The Express say that a Wally is a good thing. They bizarrely claim that the appointment of Wally Downes led to West Ham keeping a clean sheet yesterday. The Express have never let the facts get in the way of a non-story.
I'm not saying Downes hasn't had some impact at West Ham but Wigan scored one goal, had a perfectly good goal disallowed and missed a penalty. I think the defensive frailties at West Ham were still there for everyone to see.
The News of the World claim that West Ham fear Carlton Cole is suffering from a chronic injury which is hampering his form. The club want to send Cole for tests on his knees to find out the reason for his lack of goals and fitness.
The People say that despite yesterday's win West Ham are still compiling a list of potential replacements. The list includes Glenn Hoddle and Dave Jones.
The People also claim that West Ham will sell Cole in January to keep hold of Scott Parker. It isn't exactly clear why Scott Parker would suddenly become an ex-West Ham player if Cole stays at the club. I think that their reasoning is that Parker will leave if West Ham are relegated and therefore West Ham need to sell Cole in January to buy players who will keep West Ham up.
The People also say that Gabbidon will be sold in January. Gabbidon is apparently wanted by West Brom and Birmingham and only has six months left on his contract.