Poll

Poll: Should Sam Be Our Manager Next Season?

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Social media gives West Ham fans a voice. Sometimes that voice makes uncomfortable listening for those in power. Hundreds of thousands of us use social media to vent our views on all things West Ham most days of the week. It’s rare that we all come together as one but in a unique, probably one-off initiative, virtually all the most popular West Ham sites, blogs and forums have decided to come together and run a unique poll on Sam Allardyce’s future. It asks one significant question…

Should Sam Allardyce be retained as West Ham manager next season?

The participating sites are listed below. Between the sites we probably have more than a quarter of a million unique users each month between us. Maybe many more. We hope as many supporters as possible will take part. You will also be asked how often you go to a game, your age and where you live, just to ensure transparency and so we can’t be derided as armchair supporters who never watch a game.

Please only take part in this poll if you are a supporter of West Ham United Football Club. And please only vote once. Multiple votes will be rejected by the polling software. Each of the participating sites will publish the results of the poll simultaneously next Monday. The poll will close at 7pm on Sunday night The results will also be forwarded to David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady. Please spread the word and encourage all your West Ham supporting friends to register their vote…

VOTE HERE

Blowing Bubbles
Claret & Blues
Claret & Hugh
Ex-Hammers Magazine
Forever West Ham
Hammers in the Heart
Iron Views
KUMB
Moore Than Just a Club
Very West Ham
West Ham Fan
West Ham Online
West Ham Till I Die
West Ham World
WHU Stuff
WHUFCTV.com


Talking Point

Will Borriello, Nocerino and/or Armero be signed in the summer?

In the January transfer window, the club completed the triple loan signings of Serie A stars Marco Borriello (Roma), Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan) and Pablo Armero (Napoli). It is fair to say that, to date, none of the three loanees have been an unqualified success. The most disappointing signing is undoubtedly Borriello, by virtue of his appearances being severely limited by injury. While Armero has taken time to break in to the first team and is only now starting to appear on a regular basis. Finally, we have Nocerino, who has made the most first team of appearances of the three. However, the majority of these have been from the substitutes bench and this has made it difficult for the Italian international to both climatise to the English Premier League and achieve a level of match fitness and form. The exception being his recent start in the 3-1 away defeat to Arsenal, where he started in midfield, was instrumental in creating the West Ham goal and put in a good performance.

It is hard to assess Borriello due to his lack of first team appearances. And with his continuing injury problems, it is looking increasingly likely that Borriello will not be offered a West Ham contract at the end of the season. Armero’s initial time at the club was curious because, although we heard good reports of his performance in training, he did not make an immediate first team debut. More recently, he has achieved a breakthrough and looked comfortable in the first team. In particular, Armero has looked good going forward, down the left flank. There have, however, been question marks whether he is equally as proficient at the defensive aspect of the game. As demonstrated by the totally unnecessary penalty that he conceded against Palace. There is a suspicion that he is more suited to a wing-back role, as opposed to being deployed as a conventional full-back. Although admittedly that proposition needs to be tested further.

Then we come to Antonio Nocerino. Many commentators felt that Nocerino was West Ham’s best player, in the Arsenal match, and that it boded well for another start against Crystal Palace, the following Saturday. Yet, to the surprise of many, Nocerino was omitted from the side and found himself back on the substitutes bench. It is clear that Nocerino has ability, demonstrated by his credentials as an established Italian international and a player with notable Champions League experience. We saw a glimpse of his ability against Arsenal, the question is can he bring something new to the West Ham squad that might merit a deal?

With talk of West Ham making at least seven new signings in the summer, it is likely to be a busy transfer window. The question is whether any of our three Serie A loanees can earn themselves a permanent deal? At this juncture, one can fairly safely predict that the club will not take up the option of signing Borriello. So, its largely a question of whether deals will be struck for either Armero or Nocerino? Of these, I feel that Armero offers something different and could be an asset next season. Certainly, the speculation is that the club are impressed with the Columbian international and are intending to sign the player from Napoli. The situation with regard to Nocerino is somewhat less clear. He has stated that he would like a move to the club, but has he really had sufficient opportunity to stake a claim? Probably not.

So, my assessment is that there is a greater possibility that Armero will sign a permanent deal. However, Nocerino still has more to prove to clinch a move. Hopefully, Sam Allardyce will give Nocerino an opportunity to show just what he can do in the final three games of the season.

SJ. Chandos.


Poll

Poll Result: The Allardyce Succession - Laudrup, Bilic & Moyes Are the Fans' Favourites

These are the results of the poll I started yesterday, asking who you would most (and least!) like to see Sam Allardyce. More than 2,200 of you voted, which I think is a record. Ici les resultats…

Which of these potential successors to Sam Allardyce would you most like to see manage West Ham, if Sam Allardyce is sacked at the end of the season?

Michael Laudrup 22%
Slaven Bilic 21%
David Moyes 19%
Harry Redknapp 7%
Glenn Hoddle 6%
Eddie Howe 5%
Alan Pardew 5%
Roberto Di Matteo 5%
Malky Mackay 4%
Paolo Di Canio 3%
Steve Clarke 1%

All the others, including Zola, scored below 1%. Alex McLeish failed to get a single vote.

