May 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
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
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
'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.