Hammers Cleared

Tottenham’s attempts to throw a spanner in the works over West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium have been proved futile, after it was announced that the decision to award use of the Olympic Stadium to United has been upheld.

Independent investigators were called in after a newspaper accused West Ham of corruption due to personal links between an employee of the club and a member of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC). Although it was Tottenham who used debatable means to gather this information! I can see this one going on and on.

However forensic accountants acting on behalf of investigators Moore Stephens have concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that the relationship had any bearing on the decision to award use of the £500million stadium to West Ham post the 2012 games.

Tottenham, who are set to continue with their request for a judicial review – despite both this and a previous investigation commissioned by West Ham into the affair having returned ‘no evidence’ verdicts – take their case to the High Court this Wednesday.

Does anyone else just wish they would let it go?!

Brady Has A Dig!

Reading the current bun (The Sun Newspaper) this morning, I noticed that the lovely Karen Brady took the time to dig out two of our former players.

She had a pop at both Benni ‘I Ate All The Pies’ McCarthy and ex skipper Matthew Upson. Upson being someone she has had words with in the past in their Birmingham City days.

She had a glowing report for new captain Kevin Nolan and how he has begun his career at Upton Park, Brady said:

“These days footballers are so well rewarded there’s an impression that they’re all overpaid, under-employed, out-of-touch clubbers.

“It isn’t true, anyway, but in Nolan’s case it’s slander in the first degree. I also respect him for insisting that he writes his own comments on our fans’ website. Now that is unusual.”

The biggest dig was saved for South African short buster Benni McCarthy, commenting on Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips body fat count of 8.6 per cent, Brady said: “I had a player once whose body fat was three times that. Altogether he cost West Ham about £5million and he didn’t score once. Answers please on a postcard!”

Saucer of milk for Brady!! In this case though I think she is on the money, I have seen people at Weight Watchers in better shape than our Benni!!

Watford 0 – 4 West Ham United

West Ham had a wonderful victory against Watford at Vicarage Road tonight, running out four nil winners in a very professional performance.

Sam Allardyce’s team enjoyed a first back-to-back away wins since 2007 in tonight’s Championship clash.

The signs were good for The Hammers in as early as the third minute when centre-half James Tomkins pounced on Matty Taylor’s corner to direct a powerful header beyond Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach.

The second goal came with half time rapidly approaching, right back O’Brien sprinted past half the Watford team before firing beyond Loach at the second attempt after the Hornets keeper had pummelled away his initial effort.

Carlton Cole added another when he converted an Ilunga cutback from close range. Finally, Scott Parker completed the rout for the Hammers with a tidy finish to send the Hammers into third place in the league.

I am not used to seeing such a professional performance from the boys, especially on the road so long may it continue.

West Ham Keen To Sell Parker

Another week and still no takers for Scott Parker! The club are keen to get Parker moved on and recoup as much of the £7 million paid to to Newcastle for his services as they can.

The failure to offload Parker is thought to be a major cause for concern for the club considering the player is rumoured to be earning in the region of £60,000 per week.

I personally think clubs are running the clock down until deadline day to sneak a bargain! I can’t see past Tottenham for his eventual destination.

On Saturday, Karren Brady confirmed that the club needed to part with some players in order to balance the books.

“No one has embarked on negotiations for one of our three England squad players,” she said in her tabloid columm, adding: “We need to sell for our accounts – but not desperately.”

Parker’s body language is indicative of his desire to leave the club with whom he happily signed a five-year contract last autumn, just watching him not celebrating scoring goals or his team mates scoring is ample enough proof he no longer wants to be at West Ham.

Having put in two very mediocre performances in the games versus Cardiff and Doncaster many have questioned his commitment to the club.

Pottsy Back In The Fold

Steve Potts has returned to West Ham to take up a coaching role.

The former Irons centre half, now 44 – can you believe it, seems like yesterday he was running out for the team – made 399 first team appearances for West Ham between 1985 and 2002. He has joined the Academy coaching team at Chadwell Heath where he will take control of the club’s under 16 squad on a part-time basis.

Pottsy famously scored just the one goal in his entire career at West Ham way back in 1990.

Unusually for a centre back Pottsy is only 5’8 but that did not stop him winning Hammer of The Year on two occasions.

Welcome back Steve!