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Postby cockney hammer on Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:05 am

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Hammers on Academy alert


The Hammers are racing against time to put together a convincing case to be given the top ranking in the new youth development system.

And without Category One status, the club which has nurtured England stars from the 1966 World Cup-winning team to the present day, would be more likely to see the best young talent join rivals such as Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United.

The 'Elite Player Performance Plan' lays down very strict criteria about coaching time, education provision and other aspects of youth player training.

The Hammers, whose Chadwell Heath training ground is difficult to upgrade, had based plans for a state-of-the-art youth programme on moving into the Olympic Stadium.

But with the future of the new Stratford venue subject to a new bidding process which also ends later this month, West Ham are having severe problems meeting the expensive and complicated requirements.







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Cardiff 0 West Ham 2

KEVIN NOLAN likes to flap his arms after scoring — and he was chicken supreme as the Hammers powered on towards promotion.
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The midfielder fired the 42nd-minute opener and ran the show to sting Cardiff's play-off hopes.

Hammers chief Sam Allardyce made one of the shrewdest signings of last summer when he recruited Nolan from Newcastle.

And on his return from a three-match ban, Nolan showed just what the Hammers were missing to fire them one point off leaders Southampton.

Full-back George McCartney added a late second, but it was Nolan who took the plaudits.

Allardyce said: "Kevin scored a fantastic goal on the back of a really good performance.

"He showed the strikers how to do it. They still didn't learn from that as they kept missing sitters in the second half!

"The quality of Kevin's finish meant the keeper was taken by surprise. It was past him before he could dive and get it.

"Kevin's a midfield goalscorer, not a playmaker. He has the sort of finish only afforded to top centre-forwards.

"He made the difference today. The players have done well while he was missing but he's a big player for us."

The Hammers spent the week basking in the heat of Dubai while the Welsh side recovered from their Carling Cup final defeat to Liverpool.

Allardyce added: "We had a totally opposite build-up, it told in the end.

"Did we get Cardiff at the right time? Today the answer is probably yes."

Hammers could have been out of sight long before the end.Nolan netted after Cardiff twice failed to clear, steaming into the box to fire home a low shot.

Cue the chicken celebrations.

The second half started with a string of West Ham misses.

Ricardo Vaz Te was sent clear on 48 minutes down the left and slipped past keeper David Marshall into the box.

But the striker took too much time and City skipper Mark Hudson got back to tidy up.

Then Vaz Te could have put Nolan in on goal but instead produced a weak shot.

After two first-half misses, Nicky Maynard made it a hat-trick of wasted opportunities when he dragged his shot wide from a great position.

And with Cardiff all over the place, Maynard missed again with a poor shot — allowing Marshall to save at his feet.

West Ham finally put the game to bed on 76 minutes when McCartney ran into the box unchallenged to slide the ball home from a narrow angle.

As with the first goal, Cardiff's defence had every opportunity to clear.

Boss Malky Mackay admitted: "I'm disappointed with the goals we conceded.

"We were up against a team of experienced men, a club who have a huge wage bill and can afford to bring on Carlton Cole and Gary O'Neil as subs.

"To gift them goals gives us a mountain to climb.

"As well as the Carling Cup final last Sunday, we've had a group who have been away on international duty.

"So I didn't get the players together until Friday.

"We had a lot of tired bodies near the end but that's no excuse. Our decision-making was at fault."

SUN STAR MAN KEVIN NOLAN (West Ham). Took charge — and took the points





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Cardiff 0-2 West Ham: Daily Mirror match report


Sam Allardyce reckons West Ham cashed in on meeting promotion rivals Cardiff at the perfect time.

While Hammers boss Allardyce took his squad off to Dubai for a five-day sunshine break, their exhausted opponents underwent 120 minutes of rollercoaster emotions in the Carling Cup final penalty shoot-out defeat by ­Liverpool at Wembley.

The fatigue was evident for Cardiff as goals from Kevin Nolan and George McCartney closed the gap on Championship leaders Southampton to a single point.

And Allardyce believes his men were fortunate to tackle the ­Bluebirds in such a ­physically draining condition. “The two teams had total opposite build-ups and I think that told in the end,” said Big Sam.

