Musings On Recent West Ham Stories


Diame ArmyFootball fans of all ages, experience and views have never been afraid to voice their opinions. West Ham supporters are no different.


Whether it in the terraces of The Boleyn Ground, the pub before and after kick-off, or, on the outlet of social media, there will always be agreements and disagreements.



I am here to address, albeit briefly, a few of the more newsworthy situations that have recently surfaced from East London.



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Alou Diarra


“I have wasted my time.”


This was the response from Diarra when quizzed by L’Equipe on his transfer to West Ham. Signing for approximately £2million in the summer, Alou has seen his time at The Hammers interrupted by injury.


To me, the quotes attributed to Diarra, in which he also claims to have a “No dialogue, no explanation” relationship with Big Sam, smacks of vanity and grandeur. Why should a player, albeit one who has been an international captain, have the god-given right to walk straight back into the squad once back to full fitness?



Players throughout the ages have battled in training to get a manager’s attention, Carlton Cole being an excellent recent example. If you deserve to play for West Ham Alou, get your head down and work for it. No one is bigger than the club.


This unfortunately brings me on to my next subject.



Mohamed Diame


Momo has been a revelation for us this season. With unfortunate reports from many sources alerting clubs to his £3.5 million release clause, Diame has been subject of all manner of speculation this January.


One minute saw us fans rejoicing about quotes from Diame stating his intention at staying with The Hammers, the next sees reports of his new contract being revoked as agents come into play. The day after the debacle that was Arsenal away saw Allardyce call the team in for a 7am team meeting. Only one player was late. Diame. This has led to media rumblings regarding his future, which unfortunately Sam hasn’t denied. To me, this can be the only reason that Diarra is still with us, Allardyce sees him as the best replacement we have.



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Emanuel Pogatetz


Emanuel Pogatetz has signed for West Ham and I for one would like to welcome ‘Mad Dog’ to the club.


I have seen on many forums disappointment at this signing BUT ultimately with limited funds I think this is a positive step. We need cover and we need experience. Pogatetz has experience in the Premiership and can cover both left-back and in the middle.



I know some West Ham fans expect a more exciting player but this makes me voice an opinion of my own, albeit possibly unpopular. We, the fans, used to give players and new signings a chance whenever they signed. I remember not judging these players until they’d pulled on our jersey and had the time to impress.



Admittedly, I didn’t want Joe Cole back, but I supported him and the decision, both of which seem to have come good. So please guys, before judging him as a player we don’t want to see, let’s give him a chance to be an integral part of the final slog that is the last push to survival. Also, I believe he has a style reminiscent to Tomas Repka (and for that matter myself!) And if that isn’t a great reason to get behind him I don’t know what is!


These are my opinions; feel free to agree/disagree below.


Peace out





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  • Hugh Bevan says:

    Diarra was treated terribly by Big Sam. He is an international class midfielder that just wasn’t given a chance because Big Sam has his favourites. Even after the game against Utd when he played class at CB he still didn’t get a chance. He shouldn’t have just waltzed back in to the team but he took his chance to impress against the best side in the league and was still not given a chance. Big Sam is very good at treating players badly, I blame him for that situation not Diarra.

  • The Cat says:

    Alou Diarra has been injured for most of his time at the club he has only recently become fit and available after injury……and he repays us by kicking off???

    His feet shouldn’t touch the ground and I hope the door hits him on the way out!

  • Big ern says:

    Big time Charlie.. Good riddance! No player should straight bak into team unless his name was Julian Dicks or Paulo Di Canio. Diarra has been injured, granted he looked good against Man U but he should knuckle down and fight for place! Off subject great to hear Matty Upson has signed for a team that matches his ability… Brighton! What a joke he has been past 3 years!!! Done sweet FA at Stoke and to think he thought the big boys wanted him after watching us get relegated!! The shittest hammers captain ever in my opinion!

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