The Premier League Previews 2010/11, Part 18: West Ham United – Owner Over-Occupied?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Col says:

    Good article, I am starting to come over to the side of chairmen in general. It’s about time people who know the game (or some that think they do, ref: Martin Samuel) seem to think its not the board’s place to get involved in football matters. But I do think if you have been in the game from a board perspective for 20 years and you are not only funding the club but saving it from administration then you are entitled to a comment on how its run. Maybe not as publicly as the Davids but it’s about time some real world reality is brought about this bubble that players seem to live in.

    Anyway, I presume you do not follow West Ham that closely, maybe in passing on MOTD and haven’t seen where we have been weak in the past few seasons hence the comments on the signings? Im surprised for instance that you don’t think someone like Hitzlsperger is not exactly what West Ham need? Also our weakness of a rightback which is now covered by Haim and as backup a promising youth player in Reid? Piquionne has shown he can score in the prem league even when playing for a terrible side, when Cole got injured last season we had no back-up much like the right back issue. Barrera is a risk, but so far in pre-season has looked pretty good taking apart the Deportivo full backs when he came on. Also surprised on your comments on Thomas Hitzlsperger, this is the same German who is national team captain with 50+ international caps. Who has won the Bundesliga, got to the final of the 2008 Euros, got to the semi final of the 2006 World Cup. Hardly “Not setting the world alight” I would say? In fact, in terms of achievement much more than the likes of Gerrard.

    With West Ham it is never a problem with talent, it has always existed, it generally is the psychological approach to games we never seem to get right. West Ham have never had a large squad who are competing for the first team, with the players coming in everyone is looking over their shoulders, I think this will up the game that extra percent they need to really push on.

  2. Col says:

    What happened to my comment? Factually spot on, no abusive language, just slightly differing views and I was deleted?

  3. Rob says:

    @Col: absolutely nothing wrong with your comment, intelligent, incisive and critical in a constructive way, just as we like them. Unfortunately, due to comments by other fans on other articles (including an impersonation of a fan that could have left us open to legal action), we now have to pre-approve every comment, so not every comment appears straight away.

  4. kennyhammer says:

    Interesting read and viewpoint. Having supported WHAM for over 50years I am overjoyed that the new board are true fans with an East London background.They are more than entitled to have their viewpoint aired regarding all matters in the club. Thank god they do or we could have ended up with an 8mil Yakubu playing for us. The worst scenario is a board giving a manager every player he wants.
    Curbs got Eggy to buy Ljunberg and Dyer for example when they were both injury prone players ,and they were paid vast sums to occupy the treatment tables.
    Gold & Sullivan would not have sanctioned those deals and our financial worries would have been considerably less. You cannot expect any shrewd business person to invest tens of millions of pounds in a business and sit saying nothing whilst watching their investment being mis- handled.Even more difficult if you are a true fan as G&S are. The veto system that Sullivan refers to would indicate to me that he has properly communicated with Grant from the start of their relationship and procedures are in place to handle differences in opinion between the board and manager.Firm leadership and positive objectives seem to have been missing from the clubs agenda in past seasons. We have gone from a novice board and manager to a vastly experianced board and manager and for sure the benifit to the club,players and supporters will be immense this season.

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