Guest Post

Worst West Ham manager of all time? Surely there can only be one man for this crown?

Up to David Moyes’ appointment as Hammers boss in November, only 15 managers had the privilege of occupying the hot seat on a permanent basis.

This month Blowing Bubbles has put them under the microscope to come up with definitive all-time rankings.

In their quest, no stone was left unturned to come up with decisive results and now, in their latest issue, the results are in their January issue.

Whilst competition at the top of the charts may be tough – Lyall or Redknapp? Greenwood or Bonds? – when it comes to the crown of worst manager in West Ham history, there is one stand-out candidate. Manager number unlucky 13 – Avram Grant.

Editor David Blackmore said: "When he was at Chelsea, Grant guided the Blues to the Champions League final, only for John Terry’s night in Moscow to famously end in tears.

“In his one season in charge of West Ham, 2010-11, there were no finals – but plenty to cry about. The Israeli’s year at the helm was painful to endure, with a team bereft of ideas or motivation finishing rock bottom of the table, suffering their second relegation in eight years.

“Fortunately, however, Grant was the exception to the rule, and most West Ham managers have produced some memorable moments in their time in charge.”

Find out who sits where in the pecking order, and who has been crowned the ultimate boss of bosses for West Ham, be sure to read the latest edition of Blowing Bubbles


Guest Post

George Parris: "We need to learn to win ugly with so many winnable games in January"

Former Irons favourite George Parris says it is time for West Ham fans to stop being sniffy – and to be happy with winning ugly, if that is what it takes.

The recent 2-1 win over West Brom was hardly one for the purists but after disappointing results against Newcastle and Bournemouth, a win, however it came about, was just what the doctor ordered.

In his exclusive column for Blowing Bubbles magazine, Parris says that win – and the 1-1 draw with Spurs – were the ideal start to the new year. “It was key that we got the result against West Brom, and followed that with a valuable point against Spurs,” he wrote. “Now we’re in the midst of a run of games against teams around us. It’s really important we pick up as many points as we can. If it’s a choice between getting beat or playing scrappy and getting the points, I know what I’d take!”

For more from George Parris, the thoughts of goalkeeping legend and an exclusive interview with two-time West Ham player Don Hutchison – as well as every manager in the club’s history, rated and ranked – pick up a copy of the new Blowing Bubbles, out now


News

Phil Parkes: "As hard as it is, we really need to get behind the players - otherwise we're doomed"

Two-time FA Cup winner Phil Parkes says fans and the club need to come together in the face of the adversity currently besetting West Ham.

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Inconsistent performances, poor results and a barrage of criticism for manager Slaven Bilic and the club’s owners have made for an uncomfortable season so far, but writing in his exclusive column for Blowing Bubbles, the legendary Irons keeper said it was vital that West Ham remained United.

“A couple of decent results can change everything and it remains early in the season,” he wrote. “However the performances have been poor by and large and something needs to change pretty quickly.

“Fingers crossed the results will start coming, and in the meantime we all need to stay behind the team. We’re all Hammers and can’t become a house divided. That is the quickest way to disaster.”

For more thoughts and views from Phil Parkes, pick up a copy of the latest edition of Blowing Bubbles – out now
http://www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/read-our-latest-issue.html


Interview

"Strikers have it too easy these days and yet West Ham still can't get the most out of theirs" - Tony Cottee

Tony Cottee has told Blowing Bubbles Monthly that modern interpretation of the rules has made a striker’s life easier than it was in the past – but West Ham need to find someone to partner Javier Hernandez up front to make the most of that situation.

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The Mexican has scored four goals so far in West Ham colours but a seeming uncertainty about where he fits in in the team has cost him more chances, and Cottee, one of the club’s greatest ever strikers, says he needs more help.

“Defenders used to be able to take two or three digs at you before they’d even be considered for yellow cards – nowadays if they make one mistake they’re booked and that obviously benefits the forwards, which makes it easier…. But playing with someone gives you more options. It gives the midfield and defenders more options.”

For more thoughts from Tony Cottee, including what he thinks the future holds for his old team-mate Slaven Bilic, a look back at some of the club’s best and worst keepers over the years, and analysis of where it all went wrong for Diafra Sakho, be sure to get a “copy of the new edition of Blowing Bubbles – out now”:http://www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/read-our-latest-issue.html


Interview

Blowing Bubbles Monthly Exclusive: Pele on his love for Bobby Moore and joining West Ham

Legendary three-time World Cup winner Pele has teased West Ham fans with the thought that he could have teamed up alongside close friend and adversary Bobby Moore in claret and blue.

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Pele resisted the advances of Europe’s finest clubs in the 1960s and 70s to stay with his beloved Santos, before a stint with New York Cosmos, and in an exclusive interview with Blowing Bubbles he spoke of his close relationship with Moore.

“I never wanted to leave Brazil – but I loved Bobby,” he said. “He was a great player, a talented player and I kept telling people ‘look at this guy, he’s like a Brazilian’ – good ball control, great dribbling ability. He was a very nice guy, a fair player and I always compare him with the likes of Beckenbauer and Cruyff.”

Moore and Pele, famously pictured swapping shirts after the England v Brazil game at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, did play together in America in the 1970s, and then again in legendary all-star football film Escape to Victory.

To find our more about this, as well as Pele’s views on Cristiano Ronaldo, his enduring love affair with the World Cup – and winning it three times – as well as all the latest news, views and discussions around West Ham, read the “latest edition of Blowing Bubbles”:http://www.blowing-bubbles.co.uk/read-our-latest-issue.html


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