It is no secret to say that the pre-season form of our beloved West Ham United side, under the tutelage of Slaven Bilic, has uprooted few saplings, let alone trees. We have all consoled ourselves with discussion about the value and purpose of matches at this time of the year and it seems to me, when you are playing poorly, the rhetoric is all about fitness, game time and decent competitive action as opposed to the shape of things to come. Let’s hope that’s right because performances anywhere near as bad as those we have put together thus far will result in a season of struggle, without doubt.
Already the pundits are licking their lips at the prospect of lining up, in the post-Allardyce era, to say “I told you so” or “I said West Ham fans should be careful what they wished for…” as is evidenced by some of the recent idle speculation on outlets such as Talk Sport’s The Press Pass. (What they’ll never understand is that there are many of is who would rather be relegated playing the game in the right way rather than suffering any more of the turgid and prehistoric brand of football featured by Bilic’s predecessor, but that is perhaps a discussion for another day).