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I haven't been to that many games this season, I think this is my 12th. The lack of belief all season is staggering. The tactics, the finishing (lack of), leadership, motivation has been appalling. Avram Grant is the worst manager is the Premiership and the worst I have ever witnessed at West Ham and for that I blame the board. Anyone watching would never believe we were in a relegation fight. We make other teams look organised and controlled in a way we could only imagine. I can't take any positives from today. So I'm off to drown my birthday sorrows!
Downards points the fickle finger of fate.
And rightly so. Again, the triers get boo-ed onto the pitch. Who thinks the team is encouraged to play for us, if one or two them - who fought hard at COMS - are going to get slated like that.
Blackburn matched us, as they set out to do.
There is no team scared of us.
The point was not enough.
Bye, bye all!
Paying your hard earned £70 to watch ***** who are nervous and show no bottle without cheering and clapping and encouraging them like a dribbly is totally not on.
Except, it sort of IS when you've tried showing support all season.
& you have some sad sack, humpty dumpty, ****ing RUBBISH manager playing 7 up front like some sort of ****ing joke. and even then, you need a ****ing MIDFIELDER to get you an equaliser against a team you never ever lose at home to.
Grant's actually worse than Glenn Roeder.
We're down. We've been down before.
Hardly the end of the world is it?
Its what we do, get relegated, come up as champs, struggle and go down again.
Maybe the odd season of doing well.
Get over it lads, even if we do stay up its much of the same next year.
You wont find me crying come the end of the season.
What on earth was Dr Deaths tactics today????? he is absolutley clueless,for the last 30 minutes it appeared
the players were organising themselves !!! how on earth has our club allowed this #### to run our team
Kick him out now,cos come the Sunderland match,the fans will not tolerate this idiot any longer
Season Ticket Holders should get their money back out of the players' wages. It wouldn't hit them too hard and it's the least they can do for this travesty of a season.
Story of the season - inept defending - lack of physical presence - lack of qulaity (LBM, Specs, Sears, Jacobson), lack of aggression (Cole) - so not a baad performance and we could and should have won - but you just know it ain't good enough.
Now looking forward to a clear out and a fresh start.
For me, the only bad thing about going down is the departures of Scott Parker and Robert Green. Don't care about anything else, why should I care if we're playing ****ing arsenal or Barnsley? All I care about is WHU.
Ah, looking forward to it in a way, no more tourists who only want to see a premier league game, all the boo boys will be off, meet some proper fans, 3 (maybe 4) trips to the seaside in Saint's, Pompey and Brighton, millwall, youngsters getting more chances, moving from the DMU to chav corner. Can't be that bad, hopefully we'll be back soon enough. After all, we're West Ham United for **** sake .
Last edited by Essex 'Ammer12 on Sat May 07, 2011 6:26 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Alternatively, they could make the Sunderland game a category A game, just to rub the fans' noses in it.
Oh wait, they already have.
You presume wrong, my good man!
I honestly thought it was the money (Sullivan / Brady) who vetoed the move, I thought the football man (Gold) wanted rid.
I know there was a lot written about it at the time but I remember an 'insider' posting pretty much what I've just put. I'm afraid I can't remember who it was though........
never had you down as the 'hopeless old romantic sort', Bill
Well, once again, after today's performance, we deserve to go down.
We've spent most of this season with a team that couldn't score in a brothel.
As it said on tonight's Guardian website, the point we gained only prolonged the agony.
We've been relegated before when we just didn't have the cash to bring new players in, combined with a little bad luck (Johnny Lyall). We've also been relegated when the management was unable to motivate a very talented squad with the right tactics, the right strategies, and the ability to inspire the players to believe in themselves and each other as a team (Roeder). From what I can see, this season with Grant, appears to be a case of the latter.
Still, looking at the silver lining, next season promises games versus Millwall, a points-deducted QPR and Leeds. Could be an interesting season.
two wins and we could stay up...................ha ha! not to worry we've weathered the storm before and we'll weather it again.avram out regardless.new manager, i say MANAGER! someone proper build some stability. dunno who i just type.marvellous.
The narrative of our year with Grant in charge is: so near yet so far.
So close to the Carling Cup Final
So close to Wembley and the FA Cup Semis.
Nearly holding on at Arsenal
Nearly beating Brum away in the league
Nearly holding on for a crucial point at home against Villa etc etc
This was another crucial nearly today, and it sums Grant up.
Nearly won Champ League etc etc
We are down but im going Wigan anyway because unlike our Chairman I haven't given up.
Fwiw the players haven't given up either. Unlike other posters I felt they gave it their all they just dont have a system in place to win.
Having said that Keane scores and we're all delirious.
Nearly scored and we will nearly stay up.
I agree, hawkins. There were a lot of players out there today who may not be anywhere near an all time 11 for us, but with a proper system and a proper manager in place might have had a chance.
As a squad, we're probably 11 or 12th. As a team, on paper todays was as good as any that would be put out by Stoke or WBA or Fulham..
They tried. There's a lot of them that ALWAYS try. But they're mismanaged, just as the club's clearly mismanaged.
But hey ho. Still be what will be and follow them next season. At least we might finally get to flush out the toilet.
I never buy into all that ticket refund b*llocks and free coaches because I usually think you're glutton for punishment when signing up for another season. However, these last 2 seasons have been nothing short of woeful. The worst 2 I can remember in my nigh on 20 year career as a STH.
I don't get this slating of the boo boys as if it's something new.
The reactions at full time many times this year has been muted and disappointed. In the 80s I recall severe hostility towards all sorts of people including Mr Lyall.
I'd say we've been largely incredibly patient AGAIN this year. The turnout has been close to capacity most matches. We've been charged a fortune to watch dross and because we love the club (not the team, owners or manager), we'll be there next year.
I'd still rate Roeder's relegation year & Zola's last below this one.
Probably the last season under Lyall too, if I'm being honest.
It's mental that it has genuinely been *****, and yet I wouldn't swap the result and performances against the Spuds or Bin Dippers for almost ANY result or game during those.
But yeah, going down with that talent and in that manner in 2002-03 wont be beaten whatever the final outcome of this one is.
You make valid points however at least we got a bit of a run towards the end of 02/03 and, in a way, were unfortunate to go down on 42 points.
These last 2 years we've limped towards the finish. It was others incompetence that saved us last year and it would have to be something similar, and even more spectacular, to rescue us this time.
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