Hammers cult hero John Moncur will never forgive Sam Allardyce for the way he treated West Ham’s youngsters during his four-years at Upton Park.

In a wide-ranging interview in Blowing Bubbles Monthly, the 49-year-old said his handling over the Academy of Football’s rising stars was an “absolute joke”.

But, despite his son’s “disappointing” departure, he now believes the future of the club’s young stars are in safe hands with Academy supremo Terry Westley and current Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.

“At the moment, it’s not really about winning leagues or being at the bottom or being relegated, it’s about producing one or two players who can go and play in the first team,” he said.

“That’ll be Terry Westley’s job so hopefully with Slaven managing the first team, I think the young lads will get a chance. Certainly more of a chance than they would’ve had under Sam Allardyce so it will be nice to see one or two of them break through.”

As for Allardyce, he later added: “He never looked to the young players and what he did to them on that day when he threw them all in at Nottingham Forest was an absolute joke.”

Elsewhere in this month’s issue, George Parris writes in his exclusive column that Manuel Lanzini’s injury is as big a blow as losing Dimitri Payet.

“He’s scored some crucial goals already, and took his goal against Spurs very well, and you just thought he was starting to step out of Payet’s shadow,” he wrote.

“With no Payet until 2016, we needed him to keep scoring, creating chances, and playing well but his injury is very cruel on Slaven Bilic.”
Meanwhile, Sky Sports’ Bianca Westwood believes now is a brilliant time to be born into West Ham’s brave new world following the arrival of her nephew but admitted there was a time she didn’t want any child of hers, niece or nephew to support West Ham.

Blowing Bubbles’ writers (including founder and editor James Jones) also give their views on whether or not it’s time for the Premier League to consider a winter break, and if it’s time we stopped taking Karren Brady for granted.

The latest issue of Blowing Bubbles Monthly is now available to read for FREE on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Blowing Bubbles Monthly is a “must for all Irons fans” ​Blowing Bubbles Monthly was highly commended at the Football Supporters’ Federation’s 2015 awards in London. The magazine was shortlisted for ‘Fanzine of the Year’ and was up against some of the longest running fans’ publications in the country. And while it was unable to take the top prize – Bradford City’s ‘City Gent’ took the award for their coverage of the anniversary of the Valley Parade fire – the judges hailed the magazine’s coverage of the Hammers. “Produced to a high standard, Blowing Bubbles combines journalistic know how with fanzine charm,” they said. “It has become a must for all Hammers fans.’ Blowing Bubbles editor David Blackmore said he was proud of the team’s effort: “To be nominated for Fanzine of the Year less than four years after we launched is a fantastic effort and I’m very proud of everyone who has made this happen.” Read their latest issue here Link:

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  1. possibly, but as with anyone with a love of football – placing a glass ceiling on youngsters can never be a smart move.

  2. Is Moncur’s anger by any chance related to the fact that his son did not make it at West Ham I wonder?

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