“The tempo and momentum that Cardiff tried to achieve perhaps wasn’t there because of the huge amount of effort their players exerted physically and mentally in the Carling Cup final.

“In this game a bit of luck is always needed.

“Did we get Cardiff at the right time? ­Probably, yes. But we took full ­advantage. I’m really pleased with the result. It’s a big one for us.”

West Ham skipper Nolan, who returned from a ­three-match suspension,
led by example with the opener on 43 minutes.

Cardiff’s Aron Gunnarsson lost possession deep in his own half and a pass from Nicky Maynard found Nolan to curl the ball ­beautifully past David Marshall into the bottom corner.

“Kevin scored a fantastic goal on the back of a top performance,” purred Allardyce.

“The only worry for me was the fact we hadn’t seen the game off earlier considering the number of chances we created.

“Everyone knows we should have won by more.

“But Kevin showed the centre-forwards how to do it.

“The quality of his finish means the goalkeeper was taken by surprise. The ball was coming on his right foot down the left channel, but he’s hit it first time and bent the ball into the bottom corner before the keeper could even dive.

“Kevin has a great track record of being a midfield goalscorer. It was an important goal for us just before half-time.”

Despite the off-colour display, Peter Whittingham came within a coat of paint of equalising.

But the Cardiff midfield ace saw his 25-yard free-kick cannon off the inside of Robert Green’s left-hand post.

Then a rare strike by McCartney sealed it for West Ham with 13 minutes left.

The Northern Ireland full-back celebrated his 300th game for the club in style when he capitalised on a weak clearance by Ben Turner to guide the ball home for just the second goal of his career – and his first since November 2007.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, whose side now lie in eighth spot, said: “We didn’t have the luxury of changing too many players as we have a very small squad.

“Playing extra-time against a Premier League team in a cup final probably meant it was the time to play us, but that’s no excuse.

“I think the defeat came down to decision-making rather than physical ­exertion. I’m ­disappointed with the goals.

“The first goal was incredibly sloppy. We lost possession in a poor area and
the goal knocked our confidence.

“We have a young and ­inexperienced group, and at points of the season they will find it tough. But we’re all desperate to get into the play-off places.”







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CARDIFF 0 - WEST HAM 2: KEVIN NOLAN PILES ON THE BLUES FOR MALKY MACKAY


WEST HAM came home from a holiday in Dubai to prolong Cardiff’s Carling Cup Final hangover.

While Malky Mackay’s brave Bluebirds were slogging through extra- time and penalties against Liverpool last Sunday, the Hammers were watching on the giant screen from their luxury hotel in the sunshine.


And the contrast between one tired team and one that was full of fresh legs couldn’t have been greater.


Skipper Kevin Nolan returned from suspension to lead the way with his eighth goal of the season and the Hammers missed other chances to have put the game out of sight before George McCartney settled it 13 ­minutes from time.


It was exactly what Sam Allardyce hoped for when he persuaded his owners to fork out for a five-day mid- season break.


And he said: “I think the difference in the weeks that both clubs had been through told in the end.


“The togetherness and the ­momentum that Cardiff try to achieve perhaps just was not there because of the terrific amount of ­effort that their players had given to playing at Wembley.


“In this game a bit of luck is always needed. Did we get Cardiff at the right time? Probably yes.”


It wasn’t just Wembley taking its toll on Mackay’s side – this was their 42nd match of a season that began with a 1-0 win at Upton Park – but their play-off campaign is ­starting to run on empty.


Since reaching Wembley they have taken just four points from six games and their normal game that is based on work rate and drive just didn’t happen.


Mackay said: “We don’t have the luxury of being able to change too many because we have a very small squad.


“If you are talking about playing extra-time in a cup final, I suppose it is tough for players, but I don’t want any of us to use that as an excuse. The goals we gave away were due to bad decision making and mistakes rather than ­physical exertion.


“We had a meeting and talked about Wembley and that has gone now. We have parked it.


“What we are left with is a group who are very focused on at least getting into the play-offs.”


