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Zarate signs for West Ham on a free

It’s official! Mauro Zarate has signed for West Ham on a three year deal with an option of another year. Originally it was rumoured that Zarate was to cost the Hammers a fee of £7 million, which is a lot of money for a player who was previously plying his trade in Argentina. However it has now come about that Zarate will in fact be a free signing! This is due …

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Hammers target full back

Hammers target full back The rumours are already starting to gather pace around West Ham after Allardyce has been confirmed as manager next season. With the full back position be targeted as a place that needs strengthening one name that is being mentioned is Martin Olsson. Olsson has been playing for relegated Norwich this season and is a player we was after before he moved. Before he played for Norwich…

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How has Big Sam kept his job?

Like many West Ham supporters this year, I’ve been disillusioned with the football on show at Upton Park. The football has been underwhelming, unoriginal and generally uninteresting. The club may want to consider themselves fortunate there were 7 teams worse than them this year and there are major problems that need to be seriously addressed in the coming months. Firstly, West Ham have become a one-dimensional team that, while many …

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5 bargains West Ham should be looking at

5 bargains West Ham should be looking at With the season now ended, it is time that transfers come to mind. West Ham can improve in a number of areas, especially upfront. Below are five players West Ham should be looking at. Jordan Rhodes: This is a player who would top my list this summer. We were continually linked with him whilst he was at Huddersfield and continue to be linked…

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Allardyce set be sacked after City

Reports late tonight have been circling tonight, suggesting that Allardyce could be sacked after the Manchester City game on Sunday. According the Daily Mail a decision has been made privately to sack Allardyce after the City game. He has now become an unpopular figure again, as a result of his boring football. A poll by 16 West Ham sites further highlighted that fans had had enough of him, with 77% voting for him to be sacked. The…

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My hopes for next season

This season has not been good by anyone’s standards, it’s definitely one to forget apart from maybe Adrian being introduced to the team and now the 3 wins over spurs. For next season I think there are certain things to look out for that I hope let us have a better season. A new manager obviously we don’t know what way the board are going to go when it comes to keeping Sam or not but let’s hope they make the…

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Ravel Morrison or Sam Allardyce?

I Don’t Understand Lack of Ambition I am writing this after reading reports that West Ham have to choose between Big Sam and Ravel Morrison (no contest in my opinion, but that is another story.) Much of the commentary around this centered around the short term cash hit of getting rid of Big Sam versus the potential value to be had in selling Ravel Morrison down the line, presumably after signing him to a long term deal and investing …

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The end of Sam Allardyce?

Curtains for Big Sam The days of West Ham being renowned across the country as a team that plays free-flowing and attractive football seem nothing but a distant memory. Nowadays, Allardyce has earned The Hammers the unwanted reputation as a one dimensional team playing nothing more than what can be described as ‘hoofball’. After the fourth successive loss suffered on Saturday against a fairly average West Bromwich Albion, West Ham…

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POLL RESULT: Should Sam be our manager next season?

In a poll conducted by 16 West Ham related fan sites more than 12,392 people took part, and 77.95% of them have expressed the view that Sam Allardyce should not be retained as West Ham manager next season. 22.05% voted for him to continue in his job. The survey ran from Thursday and closed at 7pm on Sunday 27 April. It is thought to be the largest ‘opinion poll’ ever undertaken of a…

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MATCH PREVIEW: West Brom v West Ham

West Brom v West Ham Match Preview: The Hammers make the trip upto to The Hawthorns still searching to reach the potentially crucial 40 point mark. It comes as no real surprise to experienced West Ham fans that all was looking well, with regards to staying up, until three defeats on the bounce against Liverpool, Arsenal and Crystal Palace respectively have resurfaced some doubts amongst certain supporters. West Brom are in better form coming into the game than the away side…

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My nominations for Hammer of the Year

West Ham Award Nominations The main award is of course Hammer of the Year and all players are up for this, in my opinion there are 3 real contenders. Mark Noble, Adrian and Tonks and they would all be suitable winners but all for different reasons. In terms of Noble he has been the most consistent player this season who always gives 100% in every game he plays. Adrian has come into the team this year and has won over…

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Poll: Should Sam Be Our Manager Next Season?

Poll: Should Sam Be Our Manager Next Season? VOTE HERE : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F6HN5LJ Social media gives West Ham fans a voice. Sometimes that voice makes uncomfortable listening for those in power. Hundreds of thousands of us use social media to vent our views on all things West Ham most days of the week. It’s rare that we all come together as one but in a unique, probably one-off initiative, virtually all …

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Why are West Ham fans so demanding?

