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The clock is ticking for Allardyce

In a galaxy far, far away Vacancies in the Premier League are not exactly hard to come by, and it seems that the majority of these vacancies are filled with managers of top level or Premier League experience. Louis Van Gaal joined Manchester United in the summer having been manager previously of similar calibre clubs: FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich for example. The club buckled at the opportunity to allow Ryan Giggs to build experience and …

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MATCH PREVIEW: Crystal Palace v West Ham

West Ham face another team from London but this time it’s from the South-West of London. Crystal Palace are the opponents. Both teams started off the season with a loss to other London opposition and both teams lost to a last-gasp goal. Injury news: West Ham. – Enner Valencia (Not 100% fit) – Diafra Sakho (Not 100% fit) – Ravel Morrison (Hernia) – Andy Carroll (Ankle) – James Tomkins (Ankle) – Carl Jenkinson (Hamstring) Suspensions: – James Collins (…

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Why does Big Sam choose these players?

Clueless Sam The beginning of the new season comes with fresh doubt over Sam Allardyce’s managerial capability, especially on the subject of the promised “Exciting attacking style of play”. It’s fair to say that the current transfer window filled me with fresh hope that maybe we were about to see a turning point in the boring, slow football that has plagued The Boleyn Ground since Big Sam’s appointment three years ago. Exciting signings such as Mauro Zarate and…

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Key points to take away from the Spurs game

Despite losing to Spurs on Saturday there are still many positives to take from the performance as long as the team keep up that kind of performance up going into the next game. Three players in particular stood out during the game, the first being Stewart Downing. He got quite a lot of criticism last season which wasn’t deserved at all. On Saturday he seemed to be at his best …

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Positives to take away from last Saturday

Positives And so we’ve begun again. Another season. Another slightly new look team. Another last minute defeat at home to Spurs, as has been the case far too many times than is necessary over recent years. Another seemingly long and frustrating year ahead of us watching boring football once more. And the reason for much of this is, unfortunately, not another new manager. Like most fans en route to the ground on Saturday, I had a severe sinking feeling…

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What to do with our Captain?

The Captain In 2011, Kevin Nolan took the step down from Premier League Newcastle to us, the recently relegated West Ham United. For the season, we had a proven goalscorer; a passionate leader and perhaps most importantly a man who could control an often frustrated dressing room. A season of highs and lows ensued and an immense day for 40,000 West Ham fans at Wembley put the icing on the cake. Two years later, what’s changed? Football is an ever-evolving…

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How are West Ham shaping up for the new season?

So to kick us off, I will start with the summer signings thus far. We have brought in young Poyet (Gus’ son) and he looks a very good young player. I fully expect him to be around the first team squad and featuring in cup games etc. definitely one for the future. Next, the two full backs, which I’m over the moon with. Cresswell looks assured on the ball and has the pace and …

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The Schalke Cup

West Ham are visiting Germany for their pre-season tour this weekend. Other teams in this mini tournament are Schalke, Malaga CF and Newcastle United. West Ham will play two matches over two days whilst they’re out in Germany. One match against Malaga CF and another match against Schalke, so an encounter versus Newcastle United was given a wide birth. Youth players such as Elliot Lee and Leo Chambers have both flown …

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West Ham complete full back signing

West Ham have signed Arsenal right-back and England international Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan. West Ham pipped other Premier League clubs to the signature of the right-back, which is a delightful signing considering his age, the club he came from and his desire to succeed at any level in football. Arsenal have allowed Carl Jenkinson to join the Hammers on a season-long loan as they have signed Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy this summer …

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Why always Ravel?

If this week for West Ham didn’t have enough ups and downs already then this morning all fans were in for a shock when we found out that star player Ravel Morrison had been arrested and retained in custody for the alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend and her mother. It is worth saying at this current time we do not know if he’s guilty or the outcome of the case however he…

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Same old West Ham, always injured!

It has been an extremely tough week for West Ham regarding injuries as trio Andy Carroll, James Tomkins and new signing Cheikou Kouyate suffered serious injuries during the pre-season match versus Wellington Phoenix. We’ll start with the rather smaller news as Senegalese Kouyate was maliciously stamped on in the first half against Wellington Phoenix but although the medical staff feared the worst at first, he managed to play on for the large duration of the match and performed well. Allardyce…

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PRE-SEASON: A look at our new signings

Three games into pre-season with no win but there is some reason to be hopeful because our four new signings are looking good. First of all I think Cresswell is settling in well and looking really comfortable in the left back position, another positive about his play is he is very good going forward and can actually score a few goals. We’re not used to have our full backs …

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Valencia set to join?

With West Ham on the verge of securing the signature of Ecuadorian Enner Valencia, let me introduce you to the man who took the World Cup by storm in the Group Stages… Enner Valencia, 24, started his career for Emelec where he scored a total of 27 goals in 124 appearances in all competitions which doesn’t help our fans understand why we’d pay such a heavy for him. At the beginning of 2014, Valencia signed for Pachuca and he…

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Tony Carr to step down from Academy role

This week we found out that Tony Carr will be stepping back from the day to day running of the academy. He will still, however remain involved with the club in an ambassador role. This means he will still be able to help with young players coming through but also assist the club with any other area they feel they need his help with. He will be a miss of course because he did bring through …

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What should we make of Aaron Cresswell?