Better finishing would have meant the game was settled long before ­defender McCartney’s late strike. Nicky Maynard wasted a good early chance when he put a volley over and missed an even better one after the break.

Ricardo Vaz Te took the ball round keeper David Marshall but couldn’t keep his balance to finish.


And Jack Collison also put a decent chance over when he was left unmarked at the back post to meet a cross from Joey O’Brien.

It was left to Nolan, back from a three-game ban, to show them how to finish.


The ex-Newcastle star stroked the ball in after Maynard set him up two minutes before half-time.


Cardiff could have punished the Hammers for failing to make their ­possession count.


Andrew Turner, goal-scoring hero of Wembley, should have done better when he headed an Aron Gunnarsson long throw over the bar.


And Peter Whittingham’s free-kick in the 69th minute smacked off the ­inside of the post.


But then came McCartney’s magic moment.


The full-back went on a storming run from his own half and when his cross was only half-cleared by Turner, he calmly ­volleyed the ball into the far corner.


It was a spectacular ­finish for only the second goal of his career.


It left the visiting fans celebrating their trip into Wales with a chorus of, “We’re winning abroad.”








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Cardiff 0 West Ham 2: Nolan gets top marks from Big Sam



When Sam Allardyce persuaded Kevin Nolan to leave Newcastle last summer, it was a statement that he wanted West Ham to keep thinking like a Barclays Premier League club.

Nolan, back from a three-match ban, collected his eighth goal of the season on Sunday as West Ham won at Cardiff to prove the virtue of that ambitious planning. It wasn't only Nolan, however, who proved the worth of aiming high.


MATCH FACTS

CARDIFF (4-4-2): Marshall 6; McNaughton 5, Hudson 6, Turner 6, Taylor 5; Mason 5, Whittingham 6, Gunnarsson 6, Cowie 5; Miller 5, Gestede 5 (Vuckic 35min, 5).

Subs not used: Heaton, Kiss, Conway, Blake.

WEST HAM (4-4-2): Green 6; O'Brien 6, Tomkins 7, Faye 7, McCarney 7; Collison 6, Noble 7, Lansbury 6 (O'Neil 76), Vaz Te 6; Nolan 8, Maynard 6 (Cole 63, 5).

Subs not used: Boffin, Baldock, Potts.

Scorers: Nolan 43, McCartney 77.

Man of the match: Kevin Nolan.

Referee: Chris Foy. Attendance: 23,873.

While Malky Mackay's Cardiff were slogging through extra time and penalties against Liverpool in the Carling Cup final last Sunday, he and the rest of Big Sam's players were watching from a hotel in Dubai at the start of a five-day mini break.

And the contrast between one tired team and one full of fresh legs couldn't have been greater.

Nolan scored just before half time but West Ham missed enough other chances to have put the game out of sight long before defender George McCartney settled it 13 minutes from time.

'Kevin showed the others how to do it,' said a delighted Allardyce. 'That was the sort of quality finish you expect from a top centre forward. The difference in the weeks that both clubs had been through told in the end.

'The togetherness and the momentum that Cardiff try to achieve perhaps just was not there because of the terrific amount of effort that their players had given to playing at Wembley.



'In this game a bit of luck is always needed and did we get Cardiff at the right time? Probably yes.'

The win moved West Ham to a point behind leaders Southampton with a game in hand, while Cardiff remain outside the play-off places. Since reaching Wembley, Cardiff have taken only four points from six games.

'We don't have the luxury of being able to change too many because we have a very small squad,' said Mackay.

'If you are talking about playing extra time in a cup final I suppose it is tough for players, but I don't want any of us to use that as an excuse.

'The goals we gave away were due to bad decision-making and mistakes.'


Nolan put West Ham ahead when he calmly stroked the ball across Marshall with the side of his foot after Maynard had set him up two minutes before half time.

Andrew Turner should have done better for Cardiff when he headed an Aron Gunnarsson long throw over the bar. And Peter Whittingham's free kick in the 69th minute smacked the inside of a post.

McCartney went on a barnstorming run from his own half for West Ham's second. When his cross was only half-cleared by Turner, the full back volleyed in.






