Just who are you insulting?

So Tony Mowbray thinks we believe we are "insulted" by having to play in the Championship. I've got news for him, we only feel insulted by the people who have got us here in the first place.

What the Middlesbrough manager knows about this club, our fans and the working class community that spawned us you could probably write on the back of a postage stamp.

This son of a steelworker should know better than to suggest that sons and grandsons from a docklands community would be that disrespectful of fellow working men.

On the contrary. Many fans I speak to have been more than impressed by some of the teams in the Championship. Their commitment, effort and desire to improved themselves in a career that sees few home-grown players now performing in the Premier League.

What you do get is teams who give 200 per cent against, as Abdoulaye Faye said after his first goal for the club on Tuesday.

He reckons that the players in this division raise their game against us, and then lose the next one. Are you listening Leeds!

We are being confronted week in week out by clubs that have little money, or have fought their way back from administration, but still manage to produce a highly competitive division. No, we don't want to be in it, but we know we have to prove we are worthy of leaving it and we do not expect to breeze through the campaign to the title.

But Mowbray believes we are above ourselves, and are insulted by the indignity of playing the likes of his own club. Those were his words after Middlesbrough defended their way to a 1-1 draw at the Boleyn on Tuesday.

He does not know how we feel and why. Perhaps after a ten year career in management, with only one success - taking West Brom to promotion (swiftly followed by relegation) and then being sacked as a failure after 45 games at Celtic, Mowbray should really concentrate on his own club, not ours.

Managers as a rule do not criticise their players or their rivals, certainly not their fans. To pass a snap judgement while not knowing really why fans at West Ham can be angry, did not help my mood after yet another drawn match.

Our own boss Sam Allardyce, always one for statistics, claimed nobody gets automatic promotion losing more than eight games. We have been stuck on seven for a while, but squandering ten points from five successive drawn matches seems like losing three more games to me.

So the fans booed again. But only at the end and not for long. Sadly the whole thing is now slipping badly into a pattern. We do not have the talent to break teams down who come to defend in depth, oh for a Scott Parker out there.

I never believed we would miss Vaz Te so much. Since he limped off against Palace we have barely had a shot at the Boleyn.

We do not have the class and quality to find that few feet of space and time to make something constructive happen. We do not have anyone who can play accurate passes from midfield, rather than the humping of cross-field passes or balls down the channels.

It was horrible to watch, even though Allardyce suggests we played some good football. Is he brave enough now to risk the flare of Ravel Morrison, or to give Henri Lansbury a central role? Because that's all we have who can begin to produce passes, openings and goals.

We can still catch Reading, if not Southampton. We must win the game in hand at Peterborough next week, beat Reading the following Saturday and - are you listening lads - we must win at Burnley.

So just why are we so angry. I can only speak for myself in this, and I have a long list, so bear with me.

I'm angered by managers who take cuts of transfer fees, those that insist on working with the same agent, those that have their family members, brothers or sons working as agents, those that have had shares in the companies of discredited agents, and those that almost routinely take back- handers in transfer dealings. You can fill in the names for yourselves!

And just how is it right that a manager can avoid tax by opening an offshore account in the name of his dog and allowing his boss to give him cash presents? I wonder if that's what George Osbourne meant when he talked about closing tax loopholes in his Budget speech?

And just why is it right for managers to be given a cut of any money the club makes by selling players? I thought bringing on young talent was part of the job, and frankly I can't see exactly what influence Harry Redknapp had in the improvement of Peter Crouch, but we'll let that go.

OK, that's managers who make me angry. Now the people who have helped bring this club to our current position. Maybe it starts with selling Rio Ferdinand (and not finding out until now how much 'arry got from that deal).

For all his dodgy image, we have not been the same since he was sacked. It cost us Frank Lampard (Senior and Junior) too. Then there have been the poor decisions in appointing Lou Macari, Glenn Roeder, Avram Grant and even Gianfranco Zola, but only for his inexperience, not the football he tried to play.

Then we come to the various owners. From Terry Brown, and the vast wealth he made from selling the club, to incompetent, plain daft Icelandic owners whose wealth had no solid foundation and just melted away, along with our dreams of becoming what Manchester City are today.

Next, well what about Scott Duxbury and the previous club officials who allowed the Carlos Tevez saga to even start. Fined for hiding contract details and then finally hammered by a ridiculous kangaroo court trumped up by the FA in their battle for supremacy with the Premier League. It has cost us millions, the respect of many in the game, and we are still shelling out ?5million a year to help Sheffield United cover up their own financial mess.

Don't even get me started on that Yorkshire club, whose owner, I was told, was privately trying to sell the club long before Tevez came along, and maybe could see a way of using our money to wipe out their debt to make his club a better option to buy.

And worst of all, the management of West Ham for losing a golden generation. Ferdinand(x2), Cole, Carrick, Defoe, Johnson , Lampard, even John Terry.

That's why we are angry Mr. Mowbray, that's why we I feel insulted. Now mind your own business.

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