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May 11, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 05/11/2010

Gianfranco Zola has been sacked by West Ham in a move that has really surprised no-one apart from the manager himself, if reports that Gianfranco was 'shocked' by the news are to be believed. Mind you, as that statement came from David Sullivan we'll take that with a pinch of salt and assume the little Italian clicked his heels on the way out. Frankly, he's probably best out of it.

Personally. I'm saddened but not at all surprised by the news. I've been a supporter of Zola from the off but once the Icelandic consortium were bought out by David's Gold and Sullivan and Karren Brady was brought in as Managing Director in place of Scott Duxbury, then the writing was well and truly on the wall.

May 9, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 05/09/2010

A real end-of-term affair in which the highlight was the return, after a season long injury, of Luis Boa Morte who scored a delightful goal before criticising owner David Sullivan in equally impressive terms.

Manchester City equalised the Hammer's opener within three minutes when Wright-Phillips - all 2' 6" of him - rose like a salmon to head home. It was that type of day!

May 2, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 05/02/2010

Disappointing (again). I really expected, with the pressure off and Fulham's poor record against West Ham at Craven Cottage - they've not beaten the Hammers since before England last won the World Cup - that the claret and blue would add to their woeful away record today. Added to the fact that Fulham rested over half the team that so spectacularly secured a Europa League final place last Wednesday and you have to view this as another poor result in a season of poor results.

May 1, 2010
Posted by Billy Blagg on 05/01/2010

'What's Going On? Marvin Gaye asked it first and best, of course, but echoes of that question must surely be asked by anyone interested in the future of West Ham United football club.

Is, as David Sullivan was quoted this week, Gianfranco Zola just a coach who works with whatever players are foisted on him? If so - and it seems an odd way to work - that must surely have been put in place by the previous regime of Nani and Duxbury and, if it was, we must also assume it is something that Zola was happy to work with given as he must have trusted his previous owners, having accepted the position at Upton Park, presumably, to work with them and their ideas.

Billy Blagg Born at an early age a mere defenders' spit from the Boleyn ground, Billy Blagg has seen every West Ham game from 1898 onwards. Blagg was mentioned by Kenneth Wolstenholme in 1966 as one of the people on the pitch during the famous Hammers win over West Germany that lifted the World Cup and he returned to the pitch again for the 1975 FA Cup Final but stayed on the terrace for 1980 FA Cup victory. Blagg, 26, now lives with his eighth wife and innumerable children in a small semi-detached with chintz curtains in Dagenham, Essex and still attends every Hammers match and training session.

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