West Ham becoming club we have waited years to see


By Hughie Southon

As the dreaded international break comes to an end it’s worth looking at what has happened to our club over the last year.

We lost our beloved co chairman DG, won the Conference, lifted ourselves out of Premier League bother and went into the summer after one of the most crowded programmes one can ever remember in the football calendar.

Interrupted by the crazily positioned World Cup – there are even some who want that to become a yearly event – PLEASE NO, the clubs had a shorter summer break and one imagined we would come back perhaps more tired than usual.

Declan left and we were all deeply concerned about what the reaction would be among a squad.

The transfer business started slowly but after Tim Steidten came in, things picked up better than we have ever seen amid the usual rumours of discontent within the club when new things take place.

Remembering that David Sullivan has lost his lifelong business partner, to introduce so much radical change so successfully, was a pretty remarkable achievement.

The man has done extraordinarily well at a time of deep sadness and has started to turn this into the club we have all wanted to see for many years.

No longer is West Ham United the outsider” of the London clubs – we are in there pitching so congratulations to all concerned – DS, David Moyes, the technical director, Mark Noble, squad , everyone from the chairman downwards.

This is quite a time to be a Hammer – all that remains for now is to beat Manchester City!

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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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