Today, a guest post from BOMAD. I have known Bomad as a personal friend for many years and we have often locked horns as he is naturally much more circumspect, more grown up, more of a pragmatist than I. He supported Allardyce until very near to the end, for example. He has long been a supporter of Messrs Gold and Sullivan in terms of his view that they ‘saved’ our club when it was in grave danger of going into administration. So, when I got a call last week to say that he’s had enough and felt compelled to write and email to me that he’d appreciate if I tidied up and I could feel free to post as a thread, I grew intrigued. Here’s the result:
I am finding my current mood being dominated by our club; sadness.
I for one dislike our new home but this is probably due to the fact
I hate my seats – band 2 admittedly but I require binoculars and oxygen
when I sit there. A different seat and I admit I may get to like
Let me get straight to the point; where has my West Ham gone? I am forever grateful to our owners for saving us and I firmly believe that if they hadn’t have stepped in we would have gone bust but for Ms Brady to state that we are ‘customers’ last week and not
mention us as fans is a step too far for me. I am crestfallen that brand West Ham seems to have become just a business.
Even as a business though, how well are we being run? I find transfer windows particularly stressful with our name being thrown around like confetti in connection with every conceivable deal there is.
And this is where a huge problem lies; we seem to bid for players but do
not want to pay the going rate. Defoe for instance; Hogan and
Dembele too. So I implore them, “Owners, if you want a player – PAY the going rate!”
Everton have just paid £11m for the Charlton kid – and yes they got
him quickly and without fuss because they paid what was necessary. It isn’t hard and the name of the club is not splattered across the social media networks for all and sundry to laugh at whilst failing to land any ‘targets’.
Then we do things like going back for a player that we could have picked up on a
free. Ayew, for example. We didn’t sign him 18 months ago because of his alleged salary demands but decided he was then worth £20.5M just 6 months ago with a
slightly lower wage? Who (tf) is making these decisions? If we are indeed
now a business – sack them for goodness’ sake! (I hear we have been offered £20M for
him this week – TAKE it so that we can pay out the money required
for the players we need). I also happen to know we could have acquired Defoe before he went to Sunderland and he was gagging to come back to us!!!
The summer transfer window was a complete shambles and January HAS
to be better or the people in charge need to be removed. Henry has a
lot to prove – if, of course, he actually is charge of recruitment. Last year
we got lucky perhaps with Payet and Lanzini – this year????
We still need a right back and goal scorer and have needed these 2
positions filled for more than 3 transfer windows consecutively – what is going on?
To be honest, I preferred it when we did our business quietly and efficiently even
when we had no money although if I am very much mistaken did we not
have the world’s most expensive goalkeeper back in the day when we
were run like a football club.
Oh how times change. But the owners of our great club need to understand that although football is now a business it is still our football club and we would like to be known as fans not customers and that if they, the owners really are also fans, things need to be done in the right way. And that means not doing everything on the cheap, for a start (we have
just bid a mere £3m for Snodgrass! Obviously been told where to stick it. What a laughing stock we have become.
I did the stadium tour recently; Its not a home for football and everything is so clearly done on a budget – do the tour yourself and you’ll know what I mean.
Sorry rant over.