Ever since the inevitable happened and West Ham announced Sam Allardyce’s departure on Sunday, the club has been the subject of criticism from absolutely anyone who doesn’t actually support us.
We’ve also been linked with every manager under the sun, a shed load of new players and the announcement of our place in next season’s Europa League is also just around the corner.
It’s been quite a ridiculous 24 hours at the club. Here’s what’s happened…
First of all, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Sam Allardyce for his efforts over the last four years.
He was never going to win over all the fans but he did everything that was asked of him by the board since taking the job in 2011, so he deserves credit for that.
But it was definitely the time for change for both parties. All the best, Sam.
Moving on: We’re going down…
Fans of other clubs are absolutely outraged that we’ve decided not to renew Allardyce’s contract.
In fact, they’re so outraged that they genuinely think we sacked him. If they had been paying attention then they’d know that it was in fact a mutual decision and, if they knew anything about the club (or football in general) then they’d understand the reason why a lot of Hammers fans wanted to see the back of him.
So hope West Ham go down next season after Allardyce's dismissal!
— Richard Stott (@r_stotty) May 25, 2015
Hope West Ham go down next year, awful how they've treated big Sam he has done a great job
— Tommy (@_TheKidTommy_) May 25, 2015
Watch West Ham go down hill now, deserve too, Big Sam done excellent with them and still fans wanted him out
— Tony Coxall (@tcoxall) May 25, 2015
Why have West Ham got rid of sam allardyce what do they want or expect without they will go down and serve them right
— Mark Colton (@MarkMarkcolton) May 24, 2015
So presumably three wins since Christmas is acceptable? It’s tragic the so-called fans take things at face value and just assume it’s all been plain sailing for us because we’ve stayed in the Premier League.
The moment you fancy taking things up a notch and attempt to improve, you’re criticised for it. Sadly there are hundreds more tweets like the ones above. Just search ‘west ham going down’ on Twitter and you’ll be met by a severely unjustified hatred for our great club.
I suppose all we can do is wish Allardyce’s style of football on their clubs and then see how they like paying through the nose to suffer it. Then they’ll know.
The search begins…
If you believe all the reports then Slaven Bilic looks likely to be the man who will replace Allardyce.
Other reports still have interested in Jurgen Klopp, while the Independent claimed last night that we’re interested in bringing in Carlo Ancelotti.
And, as I write this, Derby have sacked Steve McClaren, which probably means we’ll end up with him.
Graeme Souness has a pop…
Graeme Souness labelled us a “yo-yo club” on Sky Sports yesterday.
The man is getting paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to give his opinion on football, yet struggles to grasp the simple definition of what a yo-yo club really is.
Two relegations in over twenty years certainly doesn’t make us a yo-yo club.
Can’t we just live in a world where just Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are the pundits? The world would be a much better place and the likes of Souness would just be an insignificant person tweeting his incorrect belief that we sacked Allardyce, like the above fans.
Quick tip, Graeme. Don’t comment on something you don’t know much about, or you’ll make yourself look stupid.
We’re all going on a European tour
99.9% sure we have qualified. dg https://t.co/vWm2rGep8E
— David Gold (@davidgold) May 24, 2015
David Gold reckons we’ve got a spot in next season’s Europa League, which should be announced officially at some point this week.
That means our season officially begins on July 2, which means the club are going to have to move quickly to get a manager in and then back him in the transfer market.
The competition is an unforgiving one so we’re going to need a squad big enough and capable of competing at that level, as well as in the Premier League.
Let’s hope they get it right.
The work has already started…
If you believe the reports in talkSPORT today then we’re battling Inter Milan for the signing of Sampdoria striker Eder.
The 28-year-old’s form for the Serie A side this season earned him a maiden call up for the Italy squad back in March, and he went on to score on his international debut.
For his club he’s netted 12 goals this term, and it appears the owners are already aiming high in the summer transfer market.
Ok, so Ola John isn’t Spanish so that headline isn’t strictly correct, but it was all I can could think of.
Anyway, we’re apparently weighing up a move for Benfica winger John. The 23-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Southampton and could cost as little as £6million.
He’s netted three and assisted five for the Portuguese side this season and the owners appear to be pretty keen on bringing him to East London.
And finally… We won league!
After not having much to smile about since Christmas I think most fans (maybe not the ones mentioned earlier) will allow some sort of glory.
According to MirrorFootball we would’ve won the Premier League had only headed goals had counted this season.
So, yeah, we’re technically the Champions.