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CARDIFF 0 - WEST HAM 2: HAMMERS GET JUST DESERTS


A WEEK in Dubai, a weekend closer to the Premier League. West Ham swapped the sun of the United Arab Emirates for the chill of Cardiff and with it came three points.

Goals from skipper Kevin Nolan and defender George McCartney edged the Hammers to within a point of leaders Southampton, but what a seven days for Cardiff.

Beaten on penalties in last Sunday’s Carling Cup final by Liverpool, it was back to the day job of chasing promotion.

But their chances of avoiding the play-offs, where they missed out last year and in 2010, and taking an automatic promotion spot are fast disappearing.

Cardiff huffed and puffed for long periods as West Ham made it 19 wins for the season.

“We had a totally opposite build-up to Cardiff, having spent the week in Dubai, and I think it told in the end,” said Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, whose players spent the week training and relaxing.

“The only worry for me was that we had not seen the game off 15 minutes into the second half.

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce

“We had to rely on our left-back to finish the game off with a right-foot volley. Mind you, he did that pretty well.” Allardyce hailed the impact made by Nolan, who was back from a three-match suspension.

“Kevin’s a midfielder-goalscorer, he’s not a midfielder-playmaker,” added Allardyce.

“He puts himself in very dangerous positions in the box and finds the quality and the finish that’s basically only afforded to the top centre-forwards.

“He made a difference. The players have done terrifically well while he has been missing through suspension, but he’s a big player for us and he showed that.



“As a manager, everybody wants the big players fit and playing. Overall, I’m pleased. I thought we were very good today.”

Both sides failed to make anything of the few chances that arose in the first 35 minutes before Cardiff were forced into a change when forward Rudy Gestede went off with a hamstring injury.

West Ham seized the initiative while their hosts were reorganising as Nicky Maynard took advantage of a mistake by the Cardiff defence and set up Nolan, who finished with aplomb for the opener.

Ricardo Vaz Te should have had West Ham’s second three minutes into the second half but, after rounding goalkeeper David Marshall, he was foiled by Mark Hudson’s desperate covering tackle.

Allardyce had his head in his hands again when Maynard missed two great chances and Vaz Te failed to pick out Nolan on the counter.

Having weathered the storm, Cardiff almost levelled when Peter Whittingham’s free-kick in the 68th minute struck the inside of Robert Green’s post. But that was Cardiff’s chance gone.

With 14 minutes remaining, McCartney swept the ball past Marshall at the second attempt after his initial cross was cleared by the defence.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay said: “After last week, it’s a tough defeat to take. But we need to lift ourselves from this because we have another important game in the week [at Brighton on Wednesday].

“I’m disappointed with the goals we conceded but I’m not going to take anything away from West Ham. You can’t afford to lose possession where we did against a side like that.”







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Kevin Nolan sinks jaded Cardiff City and keeps West Ham floating high

Cardiff City 0
West Ham United 2

Nolan 43,
McCartney 77


West Ham United closed to within a point of Southampton at the top of the Championship and set their sights on going up as champions after overpowering Cardiff City, who were a pale shadow of the resolute battlers who pushed Liverpool all the way in the Carling Cup final. Kevin Nolan, outstanding in midfield, and George McCartney were the scorers in a deserved win which leaves the Welsh team outside the play-off places, in eighth, with just four points from their last six games.

Nolan, West Ham's captain, said: "We don't just want promotion, we want to go up as champions." Sam Allardyce, who had taken his players to Dubai for a week rest and recuperation,said the contrast in the teams' preparations was significant. "It couldn't have been more different," he said. "The momentum Cardiff were looking for wasn't there because of their extra-time exertions at Wembley. Were we playing them at the right time? Probably yes."

Cardiff were clearly jaded, yet the outcome might have been different had Peter Whittingham had more luck after 69 minutes, when his free-kick from 25 yards struck Robert Green's left-hand post. Kenny Miller also rapped the woodwork with a header in the dying seconds, but by then the match had been won and lost.