The West Ham fans have been involved in a lot of stories from the press this season and it’s not surprising after the season we’ve had but what I did find interesting was watching highlights from the play off final. The commentators said West Ham fans are very demanding; we demanded promotion and got it at the first time of asking but I think with all the history and tradition the club hold it’s not surprising that …

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Life without Nolan

Life without Nolan Last night’s first half performance against Arsenal showed that, without Kevin Nolan in the team, we can still play some good football with Sam Allardyce at the helm. The midfield trio of Mark Noble, Antonio Nocerino and Mo Diame provided the catalyst for a brave 40 minute effort in which we created chances and looked dangerous going forward. The common conception is that when you have Andy Carroll in the team, you HAVE to play long ball…

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The return of Ravel Morrison

The Return of Ravel With the end of the season, and therefore the summer transfer window fast approaching, there has been a lot of speculation about which teams will be relegated from The Premiership, which teams will be promoted from The Championship, which players are on the move etc. But on the lips of many of the Hammers fans, the unanswerable question remains; where will Ravel Morrison be for the start of next …

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Summer transfer targets for West Ham

West Ham eyeing up next season With West Ham all but safe, sitting ten points clear of the drop zone with only five games remaining, co-owner David Gold has expressed his determination to avoid yet another relegation battle next year. With recent victories over both Hull and Sunderland, the club have already began engaging in possible transfer and contract talks with current and prospective signings. Gold, speaking in the match day programme…

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A reffing disgrace

I’ve held off talking about ref’s so far this season but Sunday’s pushed it over the limit. I would say it appears we as a club always get the worst decisions from ref’s and they really don’t like us and I do believe that however I’m sure all supporters feel the same about their club so I won’t dwell on that point. The overall point is that current refs in the premier league are a disgrace and I feel…

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How Carroll and Nolan changed our season

The Second Half of The Season : How Nolan and Carroll’s Resurgence Changed Everything For much of the season and certainly through the dark times that came directly after the 0-3 victory at White Hart Lane many fans have taken to calling for Big Sam’s head and questioning every decision from the playing of Kevin Nolan and Ravel Morrison, to player positioning, to the signings of Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll. Without a doubt though much of the ire of fans has been …

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Jarvis to be sold to fund transfers?

Jarvis to be sold to fund transfers? As we know FFP comes into effect pretty soon, and that means we will effectively have to start selling before we can buy. Our owners started preparing for this sooner rather than later and was speculated as one of the reasons why we didn’t buy another striker earlier in the season. There has been a number of players who have already been linked with summer moves to West Ham and many of …

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Downing is a key player for West Ham

We’re not at the end of the season yet, but as it approaches there is one player who seems to have massively split opinion between West Ham fans. Stewart Downing. I have no complaints about his first season with us. I think time after time he has been the best player on the pitch and the one that’s created chance after chance. Due to Jarvis not performing great this season we relied a lot on Downing and he …

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Possible return for former Hammer

Possible return for former Hammer With the season coming to a close, it only right that we start get linked with players once again. There has been a number of names already mentioned, and one such name that has come up is that of former West Ham player Michael Carrick. Carrick who left us for Tottenham a year after we got relegated, after an unsuccessful promotion campaign, could be a player Moyes is looking to get rid …

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MATCH PREVIEW: Sunderland v West Ham

Sunderland v West Ham Match Preview The Hammers make the long journey up to The Stadium of Light for a Monday night clash with Sunderland. Although a small minority of boos rang out around Upton Park last week, following what could potentially be a crucial victory against Hull, the West Ham faithful will be hoping to increase the gap between the ir team and the relegation zone to 11 points. Sunderland …

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The boo boys

The rest of this season is about survival and yes our bad performances mid-season caused that but that’s where we are. Yes the Hull game wasn’t pleasing to the eye and we didn’t play very well at all but we got 3 points and that’s what matters. Big Sam said I will keep you in the premier league and if he does that this season we can’t moan. Once the season is done and if we stay …

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Diame should go in the summer

Diame should go in the summer Mohammed Diame has had a very different season to the last one. He has played well below what he is capable of and has often looked disinterested in games. With this in mind, I feel we need to get rid of him in the summer. He has been quite poor this season to say the least. He has not had his heart in the games and it seems to have…

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Who to start against United?

Our defence this season, apart from the obvious City and Forest games, has been great and a real positive to take from the difficult season. When it came to facing Stoke I and a few other fans felt it would be the right decision for Sam to rotate the squad a little bit. One reason for this was because Reid was sitting on the bench and with other teams looking at him, sitting on the bench wasn’t helping our chances of getting…

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PREVIEW: West Ham could have a big say in Moyes’ future

West Ham could have a big say in Moyes ’ future With the 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool still on the lips of the whole North-West of England, and indeed football fans up and down the country, I’m sure as far as Hammers’ fans are concerned, this must be the most excited they have been in a long time at the prospect of Manchester United making the journey down to East London. It is clear, not only from Sunday’s …

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English Premier League Table

# Team P
1 Chelsea 22
2 Manchester City 20
3 Liverpool 18
4 Brighton & Hov… 15
5 Tottenham Hotspur 15
6 Manchester United 14
7 West Ham United 14
8 Everton 14
9 Arsenal 14
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13
11 Brentford 12
12 Leicester City 11
13 Aston Villa 10
14 Watford 10
15 Crystal Palace 9
16 Southampton 8
17 Leeds United 7
18 Burnley 4
19 Newcastle United 4
20 Norwich City 2

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