Tuesday, March 04, 2008

West Ham Not Giving Up on Europe

Lucas Neill has urged the West Ham team to 'keep believing' that they can qualify for the UEFA cup. The Daily Mirror says that West Ham have decided not to enter the Intertoto cup, unless Chelsea or Manchester United win the FA Cup. Therefore West Ham will have to finish in the top five to get into Europe.


At 12:07 PM, Anonymous greendressinDUBLIN said...

after all of the complaining you do regarding the daily mail, i feel bad to even acknowledge any of what they say that is repeated here. however, i don't understand why Chelsea or Manchester United winning the cup would/should impact/dictate West Ham's next move.

could you please clarify that line of thinking?

At 1:01 PM, Anonymous portugal said...

if it does turn out that even 6th place wud still not be gud enuf to qualify, i think the run-in remains very important in terms of building confidence for next season,and accumulating prize money for how high we finish in the league which cud be reinvested in the transfer market. What we receive for 10th , as opposed to 7th place may not be massively different ,but whatever the figure is, it cud come in handy this summer

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Keir Clarke said...

I'm not sure why we would wait on Manure or Chelski. If they win the cup I think that means sixth place would qualify for Europe - seventh place would then be the Intertoto place??? So West Ham presumably think seventh is a realistic target but sixth isn't.

Anyway I have read a number of times on forums that entry for the Intertoto is now closed for next season. Which would mean we couldn't apply anyway.

At 6:31 PM, Anonymous greendressinDUBLIN said...

thank you very much for your responses.

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous portugal said...

in terms of what neill said ,something to throw into the mix is that i think the remainder of the season is very important to curbishley s future at the club. to finish with between 57 and 60 points wud see his job safe regardless of how unattractive the style of football is that we play to get there. to finish below 50 points ,especially if that were to be coupled with overly-conservative football,wud i think put his job in jeopardy.

i ll add that ,prior to the Chelsea fixture,i DON T feel that the man has been too "negative" or conservative,but clearly ,at that fixture ,the tactics WERE too negative. I m prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. But too many more performances where the stadium is empty with 20 minutes left to go, and i think the owner wud begin to ask questions. the club doesn t sell as much merchandise etc. when fans are disenchanted with what they re seeing. i hope curbishley does well,and i believe that the guy is 110 per cent committed,but i think he faces a battle to make sure that he still has the job come july.


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