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by Graza
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why modern football is broken beyond repair
Replies: 104
Views: 4678

Re: Why modern football is broken beyond repair

One player in the squad. Someone who that season had played 29 times for the Champions of England and who could play CM and full back. Not really indicative of big club bias more Southgate picking an experienced player and leader who would add to the environment of the squad and be able to play in ...
by Graza
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why modern football is broken beyond repair
Replies: 104
Views: 4678

Re: Why modern football is broken beyond repair

Crouchend_Hammer wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:13 am
No idea where this big club bias for England selection comes from anymore either. Southgate has proven time after time that he will pick from wherever to create a squad.
The 2018 squad had Delph in it.
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by Graza
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why modern football is broken beyond repair
Replies: 104
Views: 4678

Re: Why modern football is broken beyond repair

And these are exactly the comments I find interesting. Everyone is in full agreement the club game is ****ed with the same teams winning the leagues by bigger and bigger and margins every year and yet there’s a never ending stream of vague, non-specific complaints about international football getti...
by Graza
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why modern football is broken beyond repair
Replies: 104
Views: 4678

Re: Why modern football is broken beyond repair

It’s interesting that given all the excellent points made in both the article and this thread, that international football gets so much negative comment, especially on this site. International football is relatively well insulated from the problems destroying club football. There are far more peaks...
by Graza
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why modern football is broken beyond repair
Replies: 104
Views: 4678

Re: Why modern football is broken beyond repair

Football is no longer a sport - it's purely a business We might as well stop there. The sums involved, the prestige, it all matters more than the sporting contest to the point that there is no interest in it being a sporting contest and actual sportsmanship has been supplanted by gamesmanship (chea...
by Graza
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why modern football is broken beyond repair
Replies: 104
Views: 4678

Re: Why modern football is broken beyond repair

Super Post , Graza - agree with your every word . I enjoy a good rant :lol: Longer than that really. How many clubs have risen up and performed a sporting miracle (rather than a financial one) since the 60s,;5 or 6 maybe? The real difference today is that money and regulation is allowing the big cl...
by Graza
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why modern football is broken beyond repair
Replies: 104
Views: 4678

Re: Why modern football is broken beyond repair

hammerman11 wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:39 am
once competition is removed and the dream that your club may one day win something then football will die.
Then it died 20+ years ago...
by Graza
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why modern football is broken beyond repair
Replies: 104
Views: 4678

Re: Why modern football is broken beyond repair

It's an interesting piece and it made me think about the number of games I watch. I have never watched the European Cups in the last decade bar a couple of finals with friends and then I was getting Dru k not watching the games. I don't watch many live games that don't include West Ham anymore, the ...
by Graza
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lucas Pérez
Replies: 599
Views: 51658

Re: Lucas Pérez

He was 4th choice striker. He didn't want to be 4th choice striker How were we supposed to make him stay? In fairness had he stayed he'd have been 1st choice as everyone else was leaving, then 2nd once Haller came in. He'd have seen a lot more pitch time than he had in years and much more than Ajet...
by Graza
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possible Takeover Bid ?
Replies: 386
Views: 25836

Re: Possible Takeover Bid ?

Whilst this is true, the gaps in the Stade de France are a lot bigger than ours even, especially behind the goals. However it is fair to say it looks a lot more joined up around the seating areas than ours could ever be. Ultimately though, a converted athletics stadium is never really suitable for ...
by Graza
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possible Takeover Bid ?
Replies: 386
Views: 25836

Re: Possible Takeover Bid ?

If you take a few things as read: 1) That no-one would build a stadium that was significantly smaller than now (i.e. no going back to a 35k seater). 2) That despite the cockney diaspora to some of the home counties, to relocate the club outside of London would be wrong. 3) That due to point 1 and t...
by Graza
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possible Takeover Bid ?
Replies: 386
Views: 25836

Re: Possible Takeover Bid ?

Skandi Brudson wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:35 pm
Owners facing rising unrest among supporters and press showing an interest.

Suddenly there’s a takeover in the offing and a former fan favourite returns as a coach.

Call me a cynical old b*llocks but ......
fan favourite is strong...
by Graza
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: ⚽ Manchester City v West Ham United:Match thread (19/02)
Replies: 1548
Views: 57645

Re: ⚽ Manchester City v West Ham United: MATCH POSTPONED (09/02)

I've only just got wind of this..... :oops: Can we have a point each please? Good news IMO. Time for a couple more to get fit? VAR says no 15 points to Man City to make the league interesting and immediate relegation for West Ham for not fulfilling their match obligations and messing up sky program...
by Graza
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possible Takeover Bid ?
Replies: 386
Views: 25836

Re: Possible Takeover Bid ?

Faithless wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:23 am
You honestly think we currently have a consistent transfer and youth policy?
We have zero youth policy. With potless owners who are actually trying to build the club, accepting that we are the size we are we would be buying similar talent to achieve basically the same result.
by Graza
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Big Sale
Replies: 48
Views: 2413

Re: The Big Sale

I’ve posted this in another thread however I think it justifies its own.. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/feb/07/west-ham-david-moyes-declan-rice The most worrying thing in that is the last line where Moyes is trying to frame the **** results, underinvestment and general shithousery from ...
by Graza
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday Carlos Sanchez
Replies: 54
Views: 1472

Re: Happy Birthday Carlos Sanchez

Happy Birthday, Carlos. I may be in the minority, but I'm glad he's here. Much the same as Dailly and Pantsil before him, some players are so bad that they become a source of hilarity rather than horror. Thank you for helping me to find joy in this dark, dark world Mr Sanchez. Carlos "the useless s...
by Graza
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possible Takeover Bid ?
Replies: 386
Views: 25836

Re: Possible Takeover Bid ?

i'm not interested new owners that don't put a stadium fit for west ham as number one of their todo list. call me a choosy beggar but we got into this state by not being more demanding when the whole club killing operation was in motion. i don't even want something like the new WHL or everton groun...
by Graza
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possible Takeover Bid ?
Replies: 386
Views: 25836

Re: Possible Takeover Bid ?

I very much doubt there is the patience around for the club to be run in the old ways. Lets say, the club was well run by a good set of owners, but not mega rich. Good relationships with fans, a consistent transfer and youth policy and a commitment to deliver a new but intimate feel ground within 1...
by Graza
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possible Takeover Bid ?
Replies: 386
Views: 25836

Re: Possible Takeover Bid ?

Perhaps. A face lift would probably suffice. The satellite shots of the toilet bowl with Arsenal's gaff inside it shows what needs to be done to make it even a rentakit stadium like theirs. With sufficient money you could just build new stands inside the structure (and put a roof on it that actuall...
by Graza
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possible Takeover Bid ?
Replies: 386
Views: 25836

Re: Possible Takeover Bid ?

I entirely disagree with this mate. I don't see how any club that starts out in a tiny little stadium from the embers of something bigger, could ever grow into one that could fill 30k+ in any of our lifetimes. How could it? Nobody would be able to go to games bar a few thousand to start with and an...