Talking Point

Let's Use Fan Power & Social Media to Support Andy Carroll's Appeal

You all saw it. There is no way Andy Carroll deserved to be sent off for that incident with the Dirty One, aka Chico Flores. The club are launching an appeal to the FA. I’ve never suggested this before, but I think the FA need to understand the depth of feeling among us all about the travesty of Howard Webb’s decision. Let’s not be tough on Webb. He’s a top class referee and I think he will also acknowledge it should have been a yellow and not a red. So let’s all calmly tweet the FA or email them and explain why you think they should accept West Ham’s appeal. Do it in your own words. Don’t just copy what others write.

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Get tweeting and emailing!

Talking Point

The Maiga Deal: Who Pays What?

Maiga’s last minute transfer deadline day loan deal for the remainder of the season is believed to be a typical Harry Redknapp bargin basement deal with QPR only picking up around 50% of the players wages.

Maiga is believed to earn £30,000 basic per week but with performance related bonuses his earning potential can reach £38,000 per week.

The loan deal with QPR is understood to be around half his basic wage at £15,000 per week plus further payments for appearances and goals.QPR will also the option to buy him permanently at the end of the season for a discounted price believed to be around £3 million.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp explained that he feels the move can be beneficial for both parties, commenting: “His confidence is perhaps a bit low at the moment but I think he could come in here and do very well.”

Maiga said “It is an exciting new chapter for me. I am here to play games and score goals”

Maiga scored an important goal for QPR on his debut earning QPR a draw.

Guest Post

Another Meet Up for WHTID Readers

From Safehands

In December, some of the WHTID community met in a pub after the Sunderland game and we enjoyed it so much, we agreed to meet again before the end of the season.

It’ll be on 8 March after the Hull City game at The Miller’s Well, 419-421 Barking Road (from the ground, go towards Barking and it’s about 100 yards on the left past East Ham High Street) – children are allowed until 9 pm.

All are welcome and I hope you can come along. If you think you can go, let me know as it’s useful to alert the pub as to how many of us there are likely to be. They were really good last time putting us in contact with each other as we didn’t have a clue what each of us looked like!

Looking forward to seeing you then – COYI!

Talking Point

Rat leaves by mutual consent

Razvan Rat had his contract terminated by mutual content on Friday after just six short months at West Ham. He joined on a free transfer from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk on a one year contract with a option to extend 2 or 3 years. Rat is believed to have earned £30,000 per week in wages so it will release the equivalent of £1.5m off the annual wage bill going forward although he was only contracted until the summer and his compromise agreement is believed to be around 75% of his remaining wages until the end of his contract in May.

Just last month Rat said his time at West Ham United “ends” if we are relegated.The Romania left back was questioned about commitment by fans after only arriving only in the summer.

Rat told the Express a few weeks ago “There are some clauses and conditions in my contract but one thing is sure, my contract ends if West Ham are relegated, I will be fighting to keep West Ham in the Premier League. I have a wife and three-year-old daughter to look after. But I try to keep my family away from what I do. They must only the know the good part of my job. They need to feel only the good part of football.This is my job and I am trying to do my best for me and my family and also the player that the fans want to see. I want my family to read in the papers how good a performance Razvan Rat had.”

It understood his contract also included a clause to automatically extend his contract by 2 years if he played at least 60% of games this season. Rat played in 20 games and was dangerously close to that 27 game trigger clause.

It has also been rumoured that Allardyce had a major fall out with Rat after he told Sam he was embarrassed to play for a club that always lost! It is claimed he recently worsened that relationship by not following Sam team talks or instructions by playing a more attacking forward role than the manager gave him then tried to blame the misunderstanding on the language barrier. When Rat signed Sam was quoted as saying “He speaks perfect English, which he taught himself, and that shows the discipline and the character of the man”

I understand he was offered out to other teams during the transfer window but there were no takers so we offered him a compromise agreement to free up a squad place and slightly reduce the wage bill.

The Sun used the headline pun ‘Rat leaves sinking ship’ I think the ship is far more sea worthy without him and gives us a better chance to stay afloat this season.

Guest Post

Open Letter: I Cannot Be Optimistic About West Ham's Future

From Tim Lovegrove

Dear Iain,

I have become increasingly concerned at the plight our of club, and have written a letter detailing my concerns about our Transfer Policy. Would it be possible for you to forward this Letter to David Sullivan?