Cardiff made only one change to their Wembley lineup, restoring David Marshall in goal in place of Tom Heaton. Malky Mackay, the manager, explained that the limitations of a small squad precluded him from rotating his starting 11. Liam Lawrence, newly signed on loan from Portsmouth, has a calf strain and was not fit enough to make his debut, but he is expected to play at Brighton on Wednesday.

West Ham were always more energetic and penetrative, but they were profligate in front of goal until the 43rd minute, when a collective loss of concentration in the Cardiff defence culminated in Aron Gunnarsson surrendering possession to Nicky Maynard, who played in Nolan for a cool finish from the inside-left channel. Cardiff lacked width, their obsession with the eye-of-the-needle through ball hampering their attacking efforts as much as any post-Wembley fatigue. Maynard should have settled the issue early in the second half but shot wide and when he tried again he was denied by Marshall's top-class save. Stirring themselves sufficiently for a brief flurry, Cardiff threatened twice midway through the second half when Mark Hudson headed inches over from Gunnarsson's long throw-in and Whittingham hit the post, but West Ham reasserted themselves and McCartney volleyed in their second, left to right, at close range.

Allardyce said: "Everybody could see we could have won by more but it was still a big result for us and, with two home games to come, against Watford and Doncaster, we have a great platform." Unlike Mackay, he has the resources available to ring the changes: "The quality of our squad in depth means I'm able to look at freshening up the team for Watford on Wednesday." The enviable alternatives available include John Carew, Winston Reid, Julien Faubert and Matt Taylor.






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Cardiff City 0 West Ham United 2:



Having seen Southampton steal a march with victory at Leeds United on Saturday evening, so West Ham provided a timely response that suggests the race for this season Championship is far from over.

Goals from the effervescent Kevin Nolan and fullback George McCartney took the Hammers to within a point of the league leaders, with a game in hand.

On the evidence of this supremely competent performance against last week's Carling Cup finalists, Sam Allardyce's side look a decent bet to live up to their pre-season billing as title favourites.

For Cardiff, it was another tale of woe. Having been beaten


their last five league games to find themselves out of the top six for the first time in a long time. Four points out of a possible 18 is hardly the form of play-off candidates.

No worries on that score for Allardyce who was quick to praise his side's persistence on a day when a plethora of chances went begging.

Nicky Maynard, Ricardo Vaz Te and Jack Collison were all guilty of shooting high and wide of the target before Nolan sidefooted Maynard's 42nd minute pass into David Marshall's far corner.

McCartney, better known for preventing rather than scoring goals, popped up 14 minutes from time to make sure of the points with only the second goal of his professional career. Allardyce said; ""The only worry for me was that we had not seen the game off 15 minutes into the second half.

"In the end, we had to rely on our left back to finish the game off with a right foot volley. Mind you, he did that pretty well.

"Overall, I'm pleased. I thought we were very, very good today and the win gives us a great platform going into Wednesday's game against Watford."

Peter Whittingham came closest for Cardiff, with a 68th minute free kick that struck the post, but there were clear signs of a Wembley hangover as Malky Mackay's side huffed and puffed for the best part of 90 minutes. There were no excuses from Mackay, who claimed that his side had put Wembley behind them.

"It wasn't on our minds," said Mackay. Maybe so, but his team will need to play with greater care and attention if they are to reach the play-offs for a third time in as many years.

"I'm disappointed with the goals we lost," he added. "Look at the first goal. You can't afford to lose possession where we did against a side like that. I think it knocked our confidence.

"We came back well in the second half and had our chances, but the second goal was obviously a real blow."

West Ham could have been three goals to the good before Cardiff had launched an attack of note. Unfortunately, for the visitors, a collection of wayward finishes and a lack of composure in the final third could have proven costly.

In the end, it took a cool finish from Nolan, three minutes before the interval to set the Hammers on their way to a 19th victory of the season.

Maynard and Vaz Te were both guilty, once again, of spurning opportunities in the opening minutes of the second half, but after

Whittingham had struck the woodwork, McCartney charged down the left and eventually beat Marshall with an unlikely volley with his weaker foot.

