What do we want next season?


Since the Hammers secured their passage to the Premier League via the play offs, just what do we expect from the boys in claret and blue next season.

I’m sure most Hammers will want exactly the same as what happened to all of the promoted teams in the top league in England, where all of the promoted clubs stayed up, and Norwich and Swansea excelled themselves.

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I’m sure if you asked most West Ham fans what they would settle for next season the buzzword would be survival, but I think if we could get a good squad together we should be pushing for a little higher than that. If you look at what Norwich and Swansea did last season it just shows what is possible in your return.

Looking back on the last time we returned to the Premier League in 2005 under Alan Pardew it shows what is possible, a 9th place finish and one of the most memorable cup finals in recent history. We would bite the hands off of the Premier League gods if they offered us that.

For me it is vital we perform better in the cups than we did last year, we accept now that the cups weren’t that important in the grand scheme of things last season as we all god our trip to Wembley and got the ultimate prize. But next season it is pivotal for me that we compete in the cups. Going out last year to Aldershot and Sheffield Wednesday was simply not good enough and the prize money available per win could be vital.

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Finally this season, every Hammer will want a big home win against one of the big boys, whether that be Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United, I remember the season we went down walking home after wins over Liverpool and Spurs feeling 10 ft. tall, that feeling is a feeling I would like to feel again this season.

So what would I settle for this year, to be truthful anything from 17 th upwards, survival this year is all that matters, but if we could do a Swansea or a Norwich that would represent a superb season for Big Sam and his men.

Come on you Irons!

Tweet me @Bowdenwhu – with your hopes for this coming season.

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  • GibraltarHammer says:

    Absolute shite post! F~ck A good cup run! If stay up, I’ll be happy, get rid of Sam and push for top10 next time around

  • The Cat says:

    Norwich and Swansea may have excelled but no comparison can or should be drawn as it’s all about the way our team is set up to play against sides which have “more” better players than us. Big Sam is a Premiership manager of vast experience and I’m confident that he will ensure we are well drilled and have a plan when we come up against sides which on paper we shouldn’t stand a chance against.

    As for FA cup runs??? It would be nice, but in the grand scheme of things they don’t mean too much to me as 90 – 90% of our focus needs to remain on staying IN the Premiership and BUILDING this club……..Period!
    Everyone knows you can’t wage a successful battle on two fronts which is why the Big clubs use the Cups to blood youngsters giving them game time and experience whilst focusing on the Title and Champions League! OUR number ONE focus needs to be retaining our Premiership status and building this club over the next 3 – 4 years! We don’t need to be consumed by eagerness only to fail miserably.

  • The Cat says:

    * 90 – 95%

  • Steve H says:

    Most clubs in the premier would find it hard to get out of the championship.
    I think with the owners we have and the ambition they have we are on the verge of a fantastic new dawn!!!
    Our fan base is very deep and with a three quarter full Olympic stadium and a full stadium for the big games we will be a match for anyone.
    I have been lucky enough to have lived through the golden years from 64 to 80!! I just hope you younger hammers can see what our owners are striving for. It’s the first time that in living memory we have owners that want the best for our wonderful hammers.its now time not just to be satisfied with 17th let’s take the prem by storm. It can be done with belief.
    Just like my dreams. Did you hear the passion at wembley? I did,and was there right behind the goal when Vas scored.
    Believe me, more of those days are just over the horizon.

  • Legends says:

    if we sign half of the players we’ve been linked with i think we’ll have a strong squad. if we can get the squad ticking right i dont see why we can’t aim for europe. let’s face it, liverpool arent what they were, everton neither, and spurs are in for a surprise this season. anyone who starts a season aiming for midtable needs to ask themselves some serious questions. nobody will be motivated to achieve that. same with the cups… i grew up wanting to play for west ham and wanting to win the fa cup! i dont understand anyone walking into the pitch for a fa cup match and not wanting to win the game and go all the way to wembley beating everyone along the way. that’s what dreams are made of, what’s the point of playing if youre not following these dreams?! Big Sam will go down in west ham folklore if he wins us some silverware, does he want to take up the challenge or shy away under a political spin of excuses?

  • Jack says:

    David Bowden I read your article and it sounds great detail wise, but after reading it i have to be honest and say that truthfully you are a picky west Ham fan, and it makes me feel you are probly a “hard to please fan” aswell which west ham does not need. You say things like “need to do well in cups”, “need to beat the top four so I feel good walking out of a home game”.

    Let’s just cheer the irons onto survival and then anything else is a bonus!

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