Its been over 10 days since my last post, this was mainly due to a hectic work schedule and a few days holiday in the UK visiting friends and family. But I knew that West Ham would be my topic of conversation when returning this morning! West Ham are rock bottom of the Premier League, with 1 win in 14 games. With my side, Liverpool, the latest team to make easy work of the Hammers, the game was effectively over inside of 38 minutes when Maxi scored Liverpools third goal. Game over.
It’s a sorry state of affairs at Upton Park right now, a far cry from where owners (the self pro-claimed saviours) Gold and Sullivan want to be. David Sullivan was particularly vocal when buying a 50% stake of the East London club back in January 2010. There is no doubting the excellent work the pair done at Birmingham City, they took the club from the brink into the Premiership and gave the Birmingham fans a club to be proud of, but so far at West Sham it appears to be one mistake after the next.
Mixing business with pleasure can lead to disastrous results, just ask Mike Ashley and Newcastle fans. Gold and Sullivan have been long life West Ham fans so taking over the Hammers seemed a logical step, but does being a fan cloud the decision-making process? Are they making business decisions as a fan or a chairman? Clearly the way they handled the sacking of Zola was shocking, something which riled the Hammers fans. Then appointing Avram Grant? Who looks as inspiring as a wet weekend.
Lets not forget the open letter that David Sullivan sent to West Ham fans back in March 2010 – after their home defeat to Wolves. This not only undermined the players but also the management team, Sullivan might be a die-hard West Ham fan but lets not forget he is also Chairman and that letter made all neutral fans cringe as he waffled on about the old West Ham legends and how dire the current team was!? Nice one Dave.
Back to this season’s mistakes, signing Benni McCarthy on a wage as inflated as his appetite is not a sound business model. Also, I feel appointing Avram Grant was a mistake, he is not a Premier League manager let alone a West Ham manager. The squad isn’t that bad, they have a decent spine with Green, Collins, Upson, Noble, Parker and Cole. With Piquonne, Obinne and Barrera who are good creative players.
They need someone to get the best out of these players and start playing with some commitment. The defending on Saturday at Anfield was shocking – it was like a training game for Liverpool. Karen Brady recently made the point that West Ham would be better investing in the playing squad in January rather than spending the money on replacing the manager – personally, I think she has it the wrong way around.