but I don’t think any of us have “100 per cent confidence” that will actually happen.

I’ve never fully understood votes of confidence unless you are a total cynic and believe the board has issued it to ensure we all know that the end is nigh!

It would be so West Ham for us to beat Arsenal and Swansea and I have been around the Irons block too many times to discount anything.

But a vote of confidence? I’m afraid it does nothing for me… only a couple of wins or minimum of five points from the next three games will do that.

Let’s finish this on a positive note. We may only be six points off the bottom but we are also only three off ninth place!

So are we half full or half empty – you can make up your own minds.



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6 comments on “Vote of confidence rings of board bravado

  1. In spite of now looking down as well as up, I would expect the s__t to stay level until the end of the season, instead of flowing downwards.

    Some managers who received the voc and whose bank balance were soon bolstered:
    Brendan Rodgers – 2 months
    Roberto Mancini – 2 months
    Jose Mourinho – 2 months
    Louis van Gaal – 1 month
    Tim Sherwood – 10 days
    Kenny Dalgleish – 1 month
    Kenny Jackett – 4 days
    Claudio Ranieri – 16 days


  2. Why try and make more of the boards statement than there is. Taken at face value they know Slav is being put under pressure from the constant speculation and have just moved to try and take the pressure off. Its a good clear statement and i applaud them for coming out with it. It changes nothing about what they do at the end of the season.

  3. What would be the statement if we are in the bottom three in a months time ?? .
    It’s not enough to say ” we are West Ham ” , it’s the west ham way , anymore .
    As fans it surely can’t be enough to be constantly surviving the Premiership . It seems like we are forever accepting our fate … we’ll Bol.o.ks to that . Any supporter that is always happy to see us surviving or finishing mid-table is empty of ambition ., just jogging along .
    I celebrated my 65th birthday this weekend , and TBH it was Great . Apart from , you know what .!.
    Got a nice YoYo and a card . Cheers Dave . Love you loads . The humour don’t stop but dreams shouldn’t stop either . It wouldn’t upset me to see Bilic walk in all honesty .

  4. We all have ambition but at the moment it’s crazy to sack Slav when there’s no one viable out there to replace him with!

  5. The glass half ull arguement does quite stack up mate. Of those teams between us and 9th. One has 3 games in hand, the rest have a game in hand plus one below has a game in hand could be 9 points behind 9th and 4 or 5 points behind those above. Our pint has a bit of froth in it too be honest. Will we and Slav survive I’m not sure but the board scout and slaven all bear responsibility on top of our bad luck

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