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Slav aims for a big mood change

Slaven Bilic has admitted the club’s image has and is suffering as a result of the continuing controversies surrounding the London Stadium declaring:  “It doesn’t help.” But he plans to do his best to lift the mood over the club in the only way he can – by winning games. Asked if he was concerned about […]

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Noble set to ruin his big pal’s day!

Mark Noble is ready to become the  neighbour from hell when he clashes with his big buddy James Tomkins tomorrow (Sat). Afer 15 years as team-mates the pair – who even live on the same road – will be on opposing sides for the first time as professionals at Selhurst Park. Noble said: “It will […]

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Slav set to forsake safety first policy

Slaven Bilic looks set to forsake his normal safety first policy and throw Aaron Cresswell straight into the action at Slhurst Park tomorrow evening. The manager has generally re-introduced previously injured players slowly but seems in no mood to do that as the team looks for a big lift against Palace. He explained: that Creswell has […]

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Hammers monitoring Chelsea striker

West Ham were tonight refusing to rule out a January loan move for summer target Michy Batshuayi The Belgian international was a Hammers target or a long time but after reportedly lodging a £38 million bid were hijacked by Chelsea nearing deadline day. Now speculation has arisen that the Irons could go in for the young […]

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Video: Palace Preview

Two weeks that have seemed like a lifetime are about to come to an end with our trip to Selhurst Park for the 5pm Saturday fixture. Perhaps a rest was what the team and the fans needed but the international break has been like the death of a thousand cuts as the media have taken […]

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Slav has a ‘barnet ‘ job!

They do say that when things are really rubbish getting your hair done is one answer. Now far be it from us to suggest that manager Slaven Bilic has been involved in such an exercise but he certainy appears to have undergone a bit of hair growth. Remember the brutal barnet he exhibited back in […]

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Chris Coleman gives “crazy” Slav verdict

Chris Coleman has told West Ham they would be “crazy” to sack Slaven Bilic. Talking on the Premier League Show: “If you look at Slaven he has managed big clubs, he has managed his country, he has been in tournaments. I think West Ham would be crazy to even think about going down that road. […]

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Noble: ” If you can’t support West Ham through times like this then why support us at all?

Mark Noble has told the fans that players care a lot more about results than many of them may imagine. Speaking at a time when our results could hardly be worse the Hammers captain told  Soccer Saturday: “A lot of fans around the country and I’m not just talking West Ham fans, think that: ‘Oh […]

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Ill-timed Sinclair opinions show little logic

Trevor Sinclair has decided to open a managerial can of worms ahead of the Crystal Palace match ths week when pointing the finger of blame for recent results directly at Slav. Having taken time to think about what he said I come to the conclusion that in terms of logic his comments really don’t have […]

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Slav claims “night out an old story now!”

Slaven Bilic hasn’t completed his investigation into the player’s infamous night out but promises players will be punished if he finds them guilty of wrong doing. Despite the event taking place nearly two  weeks ago with an international break in between times the manager claims he hasn’t yet estalished the facts declaring bizarrely: “I can’t […]

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Bilic at pains to stress his Tomkins position

Slaven Bilic has again been t pains to reveal that he didn’t want to see James Tomkins leave the club. The big central defender is set to come up against the Irons for the first time since his £10 million departure on Saturday and the manager made it clear the departure was not his doing. […]

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Bilic claims we have optimism and belief

Slaven Bilic has brushed off suggestions that the London Stadium is responsbile for the team’s awful start to the season. And he has claimed that he would far sooner be meeting Crystal Palace at home this weekend than having to travel to Selhurst Park. Speaking at his presser ahead of the game he said: “The […]

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Payet: Fans ready for the worst

Tony Cottee believes there’s a chance Dimitri Payet will soon be on his way from the Hammers in pursuit of medals. The former Hammers striker makes it clear he really doens’t want it to happen but believes the two Manchester options represent a serious option. Here’s how ClaretandHugh Facebook forum members @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/363174467150521/ responded to TC’s comments. […]

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Sinclair points finger at Slav

