Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs of being 3,473 Miles from Upton Park and West Ham United (Aug 2011 - May 2016)
Soon as I saw it on BBC Sports - I was "where's me scissors, glue and paints" and in the meantime I couple of comments were made of the Sepptic thread, copied below:Mr SmittyJune 9, 2015 at 6:20 AMLooks like it's Super Slav. Get no complaints from me.I reckon he'll do OKReplyDeleteFilthy RichJune 9, 2015 at 7:49 AMBiesla would"ve been fun- but Bilic has to be an improvement. I'm just so glad BFS has goneReplyDeleteMr SmittyJune 9, 2015 at 8:10 AMI'm wid you Filth. I almost don't care if we lose every game as long as we go down swingin. Well obviously I do but you all know what I mean. I couldn't watch any of that crap anymore.Wonder if he'll have a rethink and get Nene back and give him a real go. If West Brom pick him up as I saw somewhere they might I bet he punts a few in against usReplyDelete
Few comments in the Septic thread about this. You were well snappy with a Saitch on this Mr P.As said I'm all for it, I didn't care much who came in as long as the FF went out, but Billic is fine with all of us down at the YMCA.
The right man for us right now I reckon Smitty - knows what he's getting into. On KUMB they're also talking about Steve Potts as No.2 - a wind up ? I have no idea, but Macho Man's gonna be busy ! The Hallelujah Europa cup starts in less than a month !
Maybe not bang on right, but a better than average punt.I think the Europa cup will be much better than dodgy preseason games against New Zealanders. I think it will tell it we go far into it and our league position will suffer, but a few games and out would be great.
Did/Does the "bang on right" manager for West Ham exist Smitty ? "fooball is a game of risks" the mighty John Lyall would say - let's have some football then ! COME ON YOU IRONS !
Nope, prolly not.But we have got a chance at some real footie.
Quick on the draw mr P! Looks like it'll be party time for all the final Boleyn season! "We want you, We want you, we want you as a new recruit"...........So we got the gaffer now who's he going to recruit?
You Need Loot To Recruit Filthy and I wouldn't be surprised if Bilic wants to pull a couple of faces from his recent endeavours. Also looks like we're trying to court Remy from the Chel$ki bench, but we won't be the only ones serenading him (with Lute, I mean Loot accompaniment).
Remy would be good. Not sure they'll let him go. I thought the Brady bunch had sanctioned 20 odd mil? Maybe I was a fool to believe that!
I think the figure was 25 Million Filthy, I wonder who he'll get rid of to top that up ? Jarvis has got to be a candidate to go surely ?
http://www.kumb.com/story.php?id=128632Charlie for Jarvis & a few bob. Done !! As far as I'm concerned.
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How big a difference can a new manager make with this team? Doesn't seem like enough time to implement a new system.
Welcome to Saitch Cranberry & Blue, I don't feel like most of the team is locked into any particular style of play, although there's bound to be some teething issues. With a few additions I reckon Bilic can make a football team out of them fairly swiftly. How well the backs can adapt to playing the ball out from the back is my only serious issue.
I see we've landed a new Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang, although Happiness doesn't know what he looks like. H is a nice chap, so we'll put it down to dodgy eyesite and/or old age. I know nothing of Pedro, other than his name has been knocked about on KUMB for a few days.
Jarvis with "some" dosh for Charlie Austin sounds good to me too Smitty, but if QPR value him at 15M, a lot would depend on what trade in value for Jarvis would be acceptable ?
I'm glad everyone seems to be happy with the new manager. Slaven Bilic? Sounds like he comes from Transylvania to me.
He's Croatian Clueless and a former West Ham player with plenty to prove as a manager. Here's hoping he can make his case with us. He's also a big music fan, but past experience has taught me to have low expectations when it comes to footballers' tastes.
Jarvis, Mr P , on past form 2 bob, realistically for a Championship side prolly 4-5 Mil trade in. I don't think they'd get 15 for him. Perhaps they'd take a slightly used AC unit with Nobbys on? Gotta be worth 15?Transylvania, clueless, I'd take anyone who knows how to go for the throat.C&B, compared to the Fat One anyone would make a difference, I was waiting for a call myself and if the votes had been counted I probably would have got in over him. Even if he fails miserably he'd fail swingin, and that's all most of us ask.
