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Westley knows he has to start winning

westleyIn the absence of any serious news on the first team front – let’s turn our attention to the thoughts of Academy manager Terry Westley’s slow seasonal start.

There seems to be a view among some, that a totally win-less start to the season, isn’t a necessary requirement of Development squad (reserve team) football.

It really is very hard to agree with such a cack-handed view of things. We play games to win and both confidence and ability can fade if you are constantly being beaten.

No youngster comes off a pitch thinking: ‘Oh well hammered again but never mind I learned some stuff today.’ Doesn’t happen!

As we reported the other day Terry has now been handed a spanking new contract and his comments on the official site this morning don’t begin to hint at losing being an option. Quite the opposite.

Among some of the comments he makes to www.whufc.com he says: “We’ve now played six games, and in those games we’ve led seven times yet not held on to win.

“The team is going from a 9/10 performance to a 5/10 in periods of the game. We’re making some poor decisions which are letting teams back into games.  We have to be more resolute and we might just have to win a game 1-0 to get that monkey off our backs.”

“I half wish we had a game to get a win and start showing what we’re capable of. We now look forward to a bit of a break in games, where we can really focus on ourselves.”

Terry Westley knows full well football matches are there to be won. The pressure’s on and we are hoping and believing it will be sorted.

So let’s hear no more nonsense about the losing option please!www.whufc.com

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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

5 comments on “Westley knows he has to start winning

  1. You and I Hugh both have a gut feeling about this bloke ,!!!!!!
    I would like to see him replaced asap with a ex player or two,
    I get the impression you don’t rate him too.
    What with all the nepatism talk and all that Rowe stuff !!!
    He ain’t west ham in my book !
    Hope I’m wrong but my instincts are normally founded !!!!!!!

    • Couldn’t agree more Johnboy, results are not the be all and end all of youth / reserve football unless you never win and Westley has overseen 1 and a bit seasons of losing with no tangible result, furthermore players that many thought were good prospects have been released. It was staggering to think that seemingly shrewd businessmen would reward failure with a 5 year contract, perhaps despite their investment they have a 5 year plan to completely dismantle the academy and instead just buy proven players as some other clubs are doing ? Doesn’t on the face of it make any sense but neither does rewarding Westley’s current failures with a 5 year contract.

  2. Well you can only assume that by giving him a five year contract they rate him or know more about the situation than us mere fans do 😀

    • There’s more to it than that , as no body in their right mind would reward failure ? No body !!!
      Its smelly and he’s wafting in his analysys !!
      There’s more to it than meets the eye !!!
      I won’t sit on the fence when I say I do not like the way the Rowe controversy was handled,
      He should have been removed immediately, I mean this guy was. made to attend awareness classes ?? In what we don’t know because it was kept in house,
      It has to be for some sort of bad attitude or abuse ( not sexual ) which should not happen at any level of football , amature and unprofessional behavior by a man held in trust. Maybe the club should come clean on the charge brought before him and take it from there! So we can stop surmising !!!! Maybe Hugh can ask next time he meets the Dave’s !!

      Stinks to me.
      I respect people who help others not help themselves !!!!
      I mean what did they achieve at brum ? that warranted them taking over at our club!!
      Anybody shed any light on them!

  3. I get the smell but don’t have enough information about internal stuff to comment,
    In fact don’t know why I am commenting,
    So no more

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