Which of these would you be quite happy with as West Ham manager? (tick all that apply)

Slaven Bilic 62%
Michael Laudrup 61%
David Moyes 51%
Roberto Di Matteo 34%
Harry Redknapp 31%
Malky Mackay 30%
Alan Pardew 29%
Glenn Hoddle 26%
Gus Poyet 20%
Eddie Howe 20%
Paolo Di Canio 18%
Steve Clarke 16%
Gianfranco Zola 14%
Tony Pulis 11%
Alan Curbishley 7%
Chris Hughton 7%

All the others scored under 5%.

Which of these potential West Ham managers would you never want to see managing the club? (tick as many as are relevant)

Alex McLeish 71%
Iain Dowie 66%
Tony Pulis 54%
Alan Curbishley 48%
Chris Hughton 42%
Lee Clark 29%
Harry Redknapp 36%
Paolo Di Canio 31%
Glenn Hoddle 28%
Alan Pardew 29%
Steve Clarke 28%
Gianfranco Zola 27%
Gus Poyet 24%
Eddie Howe 20%
Malky Mackay 20%
Roberto Di Matteo 15%
David Moyes 16%
Michael Laudrup 6%
Slaven Bilic 5%


Talking Point

Q&A with Eddie Bovington

Just recently I did a nostalgia article on Eddie Bovington who played for the Hammers in the 1960s. He was also a member of the 1964 FA Cup final winning side. Special thanks must go to ‘Big Sam’s Buddy’ who put me in touch with Eddie who was kind enough to allow me to conduct a Q&A article with him for the WHTID site. Eddie Bovington typifies what was the West Ham way and that is why it is such a pleasure to write articles on these icons of the club for WHTID. He worked his way through the academy and was a one club man, playing 184 games over an eight year period. Today is his birthday.

You made your debut just a few days before your 19th birthday at Old Trafford against Manchester United. What was that experience like and do you remember much from the game?
It was a marvelous experience, although a very daunting one, to make a debut at such an iconic ground as Old Trafford and to play against such players as Denis Violet, Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Harry Gregg, all survivors of the Munich Air Crash. The pace of the game seemed so fast for the opening 20 minutes and then settled down. Although we lost 5 – 3 I think it was a fairly good debut.

You played in the same side as Moore, Hurst and Peters. What was that like?
Playing with 3 world cup winners was a privilege and made me appreciate what fine players they were.

I guess the 1964 Cup Final was probably the highlight of your career Eddie – what was special about that day and was there any other match that compared?
The Cup Final for most boys is a life time dream. It is something that the ordinary boy in the street never expects to achieve. The semi-final against Manchester United was also very special because we were rank outsiders. Nothing compares with the old Wembley Stadium for atmosphere. It is only photos that remind me of the wonderful lap of honour which was over much too soon.

You hung the boots up at the relatively early age of 28. Any regrets?
Retiring at 28 years of age was planned because I had no offers from first division clubs, only lower league. I had been working in the family retail business part-time for the last two years of my contract.

Is there one good or funny story you can share with us from your time at West Ham?
Nothing printable.

I know you were a keen marathon runner after life with West Ham, but what keeps you busy now Eddie? Do you enjoy any hobbies?
I had a replacement hip 9 years ago so had to stop running but was cycling outdoors. However for the last 4 years I cycle 125 km a week and row 5km a week in the gym.

Do you still follow the Hammers and what do make of the current team and playing style?
Once a Hammer always a Hammer. I do not go to games very often but will be going on the 19th April to the Crystal Palace game as I have been invited by the Club to celebrate 50 years since the Preston Final. The playing style is not to my liking.

Are you pro the Olympic Stadium move or would you prefer the club to stay at Upton Park?
Upton Park is West Ham and the atmosphere of the Boleyn Ground will be lost forever, so I am not a fan of moving to the Olympic Stadium

Who was the best player you ever played with and who was the best you played against?
I think Bobby Moore was the most inspirational because he was so calm and led by example. I cannot pick out one player but would like to name three of the best that I played against. Denis Law, Bobby Charlton and my favourite Jimmy Greaves.

You were in the team for the very first match I saw against Burnley in 1967. Do you keep in touch with any of the Hammers you played with in the sixties?
See each other when occasionally invited back to Upton Park. Was recently at Brian Dear’s 70th birthday party with Ken Brown, Martin Peters, Frank Lampard, Jack Burkett, Roger Hugo, Martin Britt and Roger Cross.

Is there any message you would like to leave the West Ham fans that read WHTID?
I would like to thank all the fans for their loyal support during the good times and mostly bad times.

It is a special day for Eddie today, and I would like to wish him a very happy birthday from all at WHTID. Thanks for the memories Ed.


Poll

Poll: Who Would You Like to See Succeed Sam Allardyce?

There’s a lot of chatter around today about the possibility of Sam Allardyce leaving West Ham at the end of the season. Hugh Southon on Claret & Hugh, who is very well connected, speculates that his number will be up if we don’t improve on our existing 37 points. Who knows?

If the owners did indeed reach the decision that Sam is not the man to take us forward, then who would you like to see take over?

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There are three very simple, self explanatory questions.


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