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Big Sam Staggered At Green Omission

Sam Allardyce today spoke to London’s Evening Standard about his shock at Robert Greens omission from Fabio Capello’s latest England Squad.

“I’m staggered because Rob’s right back at the top of his game following his knee operation,” said the West Ham manager, speaking to the Evening Standard. “I would even say Rob is better than before because his knee hadn’t been 100 per cent for some little time before he had the op.

“If Fabio is looking for the friendlies with Spain and Sweden as principally preparation for Euro 2012 next summer, then I can’t see beyond Rob. Joe Hart is currently the first choice for the England goalkeeper’s jersey but if they want someone capable of ­challenging the Manchester City man, then I can’t think of anyone better than Rob.

I don’t believe that playing in the Championship with West Ham should be a handicap for him. It’s far better for a keeper to be playing regularly in the Championship than sporadically in the Premier League.”

Green has been in fantastic form for The Hammers since returning from injury, during which Manuel Almunia kept watch between the sticks.

I am surprised myself as Greens form has been impressive, on top of that most of the keepers in the Premier League who could mount some form of challenge to Joe Hart have retired or made themselves unavailable.

Gollivan: Support Is Amazing

Joint-Chairman David Gold and David Sullivan or Gollivan as I like to call them, took time out today to thank the supporters on WHUFC.COM for their amazing match day attendance.

Hammers fans continue to set the standard in the npower Championship – with an incredible 6,313 heading to Coventry City on Saturday week.

The claret and blue faithful have been impressive at the Boleyn Ground this season but their devotion has been particularly striking away from home. After helping Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion to set record attendances, they then contributed to the biggest crowd of the campaign at Hull City last weekend.

Joint-Chairman David Sullivan hailed the support. “It’s totally amazing,” he told whufc.com. “I’ve never known such amazing away support so early in the season.

“The club is so proud of our travelling away supporters. Not only do they make a massive amount of noise, but they are impeccably well behaved. Every one of them is a true ambassador for the club.”

With more than a month to go as well until the trip to Reading on Saturday 10 December, more than 70 per cent of the 4,200 allocation has already gone.

We may not be in the Premier League at the moment but our support could be put half of the Premier League clubs to shame!

Reid Out Injured

Winston Reid could be out for several weeks after dislocating a shoulder against Bristol City last night during the 0 – 0 draw.
The New Zealand international, who is now becoming a regular fixture in Sam Allardyce’s first team fell awkwardly after defending a cross in the first few minutes of the game.

After receiving some treatment on the pitch he was substituted and left the field of play holding his left arm.

Sam Allardyce confirmed the bad news. “He’s been to hospital and the dislocated shoulder has been put back into place,” he said – before revealing that he would be using the forthcoming two-week international break to find fresh blood.

“It will be another search in the loan market very, very quickly to see if we can find a quality player who will help us with the numbers at the moment.”

Lets hope he gets back playing soon as I thought he was starting to build a good understanding and partnership with James Tompkins.

 

Good News, Sam Rules Out Diouf

Good news today, Sam Allardyce has revealed that he will not be signing El Hadji Diouf or Spit The Dog as he is known in some corners.

The West Ham manager, who came under heavy fire this week for considering signing a player who spat at West Ham supporters back in 2002 whilst a Liverpool player.

Allardyce said: “Everyone seems to be aware that we’ve had El Hadji Diouf training with us but I’ve decided today not to offer him a short-term contract. We’ve had a good look at him over the past few days but because he’s had no real football for some time his conditioning wasn’t good.

“With that in mind – and the possibility that some of our injured players will be hopefully have recovered in the not too distant future – we won’t be looking at a deal.

“Obviously I had to bear in mind the situation at the club with the fans. It was sensible to take everything into consideration and the most important thing is we are going pretty well at the moment and there shouldn’t be any distractions.”

Great news in my opinion, like we need another troubled player who would probably end up spitting at his own supporters if he got booed!