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We need more Irons gloating time – just enjoy the moment


By CandH’s top blogger Allen Cummings


Let’s just savour the moment for a little while longer. Let’s all just sit down quietly to take stock of what David Moyes and his team have just done!

From a position of almost total despair, just two games and two defeats into Project Restart, Moyes has skilfully guided his team to safety – with one game to spare. In fact safety was all but assured with two games to spare, following the comprehensive victory over Watford.

But the point taken on the road at Old Trafford dotted the I’s and crossed the t’s and put the icing firmly on the cake.

David Moyes has taken a team seemingly in disarray – courtesy of possibly the most expensive mistake in our club’s history, the catastrophic appointment of Manuel Pellegrini – and  has fashioned a new team that is now full of confidence, full of belief and actually look as if they have rediscovered the joy of playing football again.

Moyes and his players deserve to enjoy the moment – just as we all are right now – they’ve earned it. But the manager will know there is further work to do if he is to build on the platform he has now given himself, and our club.

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He’s already being told he needs to invest – to find additions to, or replacements for, older and longer serving players at the club. It’s nothing he doesn’t know himself already. But there has to be a sense of reality from us fans.

Football is a whole new ball game (pun intended) to what it was prior to Covid. Such is the financial damage inflicted on clubs, money simply won’t be available as it was before, certainly not for clubs outside the big six. West Ham, and other teams like us, are likely to have to operate on much tighter budgets in the near future.

Anyone calling for our board to splash the cash, as if nothing has changed, are living in a different universe to the rest of us. Besides we’ve seen the evidence of making ‘marque’ signings – it’s hardly been a roaring success.

The introduction of Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen has shown what can be done. They, and players like them, are the way forward for us. There are bound to be those who disagree – there always are at this club.

They will trot out the old claim we’re shopping in the bargain basement again– penny-pinching as usual. The noisy minority are always keen to have their say. Let them – it’s what makes them happy. I have every confidence David Moyes will do what’s right for this club – and he’ll do it without their help.

Right now though most right-minded West Ham supporters will be happy to bask just a little longer in the satisfaction of a job well done. Let’s afford ourselves a little more gloating time for goodness sake.

Let’s enjoy the moment and watch fans of Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth squirm just a little longer – and be thankful to Moyes and the boys for ensuring that it’s not us!

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

7 comments on “We need more Irons gloating time – just enjoy the moment

  1. I think this is a really good article, and yes its been horrible, and yes pellegrini had his first crash and burn in a long career at west ham (what made us different to all his other clubs).

    But I really do differ on the idea of gloating.

    Gloating is winning something, gloat comes if we finish top club in London, gloat is twerking the tails of a top club. But escaping relegation with a game to go isn’t gloat. Its relief and wondering how we ever spent so much, was promised more and achieved so little.

    Fortunes always hiding , until she stops , lets not gloat

  2. Perfect! Sums up exactly how I feel and I will gloat some more!

  3. Talking to friends who support other clubs all say we look good, which for me means that we are doing ok.
    Not through my glasses, we should have beat Newcastle and Burnley as well which would make the change look spectacular.
    I do hope we put Villa down, they have very wealthy owners who will go again this year, so take them out now.
    Let’s hope we go for it.
    I agree we’ve tried expensive overseas players, very few have worked when we have spent big, let’s play clever, use the youngsters more and keep a manager for longer than a season.

    • Yep, over the years, we have had the opportunity to relegate clubs in our peer group, like Everton and Newcastle and passed up the chance .. Villa are on a similar level, size wise, so let’s set them back a bit! ..

    • What Dave said.

  4. Pellegrini may well have been the most expensive mistake in our history; but the most catastrophic, in my opinion, was Avram Grant.

  5. Well said!

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