Match details

Cardiff City (4-4-2): D Marshall; K McNaughton, M Hudson (capt), B Turner, A Taylor; D Cowie, A Gunnarsson, P Whittingham, J Mason; K Miller, R Gestede (H Vuckic 34)
West Ham United (4-4-2): R Green; J O'Brien, J Tomkins, A Faye, G McCartney; H Lansbury (G O'Neill 74), K Nolan (capt), M Noble, J Collison; N Maynard (C Cole 63), R Vaz Te
Referee: C Foy (Merseyside)
Attendance: 23,872







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Kevin Nolan reminded West Ham fans just how valuable he is to their promotion push with the opening goal of a scrappy game in south Wales.

Nolan, who returned from a three-match ban at the Cardiff City Stadium, coolly slotted past David Marshall in the Cardiff goal two minutes before half-time to hand the visiting Hammers an advantage they never surrendered.

It was a rare moment of quality in a match that lacked the fervour and intensity of the home side's previous outing in the Carling Cup final defeat to Liverpool seven days ago.

In fact, after a bright start, the after-effects of that memorable evening at Wembley seemed to tell in Cardiff's display.

They began the second half sluggishly and were fortunate not to find themselves three down inside an hour after Marshall saved well from Nicky Maynard and Mark Hudson backtracked to prevent Ricardo Vaz Te from tapping in.

The Bluebirds briefly looked like staging a comeback as Peter Whittingham struck the inside of a post from a free-kick.

But they were finished off in the 77th minute with George McCartney beating Marshall from a tight angle.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay made one change to the side which so valiantly took Liverpool to penalties, with goalkeeper Tom Heaton dropping to the bench to make way for Marshall.

The Hammers were boosted by Nolan's return, while Henri Lansbury came into the side for Julien Faubert.

The hosts started the game well and Kenny Miller went within a whisker of firing a 20-yard effort into the bottom corner after 13 minutes.

For all Cardiff's early possession, however, West Ham should have taken the lead midway through the first half.

Lansbury crossed from the right, Jack Collison nodded the ball across goal and Maynard lashed over.

Aron Gunnarsson's 25-yard drive skidded past the left-hand post before the visitors sneaked into the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Cardiff dallied on the edge of their own area and Maynard capitalised to feed Nolan, who opened his body up beautifully to curl a sidefooted effort around Marshall.

West Ham could have made it two after 52 minutes when Nolan won possession in midfield and fed Maynard, but after hesitating in the box he poked the ball narrowly wide.

It was a worrying passage of play for Cardiff and Kevin McNaughton cut a relieved figure when his headed back-pass gifted Maynard a free shot on goal, only for Marshall to get down well to deny the ex-Bristol City striker.

Cardiff were rocking, but out of nowhere they almost got themselves back on level terms.

Gunnarsson's long throw picked out Hudson, but the City skipper could only head over the bar.

The Bluebirds went even closer five minutes later as Whittingham curled a delightful free-kick onto the left-hand post with Robert Green beaten.

However, with 13 minutes left, the Hammers put themselves out of sight.

McCartney broke down the left and when his cross was not properly cleared by the Cardiff defence, he fired the rebound beyond Marshall from an acute angle.

Miller struck the bar from a close-range header in stoppage time, but the game was gone for the home side.









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The Newcastle boss saw similarities to his time in charge at West Ham when it came to player relationships



Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew hit out at the Chelsea players for getting manager Andre Villas-Boas sacked.

The Portuguese manager, who was in charge of Porto before replacing Carlo Ancelotti as Blues boss in the summer, lost his job today (Sunday) after falling three points behind fourth placed Arsenal with a 1-0 defeat at West Brom.

The Magpies boss compared the sacking with his spell with West Ham.

Pardew spent just over three years with the Hammers, guiding them back into the Premier League before he was dismissed in 2006 and he revealed what went on during his early days at Upton Park.

“I’ve been in it because I was at West Ham when I inherited a lot of senior pros who had just got relegated,” Pardew said.

“They made it difficult for me and one or two of them have apologised since, and so they should.








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Liverpool are ready to bid £15m for Olivier Giroud

Arsenal are also interested in the Canadian winger.

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is plotting a summer move for AC Milan's Thiago Silva after having the 27-year-old centre-back watched.

