Sunday, December 31, 2006

An Unhappy Xmas & A Miserable New Year

After last years successful season, with the signing of Dean Ashton, an FA Cup final and qualifying for Europe, this season promised so much for West Ham.

The season started with a lacklustre win at home against a ten man Charlton side but then the signing of two World Cup stars Tevez and Mascherano raised expectations sky high again.

However it soon became clear that Pardew had no idea how to incorporate the Argentinians into his team and things went from bad to worse on the pitch. Despite this there were things to cheer off the pitch as the unpopular Brown finally sold the club and new owners came in promising a bright future.

The immediate future however saw West Ham performing even worse and it soon became apparent that there was discontent amongst some of the players. The club's new chairman acted quickly and decisively in sacking Pardew and then in appointing Alan Curbishley. The first game under the new manager saw a good home win against the league leaders but again this proved a new false dawn and West Ham soon returned to the same half-hearted approach to games that was seen under Pardew.

So what next? Obviously the club needs to bring in some new blood and the chairman seems keen to spend. We also have the return of Dean Ashton to look forward to. However I have seen my confidence raised and dashed too often this season and remain pessimistic about the rest of the season.

Dean Ashton's return now looks to have been put back until at least mid-February and it will be difficult in West Ham's current position to attract players of quality during the transfer window.

But it is New Year's Eve, so fuck it! Go out tonight, get off your head and have a Happy New Year. Things can only get better.

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