Whilst the mathematical possibility of Hull winning two games and 6-0 and us losing by the same amount, could, in altenate universe happen, it does seem that West Ham will be playing Premier League football next season after Burnley were beaten 4-0 at Turf Moor today.  While I enjoyed the drama of yesterday, it once again showed the weaknesses we have.  Wigan, like Sunderland before them, were probably the better side, but the crowd and Scott Parker gave us the momentum for the crucial points.

I've already been through why I don't see the last game of the season agaisnt City as a celebration, but as the closing of a window of time I'd rather forget.  Whilst the players attitude towards Zola is admirable, their perfomances have not been and it's not something I want to sit through next season.  Barely turning up at Liverpool, being crushed by Wolves and Bolton at home, simply should not have happened and cannot be repeated.  I still expect that Zola and Clarke will leave at the end of the season and I still think it is the right thing for them to do.  It's been an adventure, occasionally fun, but the lack of progress, the bad use of subs, the sticking with players clearly not up to it and the tactical naievety are too much to bear again.

But let's leave that for a couple of weeks, today we can smile, we can have a beer, knowing that this is the lifetime plight of a West Ham fan.  It's never easy but it's always interesting.  We're safe, we can watch the other dramas in the Premier League in a relaxed fashion and enjoy it.

And we must ensure that Peter Reid does not cross the threshold of Upton Park until Stoke visit us again.


  • Jeff

    I pretty much agree with that. (ESPECIALLY the Peter Reid comment. God help us!)

  • Warren

    Very well said… completely agree with it ALL.

  • Yea, you are spot on. I would be happy if Mcleish was our manager at the start of next season,of which there could be a strong possibility,given his connections with G and S.

  • tassiehammer

    Could this be the lowest amount of points won by a club and not relegated?
    Goes to show just how poor we are. Its because the 3 below us stink a little bit more than us.

  • John J

    I’m not so sure about Zola and Clarke leaving, either that they should or they will. Gold gave Zola his support after the match yesterday (though how do you take a sabbatical in football without being replaced?).
    While we’ve all been fed up with performances this season, and the manager’s office is always where final accountability rests, Zola is not responsible for our current state. We’ve been leading to this low point for a number of years, I guess mostly as a result of poor financial decisions and the consequences and distractions of the Tevez affair. We spent so little pre-season, whilst selling some decent players who’ve done well elsewhere. In many ways, our poor season was predictable – and that’s not Zola and Clarke’s fault.
    Sure Zola and Clarke were inexperienced when they were brought in, but they will have learned a lot in the last several months.
    If the pair do stay,and I think they should, I’m not expecting miracles, but with more stability and support they and we should do better next term. I’m fed up with constant change at Upton Park, and would be willing to give them another chance – at least until the mid season window.

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  • Andy Gilbert

    I found this blog several weeks ago and I must admit it really captures the essence of my own beliefs. I have been a life long supporter of the Hammers, with all the ups and downs that has thrown against us.
    Is it not about time we had a good clear out and start afresh.Clearly the team this season has not been good enough with numerous players thinking they are better than their performances has shown.
    I would love a season without the worry and turmoil of a relegation battle. So if the quality players want to play quality football for the Hammers, then great, if not Bye
    Bye and lets get people that do!
    Here’s keeping my fingers crossed for real progress this season.
    Please please NOT Peter Reid.

  • aardvark

    there’s three clubs from london in next seasons champions league
    one in the final of the ‘europa league’
    and one lucky that there’s been three teams beyond shit in the premier league this season