Moyes Backroom staff announced- List of Assistant Coaches at West Ham revealed

David Moyes has officially named his backroom staff at West Ham, bringing in Stuart Pearce, Alan Irvine and Billy McKinlay as his assistant coaches (all three on an equal footing). Ex England U21 boss Pearce is of course a former Hammer, while Irvine and McKinlay have worked with Moyes in the past.

McKinlay was joint caretaker manager along with Robbie Stockdale at struggling Championship outfit Sunderland after Simon Grayson’s departure.

Moyes’ first assignment after the international break sees the Hammers take on Watford.

Irvine’s last assignment with a Premier League club saw him in charge of West Brom. He was sacked after seven months at the Hawthorns with Albion winning 4 out of 19 and just a point above the drop zone at the time of his departure. [Read more…]

Moyes confirmed as new West Ham manager- What does the future hold for Chicharito and co?

West Ham have officially confirmed that David Moyes will take over from Slaven Bilic till the end of the season. The Scottish gaffer has been given a six month contract at the London Stadium.

It’s obvious that many West Ham fans won’t take well to this news, and you can’t blame them- Moyes’ last managerial assignment at Sunderland saw the Black Cats drop down to the Championship, and he’s effectively been hired by Messrs Sullivan and Gold to prevent that precise thing from happening.

After finishing 10th under Steve Bruce in the 2010-11 season, Sunderland had always flirted with relegation- the likes of Di Canio, Poyet, Allardyce and Advocaat all managed to keep them up before they finally went down under Moyes in 2016/17. Under him, they averaged 0.63 league points per game in 2016/17- Bilic was at 0.82 this season before being shown the door. [Read more…]

Thanks for the memories Slav!

West Ham have officially confirmed today (November 6, 2017) that they have parted company with manager Slaven Bilic. The Hammers have endured a tough start to the season and despite Gold and Sullivan previously saying that they would let the 49 year old manage till the end of his contract (the end of the 17/18 season), the 4-1 loss to Liverpool that saw the Hammers drop into the relegation zone was one defeat too many for the board.

Bilic is the fourth Premier League manager to be sacked this season after Frank de Boer, Craig Shakespeare and Ronald Koeman.

Thanks for the memories Slav. You were dignified, passionate, honest and grace personified. None of us will not forget that 2015/16 season- the last one at the Boleyn that saw West Ham beat the likes of Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool, Spurs and Everton.

Bilic’s points per game record of 1.33 is the best of any permanent West Ham manager in the modern Premier League era. In the 87 games he managed, West Ham won 30, lost 31 and drew 26.

That final game at the Boleyn- to come from behind to beat Man Utd, was absolute magic.

A pity it didn’t all work out well- a mixture of some questionable tactics, transfers and board issues, but we’ll always remember you fondly. [Read more…]

Player Ratings- How the media rated our player performances vs Liverpool (H)

It wasn’t pretty to watch, and it shows in the ratings. West Ham lost 4-1 to Liverpool over the weekend, a result that saw them drop into the bottom three after Everton’s 3-2 win over Watford at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Here is how the media viewed and rated our players- this table is a compilation from five sources- Football.London, the Daily Mail, Sky, the Mirror and the Independent (all ratings out of 10)

The defence, not surprisingly, came in for criticism from all sources. However in the case of Edimilson Fernandes, playing out of position at RWB and taken off at half time for Andy Carroll, the Daily Mail thought he was “West Ham’s best player in the first half” and gave him a 7. None of the other four sources gave him more than a 4. [Read more…]

West Ham v Liverpool Post Match Thoughts- More goals than all the 3pm kick offs put together!

This 5.30 pm clash had more goals (5) than all the other 3pm kick offs put together (4). All those 4 goals in the 3pm kick offs (Van la Parra, Cook, Vokes and Murray) were scored by ex-Brighton players.

Ok, putting the stats nerd in me aside, if you were a West Ham fan, then this game was another dark evening at the London Stadium, and given the rumours swirling around, also potentially Slaven Bilic’s last in charge of the club. At the time of writing of this article, West Ham have officially dropped into the relegation zone, with Everton winning a five goal thriller at Goodison Park against Watford (for whom ex-Everton player Tom Cleverley missed a late penalty) to climb out of the bottom three.

With Pablo Zabaleta suspended and Michail Antonio and Sam Byram both injured, Edimilson Fernandes was given the task of playing right wingback. The returning Winston Reid immediately slotted into central defence in place of Jose Fonte, who had picked up a knock in the 2-2 draw against Palace last week. [Read more…]

West Ham defender James Collins hangs up international boots

West Ham defender James Collins has announced his retirement from international football. The 34 year old, who has been capped 51 times by Wales, took to social media to announce his decision, adding that it was time “to step aside to let the younger lads take our great country forward” [Read more…]

Bristol Rovers vs West Ham U21 2017- Martinez brace seals Checkatrade Trophy progress

Toni Martinez’s brace sealed West Ham’s passage into the knockout rounds of the Checkatrade Trophy as they came from behind to beat Bristol Rovers 3-1 last night.

The Spaniard, who had scored a hat trick against Manchester United in a Premier League 2 fixture in October, netted on either side of Martin Samuelsen’s 51st minute effort after Tom Nichols had put the home side ahead almost immediately after kick off.

The young Hammers had beaten Swindon Town 3-2 back in August, with the Robins now set to take on Rovers in a winnner-takes all clash next week. [Read more…]