So news surrounding the club is naturally going to pick up at this stage in the year.

Sam Allardyce’s situation will be the catalyst for that, while it’s no secret that the board have already started shopping for new players ahead of what looks like a Europa League qualifier at the beginning of June.

Today saw a handful of big (and not so big) Hammers related stories hit the headlines.

So let’s have a look at them…

A great day in West Ham’s history…

This day happens to be one of the best days in the club’s history.

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of West Ham’s biggest achievement to date – winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup after victory over 1860 Munich at Wembley.

And it’s also exactly three years since we beat Blackpool at Wembley to get back to the Premier League.

Happy days.

Andy Carroll’s family is expanding…

Meet Tikka, Bhuna and Jalfrezi!!! @billimucklow are you happy with your daughters??

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So Andy Carroll’s had a lot of time on his hands since being ruled out for the rest of the season, and it shows after his latest Instagram post.

All he can really do these days is keep us up to date with what he’s doing whilst getting over his latest injury, but this time he appears to gone up a level.

Today he posted a picture of his three pet chickens on his Instagram page, and claims he’s called them Tikka, Bhuna and Jalfrezi.

You see what he did there?

The Big Sam merry-go-round…

Is he staying? Is he going?

Well, as we edge closer to the final game of the season on Sunday it’s becoming increasingly clear that Allardyce’s West Ham future is actually over.

The Express reported earlier that he’ll be told his contract won’t be renewed at a meeting next Monday, and that Rafa Benitez, David Moyes and Slaven Bilic are all in the frame to take the job.

So it looks like many fans will get their wish, but will that be followed with the right appointment?

We didn’t want you anyway, Michael…

Former Swansea manager Brian Laudrup ruled himself out of the running for the West Ham job, even though he’s not even wanted.

The Dane started well at Swansea but was soon sacked. Now he claims he’s not interested in the West Ham job because it’s ‘not big enough.’

That’s a bit rich coming from a man who’s currently managing a club called Lekhwiya in Qatar (who?).

It’s ok, Michael, we didn’t want you anyway.

Andre Ayew in talks?

This morning it emerged that we are in talks with Marseille winger Andre Ayew, who will be available on a free contract in the summer.

Obviously the news was met with huge excitement from West Ham fans, who all feel as if a the likes of Ayew is exactly the calibre of player we need to start attracting to the club ahead of competing in the Europa League and the move to the Olympic Stadium.

He hinted that he could be on his way to England when he announced his intention to leave the Ligue 1 side in the summer.

He said: “Where will I go? I still do not know where I will play. I like the Italian league, but I prefer the English league.”

Talks are apparently underway, so let’s hope we can beat the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool to his signature.

Sheringham off aswell?

And lastly, reports this evening suggest we’ve given Stevenage permission to speak to attacking coach Teddy Sheringham about being their manager.

Sheringham made an instant impact when he took the coaching role last summer and it was always expected that he’d try and make the step up in to the management pretty soon.

Could this also mean that the club have already got a new manager in place? Any new man will want to bring his own coaching team, but may have been offered to keep any existing coaches at the club first.

That’s probably reading too much in to it, but you do wonder why the club are allowing coaches to speak to other clubs when we Big Sam’s situation is up in the air and we might have a Europa League qualifier to prepare for in little over a month.

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