Not as easy a question to answer as it seems at first. It is safe to say though, that the issue of racism in football is certainly getting more attention than in any recent season I can remember.
On every metric, Slaven Bilic is failing THIS season, no matter how well he did last season. Whilst the excuses trotted out may have some merit, such as injuries and the stadium move, in the end they are just that – excuses.
How concerned should we be that we have, thus far, failed to sign a first team striker yet?
Pre-season has not even begun yet, but in my judgement the club has made the right decision in letting Sam Allardyce go, and in replacing him with Slaven Bilic.
Despite a poor pre-season,there were reasons for optimism. Eight new signings (so far), including one of our best signings in years in Kouyate.
It was quite stirring to see the response of supporters in the 38th minute of Saturday’s game vs. Palace. The response of BOTH sets of supporters.
I’m not sure who is worse - they deserve each other.
Why is that no player of any real quality wants to join West Ham - beyond the blooming obvious that we’re in the bottom three?
Absolutely not. And no, I haven’t been smoking the good stuff or anything else.
Despite their drubbing by Man City ,this was never going to be an easy game. Why? For a start, we haven’t won at Carrow Road in 40 years.
The one-two punch: idiocy, followed by stubbornness. And it’s lethal. Enough to kill most mortals. And football teams.
The short answer? Not yet. But we’re not as far away as you may think.
Have you noticed how the goalposts keep moving? First we were told he would miss Cardiff. Then we were told it was the first three games. Then it was changed to he “might play a part” at Southampton.
At the time of writing, Carlton Cole has had a medical - but regardless, the underlying theme of what follows remains especially since Cole will require time to get fit.
It's no surprise that Alan Pardew and Roberto Martinez have pointed it out, given that it's their players who have been subject to constant transfer speculation. But they are absolutely right. It is a total shambles that the transfer window shuts on September 2,after three Premier League matches have already been played.
I like our owners a lot. They have invested loads in the club,without which it would have likely gone into administration or bankrupt.
Many of us will tell you that the reason we have not been able to get another striker is that nobody wants to warm the bench for Andy Carroll. They ‘ll say that this was the case with Bony and Lukaku. And to a certain extent,this is true.
On the surface, a really daft question. After all, the England side is not exactly brimming over with natural goal scorers is it?
Well that depends on whether we’re talking about home or away. If it’s away you talk about, our support is consistently top drawer both in volume and number –all the players and manager will tell you that.
I’d be lying if I said that I enjoy watching us pump long balls up to a lone striker all game long, even if it is Carew who can hold the ball up well. I don’t. But a long time ago, I came to terms with long ball. If it gets us promoted and out of the Hell-hole that is the Championship, then I can easily live with it.
Generally speaking, when a player takes on his own supporters he is on a hiding to nothing. And that's certainly the case with managers. After all, to a certain extent the supporters pay the players’ wages. But a situation at Wolves recently proves to be the exception to the rule and hit on what has become a real issue in the game.
Football operates in many ways that would never be tolerated or even contemplated in any other business. In what other industry, for example, does an employee get paid an absurd figure of £100,000 a week or more whether he worked that particular week or not?
Kevin Nolan is failing on all counts at the moment. Apart from the occasional good pass, I cannot identify anything that he is contributing to the team.
FIFA is like a disease within our midst, like a plague from the Middle Ages which is slowly but surely ruining our great sport.
The calendar has just hit August which normally means that I go into proper countdown mode for the start of the footy season.
You might think by the title that I am suggesting that football managers are mad: quite the opposite, in fact.
On the surface, West Ham supporters may have plenty to be thankful for as of the conclusion of activities on Boxing Day.