Another day in the life of West Ham and it hasn’t been boring.
Our place in the Europa League has been confirmed, there’s been even more speculation about who our next manager is going to be, we’ve been linked with even more players and we appear to have become the most hated club in England overnight.
The fact we’re in Europe means we better start getting a move on and begin bringing some players in and, of course, a new manager – which probably explains the amount of transfer news doing the rounds today.
So let’s have a look at today’s big West Ham stories, beginning with big one…
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) May 26, 2015
So we’ve managed to sneak in to the Europa League through the back door and regardless of how we keep getting told that’ll it will be a struggle, it feels great!
Our season now officially starts on July 2, with the draw for the first qualifying round happening on June 22.
So it’s set to be a long, long, long final season at the Boleyn Ground. Let’s just hope the club identify a new manager pretty soon and then start a building a squad capable of competing in Europe and the Premier League.
This should be a laugh.
Back in for Niang?
The winger/striker was on our radar last year and now that he’s enjoyed a pretty impressive loan spell over at Genoa, the AC Milan has got our attention once again.
The 17-year-old netted five times in 14 games during that loan spell and the Hammers are reportedly eying a potential loan spell next season.
However, it is believed AC Milan are considering cashing in on the youngster. His contract runs until 2017 so he may cost a few quid, but he’d certainly be a very good signing for whoever manages to strike a deal for him.
Back in for Bentley?
No, not David.
Daniel Bentley is the Southend goalkeeper currently catching the eye of several Premier League clubs. We had been linked with him last summer, but the Express are today reporting that we’re considering an early move for him as a back up to Adrian.
Jussi Jaaskelainen is expected to leave the club this summer so we’ll need someone good enough to be second choice, and it appears to the club quite like the look of Bentley.
Is Robbie the man?
The former Chelsea boss resigned as manager of Schalke today, which sparked rumours that he might end up as our manager before too long.
He was only at the Bundesliga outfit for seven months and apparently cut his stay short after a disagreement over how the club should move forward. Good start.
Would he be a good manager for us? His record at Chelsea and some of his results for Schalke suggest he would.
But remember his poor spell in charge of West Brom? Doesn’t look so promising now, does it?
Bielsa wants the job
Well then why aren’t we offering it to him?
Today MirrorFootball are reporting that the Marseille boss is interesting in replacing Sam Allardyce this summer.
He’s already on our managerial shortlist and, according to the report, he’s started learning English in the hope he’ll be offered the job.
His Marseille side narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot in Ligue 1 to Monaco and it’s clear a manager of Bielsa’s calibre and experience is perfect for the project currently on offer at the club.
Can we get a deal done? Let’s hope so.
No one likes us, we don’t care
First of all, let’s put to bed the whole “West Ham are just a yo-yo club” argument…
For anyone who genuinely thinks we’re a yo-yo club. A list of the most relegated clubs in the history of football… pic.twitter.com/9vAte4Km5A
— WestHamWorld.co.uk (@WestHamWorld) May 26, 2015
No we’ve cleared that up, let’s move on.
It seems as if the last 48 hours has seen us become the most hated club in England.
Is that because we showed some ambition and decided to try and move on from mid-table mediocrity. Or perhaps the fact we’re moving in to a world class stadium next summer? Or how about the way we’ve managed to sneak in to Europe via the Fair Play League?
Either way, no one appears to be too pleased about us at the moment.
Some uneducated football fans still think we sacked Allardyce, and some even less educated football fans (and pundits, journalists) believe we’re a yo-yo club, despite only being relegated twice in more than 20 years…
Actually superb how West Ham have fired Allardyce.. As much as I hate them as a team, you won't find many better to help you're club out!
— Ben Blackmore (@BBlackmore) May 24, 2015
Hate West Ham me the mugs
— Ryan. (@RyanNUFC_7) May 24, 2015
But oh well. Why do we care? We’re trying to improve as a club and we’re extremely close to a fantastic era that should bring us success and happiness.
My word don’t us fans deserve it.
There appears to be a lot of manager polls doing the rounds at the moment.
But the fans have already voted! Here’s who they want in charge after over 2,500 voted on our poll in April.