Fan reaction: West Ham trend downwards


By West Ham Fan No 32

The West Ham trend downwards in performance has been going on for for two and a half years and negative football has no chance of sustaining success. We might have the odd result but the odds are stacked in favour of attacking teams and we are not amongst them.

We have seen that in every team that has won the league for pretty much the last 15 years and most of the 20 before that, the exception being boring Arsenal in the late 80’s early 90’s and Chelsea under Mourinho, though they had different rules.

Most modern managers can coach teams to maintain possession and pass with tempo and we have the players to do that and are useful at holding onto the ball. Paqueta, Benrahma and Emerson show it can be done but beyond those three we aren’t utilising their abilities sufficiently.

That is a tactical failure from David Moyes and if we go ahead he instantly cedes momentum and possession to the side that just conceded, never mind the often lacklustre starts to matches and waiting to concede before having a reaction.

Thanks for the Mr Moyes and the the Conference trophy of course but it’s time to go.



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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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  • Pessimist says:

    The trend is indeed downward. No other club at West Ham’s level would stomach this failure for as long as the West Ham have. I keep hearing folk say Moyes is our best ever Manager. I personally think if some of our other Managers have of had the money that Moyes has wasted they would have done a lot better. Harry Redknapp, proved that he could do a lot with more money at Spurs. So to speak of him in such reverent tones has to be equated with the resources the other Managers had.

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