West Ham’s new signing Aaron Cresswell has admitted that once West Ham put a bid in for him, it was the easiest decision that he’s ever had to make in his footballing career. Aaron Cresswell, 24, was in the Championship Team Of The Season for the 2013/2014 campaign so for West Ham to snap up the left-back on a permanent deal is seen as a great purchase by the West Ham board. Reports suggest that West Ham …

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West Ham Transfer Update (07/07/14)

DONE DEAL: West Ham have signed Ipswich left-back Aaron Creswell on a 5-year deal. DONE DEAL: Former West Ham midfielder Matt Taylor has joined Burnley CLOSE: West Ham are very close to signing Charlton and highly rated midfielder Diego Poyet. THE SUN: Ravel Morrison is set to stay at West Ham next season. DONE DEAL: Former hammer Antonio Nocerino has joined Torino on loan from Milan. TWITTER: West Ham are amongst a…

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West Ham linked with impressive French international

West Ham are linked with Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena at a price of £8 million. He is also in the World Cup with France and has featured in every single match which would’ve upgraded his price tag. He started his career at Libourne and scored a total of 10 goals in 53 matches, then he made the massive move to Marseille, in which he has so far scored 25 goals in 227 matches. Mathieu Valbuena is an attacking-midfielder who has combined…

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Spanish striker to West Ham’s next signing?

With the arrival of Bafétimbi Gomis to Swansea City now announced, West Ham could be in for a shock £6 million move for Spaniard Michu. The move could finally happen any day now. Michu started the 2012/2013 campaign in fine form by scoring against Queen Park Rangers, West Ham and Sunderland in consecutive matches. Overall, he scored an amazing 19 goals in all competitions in his first season in England. In the 2013/2014 campaign, he …

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French midfielder on his way?

The transfer of Reims midfielder Prince Oniangué to West Ham is all but official for a fee of €3 million. With West Ham recently signing Cheikhou Kouyate from Belgium giants Anderlecht, the signing of Oniangué is proving pivotal to replacing midfielder Mohammed Diame once his £3.5 million buy-out clause has been activated by another club. Prince Oniangué has made 14 appearances for his national side Republic of the Congo and has scored the 1 …

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What should we expect from Cheikhou Kouyate?

Cheikhou Kouyaté Seeing as West Ham has made their second permanent signing of the summer transfer market, I thought that the West Ham fans deserve an article about the man himself, Cheikhou Kouyaté. This transfer has been ongoing for some time now but the board of West Ham fought off top European clubs such as Valencia and Sevilla. Also, British newspapers The Guardian and The Daily Mail have reported that Premier League clubs Arsenal …

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Where do we need to improve?

2 summer signings down and hopefully more to come because we definitely need it. Before the season finished I didn’t think midfield was a massive area that needed improving compared to other areas that the team lack in but now with Taylor, Collison, Cole gone and possibly Diame and Ravel leaving and the fact that we chose not to keep Nocerino we do need some more players. I’ve said before I think it would be great to see a…

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Campo Retro’s England Shirt

PRODUCT REVIEW: Campo Retro’s England Shirt This week, thanks to Campo Retro , I was lucky enough to receive one of their retro World Cup shirts. The range, labelled the Brazil ‘14 range, is inspired by the World Cup in Mexico of 1970 with the debut of the ‘mesh’ shirts. As described by Campo Retro themselves they are “90% cotton, 10% air and 100% cool” and I very much agree. The shirt I was…

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West Ham Transfer Update (08/06/14)

WestHamTransfer Transfer Rumours: DONE: Jussi Jaaskelinen has signed a new 1 year deal with West Ham. KUMB: West Ham have tabled a £1.2M bid for Galatasaray full-back Emmanuel Eboue. GOAL: West Ham and Celtic are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Julian Schieber. VARIOUS: West Ham United are understood to have lost out in the race to sign Sunderland star Jack Colback. KUMB:  West Ham are interested in signing Napoli’s Swiss midfielder Blerim Dzemaili. CONFIRMED: …

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Who will be our "marquee signing" this year?

Who will be our “marquee signing” this year? With the World Cup on the horizon of the Brazilian shores, Big Sam and co will be looking to snap up as much talent as possible before players fees become extortionate based on performances throughout the tournament. But just who will be our marquee signing this season? In June 2013 the David’s mentioned how they planned on making a marquee signing each year in hope of having a team …

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West Ham Transfer Update (30/05/14)

WestHamTransfer Transfer Rumours: DONE DEAL: West Ham have signed Striker Mauro Zarate on a 3 year deal. VARIOUS: West Ham will battle Arsenal and Everton to sign free agent Gareth Barry RUMOUR: Ashley Cole has been convinced by an unnamed West Ham player to join but is demanding £100K per week. TWITTER: M’Baye Niang has been made aware of West Ham’s offer and he will decide soon. DAILY MAIL: QPR want to make Ravel Morrison’s loan move a permanent…

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Former Hammer set to be next signing

The former Hammer set to join us is not in terms of playing staff but actually a coaching acquisition. The player I am talking about is Teddy Sheringham. It seems that the former striker is set to become our new attacking coach, with Carlton Cole tweeting this tweet: Just heard we have signed Mauro Zarate today. I have no doubt he will be a success. Also great news that Tedddy Sheringham…

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3 Chelsea 33
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5 Tottenham Hotspur 25
6 Manchester United 24
7 Arsenal 23
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21
9 Brighton & Hov… 20
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11 Leicester City 19
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13 Brentford 17
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15 Leeds United 16
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