What's the sp on AC? You don't want AC with CA(ustin) they're cut from a similar cloth.Personally I'd ditch AC for CA any day, but will the income from AC match the outlay for CA? Otherwise" keep it on the ground" so that one of AC or CA can finish off the midfield moves. Otherwise bring back CC for the 3rd time to do the same.
Filthy, for me the essential difference between Carroll and Austin, is that Austin actually plays football on a regular basis and therefore scores more goals ! I would imagine the Brady Bunch will have asked Slaven to see what he can do with AC between now and January. But even then surely, injury has good to be planned for - nit's more likely than not, no ?
Also CA is slightly more than a 90% one trick pony no matter how many games he plays.If he can't get rid of AC then if he only plays him against clubs who don't have big backs who can shut him down he might be useful and may last most of a season. Expensive 1 in 3 games player but there ya go , the Legacy of Sam
Not sure you can lay AC entirely "on the Legacy of Sam" Smitty, I think The Brady Bunch were more than keen and most of the support happy when he first arrived - not sure that there was much complaining when he signed at the end of his loan from LIverpool.
I thought everybody knew 99% of the pear shaping is / was Sam's fault. In this case I'm sure they wouldn't have bothered if Sam hadn't been punting him everyday and we all bought the idea that his buddy Nobby would keep him off the extracaricular activities. So 99% again.As to the support, even I thought he looked good on paper, and it's ill mannered to call him a pillock before he does something pillocky
Next season's fixtures have been announced and we kick-off away to The Gooners on August 8th. As for as The Premiership goes Bilic will be slung in at the deep end. Is it my imagination or are Arsenal a bit slow out the traps ? Be a top shelf first scalp if we done them away - be top shelf if we do them at all - been a while.
They can be slow to start. It would be the perfect beginning and set the tone for the season if....It's a long time until then!
That means plenty of time to dream Filthy and with the Europa coming up in July (fixtures announced next Monday) we may even have an opportunity to raise our already unrealistic expectations higher. It's Bubbles Time....
I always think we have a chance especially early doors, but we usually mess it up somehow. Hopefully SS will get us revved and get the steamroller rollin.If he puts AC up front though I'll kill him myself, he's never even made a dent against them as I recall.
Will AC even be fit by August 8th Smitty ? If so then he'll probably have enough time to injure himself again.
Hopefully he will be so we can flog him to someone.
There were a couple of stories about a return to Tyneside, but AC's just become a Dad so I'm not sure what his partner would think about a move up there (assuming she's from the South East) ? I have no problem with Bilic giving him a spin, but I fear fitness is always going to be an issue. I don't think The Brady Bunch will get their dosh back on this one.
Essex babe so I understand, with a mansion of the most horrific decor known to man so he'll have to commute. He'll have moments against the lesser teams but against the bigger boys he's ineffective. Yep they're on a loser there
You can get an even bigger mansion and afford ever more horrific interior accents(!) up Norf. She might fall for that?
Yeah, but I can't see her fancying a meat pie and a milk stout at the Wheeltappers for a night out. I can see him commuting to get her out of his ear for a while though. So lets keep a good thought.
He's got Essex girl celebrity husband written all over him ! I can see them now in family themed Halloween outfits !
Well the First Leg of the Europa Cup will have us playing a side from Andorra on July 2nd. Whether or not it's Home or Way first, is still up in the air as another Andorran side has to play the same day. Evidently the "stadium" only holds 1,000 (yes one thousand punters), so whether it's the 2nd or the 9th I reckon we will only get about 150 tickets.In case anyone wondering it's on the France/Spain board in The Pyrenees Mountains and according to Wiki has a population of 85,000 !
I think it's great we get some real pre season. Provided we don't get any serious injuries.If it's here they'll get to tank up on pie n mash, come out fightin and we'll kick their asses.Or we get to play in 99 degrees, downwind from every local plonk still, come out fightin and they kick our asses. Either way, real fun for real people.Seriously I'd like to do well in the competition but with Slav feeling his way and a good showing in the prem with a not so deep squad necessary I think a long run this year may not be a great idea. But we shall see, maybe we'll come out fighting and stay that way, wouldn't that be greatCOYI!!!!!!!
