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Idle thoughts on Watford FC

The last week has seen so much press and television coverage of the arrival of David Moyes as Hammers’ manager that it is easy to forget that the new man and his entourage have still to make their managerial debuts at the London Stadium. The Watford game would have had great significance even with Slaven Bilic still at the helm, so how much more so now, with all eyes focussed so intently, …

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Idle Thoughts on the Managerial Merry-Go-Round

In reporting the sacking of Slaven Bilic, the ‘East London & West Essex Guardian’ noted that David Moyes was likely ‘to become just the Hammers’ 16th boss in 117 years’. The 15 previous managers have enjoyed an average of a little under 8 years in charge at West Ham, but, whilst mathematically correct, that figure does not give an accurate picture of the reality. Did any of those fifteen managers actually have anything in the region of eight years at the Hammers’…

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‘The owners have a lot to answer for’ – West Ham’s Moyes appointment is not what fans deserve

David Moyes is the manager of West Ham United and there’s nothing we can do about it. The last 48 hours have been very difficult to take but how many of you can say you’re surprised. We’re back in familiar territory, in the bottom three and fighting for our Premier League status, but this time […]

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The 12 minutes that should give Bilic no choice but to make West Ham decision

One debate that has been on the lips of many West Ham fans so far this season is whether Aaron Cresswell should be permanently replaced with Arthur Masuaku in the starting XI. Cresswell hasn’t been at his best since that injury he picked in pre-season last summer and he has really struggled to be the […]

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Tactics: How West Ham must approach huge clash v Swansea

West Ham return to the London Stadium on Saturday for a crucial encounter against Swansea City. Despite a late second half resurgence, the Hammers lost a gallant fight against a rampant Spurs side last weekend. As disappointing as it appeared, there were some good points to be taken from the defeat. The back three looked […]

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Idle Thoughts on Wembley

When I was complaining to my namesake James, in my local Paddy Power shop, about the Carabao Cup draw against Tottenham, he responded by pointing out that at least we’ll get to Wembley! Ah yes, Wembley. I’ve never been to the new Wembley, and it’s well over 30 years since I last went to the old Wembley. Suffering as I do from claustrophobia, I found any journey on the Underground to be…

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Live Blog: West Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers: Carabao Cup Round Three

19:15 PM: Welcome to The London Stadium for our Live Blog of tonight’s Carabao Cup Third Round clash with Bolton Wanderers. 19:20 PM: We will start by going over the two lineups this evening. West Ham United: Adrian (GK), Sam Byram, Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Arthur Masuaku, Mark Noble (C), Sead Haksabanovic, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andre Ayew, Marko Arnautovic, Diafra Sakho. Bolton Wanderers: Mark Howard (GK), Andrew Taylor, Dorian Dervite, Mark Beevers, Antonee Robinson, Aaron Wilbraham, Darren Pratley (C), Jeff King, Filipe…

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Idle Thoughts: The No. 7 Shirt

Watching the game last Monday evening, I found myself thinking back to one of my favourite players of the 1960s, Alan Sealey. Sealey came to West Ham from Leyton Orient in March, 1961, in an exchange deal which involved Dave Dunmore going the other way. At the time, it seemed a strange arrangement. Dunmore was an experienced centre-forward who scored 16 goals in 36 appearances for the Hammers. At one point in…

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Idle thoughts on the transfer window (and how football coped perfectly well without it)

There has been comment in the press recently suggesting that some managers would like the summer transfer window to be adjusted so that it closes before the new season is upon us. This seems to me to be a very logical proposal. Preparing for the first game of a season must surely be the top priority at any club, big or small, and continuing speculation as to transfers, in or out, cannot fail …

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Southampton’s Charlie Austin crushes West Ham’s 10-man fightback

Charlie Austin snatched a stoppage-time winner from the penalty spot as Southampton beat 10-man West Ham United. Austin sent Joe Hart the wrong way as Mauricio Pellegrino clinched his first win as Southampton manager in dramatic crescendo. After going two goals behind, Javier Hernández had rolled back the years with two poachers finishes to very nearly get the Hammers off the hook. Southampton had sailed into a two-goal lead, thanks to Manolo Gabbiadini and a Dusan Tadic penalty, before West…

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The West Ham U21s who have done more than enough to earn a first team thumbs up from Bilic

West Ham United endured a frankly embarrassing start to the season when they slumped to a 4-0 loss against Manchester United. The Hammers were never really in the game and severely missed the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Cheikhou Kouyate and Michail Antonio. One of the few shining lights, though, was the performance of youngster Declan […]

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Mark Lawrenson’s predictions: Southampton vs. West Ham United

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has predicted West Ham to lost this weekend against Southampton. West Ham travel down to the south coast for a 3pm Saturday kick-off as they prepare to take on Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium. The Hammers will be looking to get back to winning ways after a disappointing 4-0 loss […]

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Done Deal: European giants raid West Ham for 27-year-old midfielder

West Ham United have sold Sofiane Feghouli, the club’s official website has confirmed. Sofiane Feghouli leaves West Ham United on a permanent deal as he joins Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray. Feghouli only joined the Hammers last year on a free transfer after leaving Valencia. The 27-year-old played 27 games in total with 21 of […]

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Ian Bishop Exclusive Interview: Part Two: Bish On The Current Situation At West Ham United, The Stadium Move, What The Future Might Bring And More

In part two of our exclusive interview with Hammers Legend Ian Bishop, we chat to the former graceful midfielder about what is currently going on in his world, the Claret & Blue world, what the future holds and much more. During Bishop’s time as a Hammer, he had the pleasure of playing under the so-called Del-Boy of football in manager Harry Redknapp. So, with the 52-year-old witnessing teammates flow in and …

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West Ham agree €3m fee for in-demand international midfielder

West Ham United are closing in on the signing of Sead Haksabanovic, according to ESPN FC. Sources close to ESPN FC believe that the Hammers have won the race to sign the highly rated young midfielder, who has previously attracted attention from the Premier League elite. Sead Haksabanovic plays as an attacking midfielder and currently plies his […]

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Worst XI: The Strikers Part 2 – League Cup debacles and a misfiring Gunner

Emmanuel Omoyinmi 1995-2000, 2 (11) Apps Manny is probably one the most remembered names from the late nineties side but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. A product of the youth team, Manny struggled to establish himself in the team despite his promise. He did score twice against Crystal Palace in 1998 but its final game for the club for which he will be remembered. West Ham were in the midst of quite …

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