Trevor Sinclair has ointed the fingr straight at criticised Slaven Bilic for the club’s disappointing start to the new season. And speaking on The Premier League show he insists if West Ham don’t start picking up points quickly, the move to the London Stadium could prove disastrous. Sinclair said: ‘It’s clear West Ham are not […]

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Hammers issue injury update

Andy Carroll nd Diafra Sakho – despite hopeful noises from inside the club – aren’t ready for the weekend game at Palace although Jonathon Calleri is now back in full training offering at least one fresh front line option. Giving his latest update on the injured players the club’s head medic Stijn Vandenbroucke says: Aaron Cresswell, Havard […]

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Hammers facing huge challenge

West Ham have allocated 5,200 tickets for their EFL Cup visit to the London Stadium ahead of their biggest security challenge at the London Stadium yet. They are facing their first serious grudge match this season as they prepare for the fourth round of the EFL Cup a week on Wednesday. Under competition rules, away […]

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Report: Irons defender mocks new deal talk

Reece Oxford is tonight (Thurs) being reported as having scoffed at suggestions he is close to signing a new contract at West Ham. The young Hammer took to social media to laugh off speculation he is likely to pen fresh terms. Having seen the reports, the 17-year-old tweeted: ‘Been hearing some funny stuff recently’. And […]

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Photos: Boleyn Ground diggers move in

The diggers have moved into the Boleyn Ground today to begin the proper demolition of West Ham’s old ground. West Ham’s former stadium was initially purchased by Gallaird homes from West Ham for a reported £38m but it was later sold on to residential property developers Barratt London in August. Herts based company Rye demolition […]

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New poll result on whether the Davids should stay

A new poll asking West Ham fans whether they want David Sullivan and David Gold to remain at the helm has produced another result which backs the current owners. ClaretandHugh ran its own a week ago and the Davids were clear cut winners with over 80 per cent declaring their vote in favour of the […]

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Cottee believes Payet could be on the move

Tony Cottee believes that Dimi Payet could be lured away from the Hammers. Despite insisting Payet is happy in London, Cottee believes the chance of winning trophies could tempt the Frenchman away from the club. “First and foremost, I know Dimitri’s happy at the club. His family’s settled in London, he’s got a huge contract […]

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Turks shocked “at meteoric fall of Tore”

An interesting article on what is described as the “meteoric fall of Gokhan Tore from being a cult figure among Besiktas fans to the laughing stock of the East End” has appeared on the Turkish website http://www.turkish-football.com It starts by claiming: “Bilic is the reason Tore joined over the summer. The Hammers head coach wanted his star man […]

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Samuelsen ‘warning’ for Blackburn

West Ham are keen to see Martin Samuelsen get a run of games with his loan club Blackburn Rovers after his goalscoring international apparance against San Marino for Norway last night. The exciting youngster has managed just three appearances for Rovers who are currently in an identical Championship position to the Irons in the PL […]

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West Ham ownership analysed!

With the international break meaning slow news day after slow news day (we know that problem!) the Daily Mail has chosen to publish a couple of space filling features: ‘The world’s Top 100 Players‘ and now ‘Who owns your Club?’ Here’s their appraisal of West Ham: Owners: David Sullivan – 51%; David Gold – 35.1%; CB […]

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Big welcome for the Irons Ladies

Karren Brady has welcomed the decision to take West Ham Ladies into the club’s family and she said it was a solution “my board have long sought.” She said: “”Not only does it secure the long term future of the Ladies’ side, but also guarantees that current and future supporters, players and staff of the […]

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Tinkerman Slav’s player changes grow and grow

Injuries and loss of form have seen Slaven Biic play 20 different players in his first team since the start of the season – only two less than Sunderland. The decision to shuffle the options so regularly are the sign of a struggling team and only four players – Adrian, Mark Noble, Cheik Kouyate and Michail […]

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Italian outfits eye Zaza!

Simone Zaza could be at the centre of a tug of war between Valencia and Naples should West Ham choose to close hs loan deal in January. The Italy international from Juventus has been in a shocking form and ClaretandHugh reported a few days ago that the Irons could end his stay in the next […]

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