Transfer Gossip

Come Back Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole: Missed

It is now clear that we are going to struggle to sign a marquee striker before deadline, unless we can shift out the likes of Taylor, Vaz Te or McCartney, or even all three. There is, of course another option, albeit an unlikely one. Bring back Carlton Cole. Ok, Ok, I know, but bear with me.

As I understand it, Carlton was offered a new contract but didn’t accept it. He felt he’d be better of pursuing other options. Well, so far that hasn’t quite worked for him. There have been suggestions that he might go to France, Turkey or the USA, or even to Crystal Palace. Now he might be playing a very skilful game of poker, who knows? But if we get to 31 August and Carlton hasn’t found a new home, I wonder whether Sam Allardyce might offer him a way back. Yes, he’d have to eat a bit of humble pie, and the deal may not be the one that was of offer in May, but what do you think he’d rather do, languish in the Championship or come back to a club that he has a real affinity with.

Carlton Cole may not be a prolific goalscorer, and last season didn’t have the best of times, but we all know he would give his all, and be a great understudy to a player who is notoriously injury prone. We could do far worse,


Video

David Gold: We Need Another Striker

This is David Gold’s interview with Sky Sports News last night. He is clear that we need another striker, but equally clear we’d have to sell a couple of players first. Ecxpect lots of last minute action!


Parish Notice

Site Update & Your Feedback

The site has now been live for 40 hours now and I’d like to thank everyone for the constructive feedback so far. The positivity has been excellent to observe and everyone who has reported problems has done it politely and without too much frustration. Many of the initial issues were resolved quite quickly, but there are still some issues remaining, so I thought I’d address some of them now and let you know what is happening.

MOBILE OPTIMISATION & TABLETS

As I have explained several times, the site is not yet optimised for most mobile phones. Those of you who use mobile phones have found it difficult to access or leave comments. This will be addressed as soon as possible, but it’s not an easy job. On iPads it works very well if you have the latest software update. Some say they find they can’t scroll through the comments properly on an iPad but that is because you have to wait for them to load properly before scrolling.

It is also not possible to edit your profile on iPads. That’s not our fault. It’s down to iPad technology, I’m afraid. Mobile devices don’t have upload picker fields, so I’m told!

SEEN ELSEWHERE

Do feel free to recommend interesting articles you have seen elsewhere for me to include in the sidebar. This innovation seems to be fairly popular. I will keep it as up to date as I can, but I can’t keep track of everything that appears on other sites.

COMMENTS

Some of you don’t like the fact that the original post isn’t viewbable on the Comments page any longer. I suspect this is partly because it’s not what you’re used to, but at some point we’ll offer the option.

We are now only allowing one level of nested comments. On the previous site it was unlimited. We felt it didn’t add anything and was difficult to follow, so we do not intend to restore this.

We will also be adding a LIKE button to each comment.

SWEARING

We will be introducing an optional swearing filter, although this is not yet active. We’re all adults and I swear like anyone else, but one of the assets of this site is that it hasn’t stooped to the depths of some others. However, rather than have an outright ban, we’ll give you the option of reading some swear words or not. If you choose not to they’ll be &%$£*() hidden like that! As I say, that’s to come shortly.

WHTID TWITTER FEED

For some reason the Twitter band underneath the banner was responsible for the site crashing intermittantly so we have removed it while we find another option. We’ll be making much more use of the Twitter feed, so if you don’t already follow it, do so @iaindalewestham.

OLD POSTS

We’ll be importing all the posts from the old site soon, but we don’t think we will be able to import the comments, although we’re going to try. There will be an Archive in the sidebar.

USER PROFILES

You will soon be able to add your favourite players and favourite First Elevens. There will be a few other fields to tell users about yourself and where you live, and how you came to support the Hammers.

COMMENT PAGE: WHY IS THE SPACE ON THE RIGHT NOT USED?

We have plans. Just saying. Some have asked for the comment boxes to be made bigger and stretched across the screen. We’re not going to do that as it would look ghastly. I won’t tell you what we have planned for this space yet as it probably won’t happen very quickly.

PICTURES

As you will have seen, we now intend to use pictures on the sites within posts. However, we have to be very careful not to breach copyrights. If you have any West Ham related pictures you think we might use which are copyright free, please do email them to me.

NEW WRITERS

I’m keen to recruit a couple of new writers to our team. I want this site to step up a gear now, and it’s just not possible for SJ Chandos and I to do it all by ourselves anymore. So if you fancy writing for us, do get in touch via the Contact button at the top of the page, ideally explainign what you think you’d be good at covering, and also maybe enclose a sample article.

CONCLUSION

And that’s it! Please do keep your feedback coming. We’ll be making lots of improvements and tweaks over the next few weeks, as time allows. We’re always very happy to entertain new ideas.


Player Performance Results

Joe Cole Wins WHTID Man of the Match v Cardiff

Well done to Joe Cole, and indeed Stewart Downing. Downing was only on the pitch for 20 minutes, but what an impact he made!


Interview

A Word From 'Our' Sponsor

Daniel Skowronski, CEO, Alpari UK

On Friday on my LBC 97.3 show I interviewed the chief executive of Alpari UK, Daniel Skowronski. His company sponsors West Ham’s shirts. You may remember I posted an email from him on the site earlier in the week.

He’s a very nice guy and has offered me tickets for the Alpari box to give away here. I shall have to think of a suitable way of doing that!


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