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Ipswich are interested in a loan move for Aston Villa's unsettled American keeper Brad Guzan, 27.

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Liverpool are ready to bid £15m for French international striker Olivier Giroud , 25, who has scored 16 goals in 23 games for Montpellier this season.


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Roman Abramovich wants Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola to replace Andre Villas-Boas

New Leeds boss Neil Warnock is prepared to offer forward Luke Varney, 29, an escape route from troubled Portsmouth.

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Former Chelsea boss Gianluca Vialli has questioned Chelsea's appointment of Roberto Di Matteo - but wishes his former Blues team-mate luck.

“I hope one day that perhaps that happens to that manager [Villas-Boas] because he deserves perhaps a better turn that he has had.”

Roberto Di Matteo has been placed in temporary charge at Stamford Bridge.




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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby vietnammer on Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:29 am

Mornin' CH! Bit of a backswipe from Pards there.

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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby Chrissieboy on Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:42 am

So this disgusting Academy system is truly going to go ahead? ****ing Cameron's Britain. The rich get everything and get even more help to stay rich.
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby Coops on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:08 am

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Postby Aceface on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:17 am

Some pretty special pictures of George there :lol:

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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby Hammer Smith on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:41 am

Nice reading on a Monday morning

Thanks CH
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby the wren on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:45 am

They look like two pissheads outside a pub. :) How old is Nolan again?
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby Jarvo on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:47 am

Is Nolan about to drop the F bomb in every single picture of him? :lol:
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby casshammer on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:49 am

Now there's some caption contest pics....

Cheers CH. Superb job as always
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby Gormalysis on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:55 am

Thanks CH good stuff
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby Kitt the car on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:59 am

Cheers CH
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby vietnammer on Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:13 am

Aceface wrote:Some pretty special pictures of George there
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Name that tune
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby lukeWHU on Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:15 am

the wren wrote: How old is Nolan again?


42 I think.
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby kayahammer on Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:22 am

looks like 'Come Dancing - the retard special episode'
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby beckton on Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:45 am

cockney hammer wrote:the sun

Hammers on Academy alert

The Hammers are racing against time to put together a convincing case to be given the top ranking in the new youth development system.

And without Category One status, the club which has nurtured England stars from the 1966 World Cup-winning team to the present day, would be more likely to see the best young talent join rivals such as Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United.

The 'Elite Player Performance Plan' lays down very strict criteria about coaching time, education provision and other aspects of youth player training.




This could be worrisome. We need to make spending money on this a priority..
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby roblo on Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:05 am

That photo of Nolan's goal shows what a great finish it was a nice move/movement. Let's hope he pushes on from here and pops up with some more.
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby MattHammer83 on Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:08 am

Cheers CH, Sterling work as always.

This new Academy system is a bleedin joke. So basically what the FA are saying is that unless your a youth player from Munure or Chelski then you aren't worth Sh*t, how has this been allowed when there is so much opposition to it, the rich get richer....

And as for Pards' nasty little backhand comment well screw him, he may be flying in the prem at the moment but it will come tumbling, especially when Mike 'King OF Chavs' Ashley gives him the boot and he finds himself at Plymouth Argyle.
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby dapablo on Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:15 pm

roblo wrote:That photo of Nolan's goal shows what a great finish it was a nice move/movement. Let's hope he pushes on from here and pops up with some more.


Was advanced, found the space, kept himself onside, early strike, perfect direction and a passionate celebration with team-mates.

Sam calls him a goal scoring midfielder and not a playmaker explicitly this weekend, he'll score more probably and get into double figures.

Cheers CH
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby Ozza on Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:17 pm

his quote had nothing to do with the sacking it was about the senior players he picked up after being relegated being a pain in the arse, and from my memory I make him right, especially when it came down to PDC, don't think he was having a go at the club.
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Re: monday's news 5th march includes west ham

Postby Bishops Finger on Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:17 pm

Is there an embargo about talking about Pardew and his 'relationships' with the players etc?

If the rumours are true then there is no wonder the players were not too enamoured with him - bit of a cheek to draw parralels with the AVB/Chelsea situation!
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