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Slav keeps his anger under control – JUST!

I really wouldn’t have wanted to be a West Ham player this evening given the clear mood of Slaven Bilic when he appeared before the cameras. After missing a very big opportunity on the south coast this was one very unhappy Croat who whilst refusing to point fingers looked like a man who’s lost a […]

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Shoddy Hammers fail against Saints ten men

There’s little point in beating around the bush…that was a poor performance with the team finally paying the price for a shoddy start which is becoming as much a feature of the season as the big away victories. The first half – as it has been on many occasions this season – was a total […]

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Saints v Irons Half Time analysis

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Hammers fingers crossed for Koeman ‘curse’

It would be pitching it too high to claim that Slaven Bilic is on a revenge mission at Southampton. But missing out to Ronald Koeman as January’s manager of the month earlier this month gives a nice little ‘grudge match’ plot to the game at St Mary’s. Co chairman David Gold mind you looks at […]

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Payet due for take-off again at St Mary’s

By his own remarkable standard Dimi Payet may have been off the pace over the last couple of games. He had little impact at Liverpool and was again struggling to make his usual enormous presence felt against Aston Villa on Tuesday evening. However, I expect him to shine tonight and a return to his best […]

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Leroy on the Saints Austin Factor

It’s going to be very interesting to see whether Ronald Koeman goes with Charlie Austin this evening. I understand the former QPR striker is fit and given the long reported on/off transfer history with West Ham it could be a fascinating sub plot. It’s a game we really will enjoy. I know that for a fact […]

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Upton Park to be ‘star’ of Hollywood blockbuster

Upton Park stadium is to become the main ‘set’ for a new Hollywood action movie. According to The Sun it will become the ‘main focus’ of  movie based on armed criminals holding 35,000 people hostage at a sporting venue for ransom. Hmmmm! Filming is reportedly due to take place at the end of the season before […]

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Koeman claims Carroll makes it difficult

Saints boss Ronald Koeman does not believe the clash against us tonight is anyay a European football decider. He has enormous respect for the Irons having come out of the Upton Park match a a 2-1 loser a little over a month but says  it’s far too early to think in terms of deciders with […]

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Zarate claims Irons was a well paid mistake

MAURO ZARATE has revealed that his move to West Ham was a well paid mistake. Zarate split opinion in a big way among the fans but was wished all to sucess in the world by club offiials on Twitter when clinching his move to Fiorentina. Now he has declared that life at Upton park was […]

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Hammers Chat talk Saints v Irons

The Hammers Chat boys are back with their preview of tomorrow evening’s game against Saints. Good stuff from the lads. Share This:

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Fans respond to Slav’s OS ‘big club’ warning

Slaven Bilic has made it clear: A huge stadium in itself is no key to success and it certainly doesn’t mean West Ham Unite will have arrived. He reckons that will only happen when the club enters Europe adding: ” ‘I don’t even know which division Billericay are in but I remember when I was playing […]

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No problems between Valencia and Slav

Slaven Blic has turned a blind eye to Enner Valencia’s “demonstration of passion” when being subbed five minutes from the end of the 2-0 win over Aston Villa. We had suggested in a blog last night that the striker may pay a heavy price for what looked like a fit of pique but we were […]

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Hammers try to help fans but big clubs win

Premier League chairmen yesterday failed to give any help to away fans by pegging the price of tickets at £30. The 20  clubs, despite being awash with money over the next three seasons (£5.1bn domestic and £3bn overseas), were divided by an 11/9 vote in favour at the end of the travelling away fans debate which took […]

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Slav refuses to buy into OS myth

Slaven Bilic has again warned against the fanciful idea that a big stadium makes you a big club. For months – with some justification – the club has been singing the OS praises and YES it will be terrific. But the idea that in itself it can make us into the club we has always […]

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Bilic misses out

Slaven Bilic has failed to make the top two in the January Manager of the Month competition. The Irons boss was nominated with winner Ronald Koeman, runner-up Mauricio Pochettino and Manchester City’s Manuel Pelligrini. Koeman has been credited for having won three out four league games in the first month of 2016 – finishing off […]

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Amazing success story surpasses expectations

It’s often worthwhile taking a long look back at possibly unpromising situations and working out how they led us to a place of unexpected high achievement. Two issues have prompted this thought – a column from the Mirror’s excellent Darren Lewis which I happened upon this morning and the fact that Slaven Bilic’s predecessor returns […]

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Valencia may live to regret crossing Slav

The next few days may  show us precisely how Slaven Blic deals with confrontation! We’ve had a taste of it via Morgan Amalfitino who, having crossed swords with the boss, found himself down the road faster than you can pronounce his surname. Since then it’s been all sweetness and light until Enner Valencia lost it […]

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Club thank fans after replay ticket chaos

West Ham this afternoon reacted to angry fans who had been held on line trying to book tickets for the FA Cup replay clash with Liverpool by thanking them for their patience. But it did little to calm fans who had seen the club’s ticket buying operation go into meltdown as fans tried to get […]

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Noble could face Testimonial headache

A growing clamour for Mark Noble to be brought into the England fold could leave the captain and club with a major headache next month . Noble was put forward as a candidate for international honours by almost every BT Sport pundit after his brilliant performance against Aston Villa on Tuesday evening. Both Glenn Hoddle […]

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Hammers warn on mega spending summer

West Ham have warned fans against thoughts they may have a major club spending spree this summer. With talk of 20 goal striker and £20 million purchases grabbing the headlines a top insider has warned that much of last summer’s spending was made against loans that need to be paid back. The club are set […]

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Noble tells club to control expectations

Mark Noble has made it clear the club has to manage carefully the growing expectations among the fans as the players continue to ride the crest of a wave. Already thoughts are turning firmly to Europe as the club maintain sixth position with matches against top placed sides still to come. Noble understands the current […]

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Slav checks out strikers

Slaven Bilic has made it clear no decision has been made about Emanuelle Emenike’s involvement against Southampton. The Fenerbahce frontman arrived in east London only yesterday afternoon after earning a work permit which meant he missed the 2-0 win over Villa. Bilic – speaking at his morning press conference – declared: “Emenike arrived yesterday after […]

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Song’s contract chances – the fans react

Alex Song’s West Ham future remains in the balance after his return from injury. The on-loan Barcelona midfielder has slowly been coming back to form and here ClretandHugh’s Facebook forum @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/363174467150521/  members pass judgement on his latest display against Villa O I really think he’s back to his best after going missing for a […]

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Boleyn a fortress as we prepare to leave!

Mark Noble may not have realised it but his words following the match against Villa were hugely ironic. After his own massive performance the skipper Nobes commented:  “We’re making this a tough place to come and play.” In itself that may not men too much to many but the unbeaten record does indeed to back […]

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Barca showpiece OS opener looks non starter

Hopes that Barcelona would agree to playing a pre-season friendly at the Olympic Stadium took a knock this morning as negotiations with the Catalan giants founder. Reports arose yesterday evening that  the opening fixture at the Olympic Stadium could be ” an amazing pre-season friendly against the mighty Barcelona.” And it’s true that the club have been […]

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Noble for England debate – Irons fans react

Robbie Savage re-opened the Mark Noble for England debate during the captain’s outstanding performance against Aston Villa. The former Wales international turned BT Sports pundit was mightily impressed with Nobes and called for him to be included in a Roy Hodgson squad sooner rather than later. But do the Irons fans who see the captain […]

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