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…on West Ham’s rapidly disintegrating season

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Allardyce felt adopting a Henry the Eighth-esque pose would win the fans over. Unfortunately, it failed.

If it’s squeaky-bum time in the Championship, it would seem that West Ham have already followed through. Topping the table in February, a dry run of form has befallen West Ham at exactly the wrong time. An eleven-game unbeaten run would ordinarily be something to shout about but with seven draws, five of which on the bounce, West Ham are now four adrift of second-placed Reading, who ended said streak with a 4-2 win at the Boleyn Ground. Early in the season, manager Sam Allardyce was full of 10-game targets and gusto, now he’s fallen back on his favourite trick; turning on the fans. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

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…on Devann Yao

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West Ham trialist Devann Yao

It’s bizarre how my mind works but I’ve become ever so slightly obsessed with Devann Yao, who is trialling with West Ham. Devann is from Harlem, New York and is one of those Americans who set off to make it in European football at an early age, in his case 12. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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…on the departure of Llewelyn Charles Curbishley

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Alan Curbishley and Gianluca Nani

Alan Curbishley welcomed Gianluca Nani to the club but it fell apart when they listened to Nani alone, ignoring and blaming Curbishley for Eggert Magnusson's mistakes

Oh dear, this seems to be an all too regular and occurrence at West Ham. The club once proud of standing by their manager, famously having only five managers until 1989, are now looking for their fourth manager since Harry Redknapp’s departure seven years ago. This is by no means a massive number. Some clubs go through several managers in a season. However, to lose Alan Curbishley for the reasons the former Charlton manager has given betray that something is amiss at the Boleyn Ground. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 5, 2008 at 9:40 pm

…on the departure of Eggert Magnusson

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Eggert Magnusson

The Eggman Leaveth

The big bald head departs and we see the man behind the curtain. Eggert Magnusson departed this week, as Icelanding banking billionaire Björgólfur Guðmundsson has come to the fore as the main driver at the club. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 14, 2007 at 7:38 am

…on the disappointing departure of Alan Pardew

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Alan Pardew

It ended how it begun, in a bit of a mess.

It’s a shame. It’s a real shame. Whether rumours of taking the foot off the pedal or outside indiscretions are to be believed or not, it still seems dreadfully short-sighted to wave goodbye to the manager who took West Ham to two playoff finals in difficult circumstances and then to a mid-table Premier League finish and the FA Cup final when nobody said it was possible. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 11, 2006 at 11:44 pm

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