I have been reading West Ham Till I Die for many years, although I rarely post. I write now, as a West Ham fan of many years as I feel completely disappointed and somewhat puzzled again at our Transfer Activity, not only in this window, but in previous windows under the current board.

The signing of Marco Borriello, a 31 year old who has scored 1 goal this season, to solve our goal scoring problems I find quite frankly unbelievable. Considering our struggle to score goals stretches way back into last season, our failure to rectify this problem again leaves me very unoptimistic for the future. I would be surprised if this player scored even a goal for our beloved club. What further irritates me is our failure to land any striker we seem to go for. From quality players such as Lacina Traore and Kostas Mitroglau this January, to Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba in the summer to name just a few, our club continuously loses out to others clubs on strikers. Our board seem so desperate to pursue loan signings to save money that we are always destined to sign players not of adequate standard.

Whilst I totally understand that signing players is an incredibly difficult business, it appears other clubs do not find it as difficult as we do. I shall use Fulham as an example. Despite being below us in the Barclays Premier League, they have managed to secure Johnny Heitinga from Everton, who rejected us based on league position. Likewise, they have signed Kostas Mitroglau from Olympiakos, a proven goalscorer, which proves that quality players will join clubs in a relegation battle. Also, if our interest in the player was genuine, why did we wait until 31st January to declare an interest given our longstanding failure to score goals? Equally, if we were prepared to spend £12m on this player, why could these funds not be spent elsewhere on other players of similar quality?

I list below all the striker signed by David Sullivan and David Gold during their time at West Ham:

1. Benni McCarthy
2. Araujo Ilan
3. Mido
4. Freddie Piquionne
5. Victor Obinna
6. Demba Ba
7. Robbie Keane
8. John Carew
9. Sam Baldock
10. Nicky Maynard
11. Modibo Maiga
12. Andy Carroll
13. Marouane Chamakh
14. Wellington Paulista
15. Mladen Petric
16. Marco Borriello

Can anyone realistically look at this list of strikers and claim any of them have been a long-term success in terms of scoring goals? Whilst I was delighted that we signed Andy Carroll, that signing now appears a misjudgement, based on the large fee paid and his injury record. Based on the above list, I would like our board to review their policy of signing large numbers of cheap strikers, and focus on paying good money, like Fulham have with Mitroglu, for quality players.

Whilst Pablo Armero is a player I look forward to seeing play at Upton Park, the signing of Roger Johnson, from League One Wolves, and a player with 3 relegations on his CV leaves much to be desired. Whilst Antonio Nocerrino is a good player, I would question his aptitude for a 15 game battle for our Premier League lives. Indeed, I eagerly anticipate how many games he will actually start for West Ham United. Given Sam Allardyce’s continuous selection of Kevin Nolan, I would be surprised if became a regular in our side. This signing is yet again evidence of the short-termism that seems to have developed at Upton Park under our current board. With the exception of Andy Carroll, there have been little, long-term investments in our team. Also, our reluctance to sign younger players means our long term future does not appear bright.

Whilst I question Sam Alladyce’s suitability to continue as West Ham manager based on results this season, and the signings he has made, I also believe the board’s failure to back him with anything more than a loan signing in this window is not only extremely disappointing for supporters, but shows a reluctance to back the manager. Whilst of course the manager is responsible for our failure in the transfer market, demonstrated again by Razvan Rat’s release just 6 months after signing, the limited finance he has had available, means he has been forced to sign players perhaps he ideally would not want to. Given the increased revenue in the Premier League with the new TV deal, our lack of spending is all the more disappointing.

Whilst I will support the team passionately throughout the challenging games that await us, I personally feel the current board’s short-term approach, with a reluctance to spend money on quality additions to the squad, leaves us in an extremely perilous position. As a keen reader of West Ham Til I Die, a site I believe in general provides fair and honest debate about West Ham, I believe my views are shared by many supporters. I would like the board to reconsider their transfer policy whatever the outcome at the end of the season to concentrate on quality signings for the long term to really give our club a sustained and bright future in the Premier League. Otherwise I foresee continued troubles for the club we all love for years to come.

Yours sincerely

Tim Lovegrove

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