It's been confirmed the match on July 2nd is on Green Street Smitty, so the mountains (well one of their football teams anyway) come to us first. I wonder how many of the Faithful will be on holiday ? Going to have to be a cheap ticket I reckon and I have no problem with that, except I can't go !
how many sides are there in Andorra? I think England played the national team a few years back. SHOULD be a comfortable baptism for SB
I have no idea Filthy, at least two and is if the stadium only holds a thousand we can assume they don't have the money to sign overseas players. I wonder how FC Luistans qualified, I shall have a poke about...
Update via Wiki: First off the biggest team in Andorra - FC Andorra do not play in the Andorran Leagues but play in Spain. FC Luistanos/Luistans were founded 16 years ago in 1999, they have a Portugese identity, most of their fans being Andorrans of Portugese decent. Also most of their players are Portugese too. There appear to be four stadiums in Andorra - the largest holding 1,500, 1,300, 900 and 200. The winners of their League - Primero Diviso - go into The Champ.ions League the winners of The Cup - Copa Contitucio - go into into Europa. Ther appears to be 8 teams in the Primera and I'm not sure how many in the Segona Divisio.
Top shelf sleuthin Mr P.Will be a nice baptism for SS. They could be a surprise, young, keen, ready to punch above their weight. Doubt if it will be on the box over here but you never know.
Little to no chance of it being shown Stateside Smitty, but there's bound to be a Stream from somewhere. Commentary may well be in some indecipherable language with Arabian subtitles and frequently freezing frames, but sometimes you get what you pay for !
looks like Payet has signed. 28 yrs old, to in assists last season in France. Sounds good!
http://kumb.com/story.php?id=128694Is it definite yet? Looks like there's still a bit of sodding about to do.Saw the videos, I like him. The French owe us for Miaga, maybe we can throw him back part exchange. Looks like they may need a few bodies.
We could be Singing againhttp://kumb.com/story.php?id=128696I think he ( and all of them) will be better now the FF's goneNow lets see if someone remembers Nene. I think he'd be a champ with the new & improved.
Neither "Payet Signs" nor "Song On A Free" have appeared anywhere outside of KUMB as of yet and having seen more that a few fish wriggle off the hook, or not take the bait in the first place, I shall remain unmoved. Hopefully just for now. Tis the season for all kinds of porkies
Ah, but at least it's possible and it's nice to dream in somewhat reality space.
I saw Payet signs on the guardian.......Didn't Nene go?
KUMB News saying Dimitri Poyet has signed, but not on the official site yet. Wasn't Nene let go at the end of last season ?
Yeah seems the Poyet thing looks done, but who knows.Yeah, he was let go, but no reason we couldn't get him back. I don't think he got a fair shot with the FF and doesn't look like he's playing anywhere right now
Look at us Smitty, getting our Poyet's and our Payet's mixed up - just as well they play with numbers on their back. I wonder if there's a Peyet, Piyet or Puyet ? maybe we could collect the set ?
Yeah, we're good :DWill be innerestin if they play together, state of commontaterin today they'll never get it right, Colemanballs before they start.
Puyol...poyet...payet...umm...'though that could be a very decent"spine" to the team.
Thursdays Europa kick off on Green Street sold out ! Ten quid to see The Hammers win in Europe at the Boleyn obviously too good to turn down. I wonder how many Lusitans fans there will be ? Must be a few Andorrans in London surely ? Or do thet have to ne Portugese Andorrans to support Lusitans ?
Bilic not in charge for Lusitans, but will watch from the stands according to BBC Sport. Which makes me think we will be fielding a B- Team and also makes me wonder if it was not by accident that this was not announced before it sold out ? Still a tenner a pop ist should still be a good night out !
First night back in Europe (for Saitch), I shall be on the move today, but hopefully settled by the laptop for, or close to kick-off. COME ON YOU IRONS....
Chancy putting the kids in for this but I don't see any reason we can't pull it off. Got a bit of firepower up front, and Malfi could have a good runaround.I can see why he did it though. Early footie under the lights to start off the last Boleyn though. Gotta be a good night out for just a few quid. I'd go if I was there.
I read that there were 89 Andorrans there, which is something like 10% of their capacity, so not a bad showing from them. Nice and easy and a bonus fun night out at this time of year. A decent run in Europe will help to make the move more attractive, but in the top 10 of the league will be the aim I would think.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3152360/West-Ham-agree-8million-deal-Angelo-Ogbonna-Italian-defender-snubs-Everton.htmlIt's only the Mail but can't be all bad if it happens. We might be starting to look good and a fresh start with more hope this season I'm all for it. Go to it SS.