Goodbye From Boa Morte

Luis Boa Morte has wished West Ham good luck for their Championship campaign.

32-year-old Boa Morte left West Ham with a year of his contract remaining after he was informed that he was surplus to requirements by the powers that be.

But the former Arsenal star harbours no ill feelings towards his former club, with whom he spent four-and-a-half years having been signed by Alan Curbishley from Fulham for £5million in January 2007.

“I am sad to leave West Ham as I have made a lot of friends here,” Boa Morte told “I wish all the best to my team-mates and for the club to get promoted.

“It is a sad day for me to leave playing football in England after 14 years [but] I am looking forward to a new challenge. It is never too late to try somewhere and something different.

“There are high and low memories – the low ones only make you stronger – now it is a fresh start for me. I would like to think people would have seen me always give everything for the team. I always tried to put my heart and head in for the team.”

Big Sam: I Am Here To Win The Championship

Our new manager Sam Allardyce insists that nothing less than promotion to The Premiership will be an acceptable return from his first season in charge of The Hammers.

West Ham United’s 14th full-time manager was installed as the successor to Avram Grant in June.

Acknowledging that more players will have to leave to balance the books, Big Sam feels that he has a squad capable of achieving that magical instant return to the Premier League.

“No one else can put any more expectations and pressure on than me,” he told the Independent on Sunday. “I haven’t come down here to spend a long time down in the Championship.

“I’ve come to win the club promotion and get myself where I’ve been for the last 10 years, and that’s managing in the top league in the world.

“You’re happy that that type of talent is moving a step down to try to get itself back up. Kevin Nolan and Matt Taylor have the same ambition as me: to spend as little time as possible in the Championship. But we’re not taking it for granted that we’re going to get promoted.”

However Allardyce accepts that West Ham will be forced to cut costs and squad numbers following relegation from the Premier League.

“It will be a tougher division,” he said. “It’s going to be damned hard work over a marathon season of 46 games. We have to perform at a consistent level and make sure we’re always in a winning frame of mind.

“The club was in despair; relegation leaves a club traumatised. You’ve got to get over the trauma and back to positive thinking. You win a game of football as much with your mind as with your ability.”

Chelsea want Parker on loan

News coming out in some of the papers and being touted around the web today are that Chelsea want Parker, but only on loan for the season as cover for Michael Essien who is injured.

The deal would see Chelsea cover Parkers wages as well as paying a small fee for taking the midfielder. It’s unclear if West Ham are interested at this stage.

It would also allow Parker to return to West Ham if they achieve promotion back to the premier league at the first time of asking.

Would this suit West Ham though as Parker will be another year older and his resale value will have gone down further.

So do you think this is a good idea or would you prefer to take the cash now and say thank you very much Scott and strengthen then team?