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After recent events in the past 10 years, West Ham supporters have been through the mill a few times, and when the Icelandics took over, we thought it was our turn to become the big fish in London – a takeover which nearly saw the end of the club altogether. David Gold and David Sullivan took over and began the process of rebuilding the club. No doubt they made a couple of mistakes in the early days of their ownership, most notably the appointment of Avram Grant, and then the debacle of trying to replace him with Martin O’Neill which fell through.
However, slowly but surely, they have started to get things right. They have brought down the debt of the club considerably, they brought in Sam Allardyce to steady the ship, and steer us back towards the English Premier League and stability. The two Davids also took on the fine from the ill-fated Carlos Tevez affair, caused by the previous regime, and that fine will be paid off by the summer. They have backed Big Sam in the transfer market, breaking our transfer record last summer, buying Matt Jarvis for £10.75m. They have also secured our long term future with the deal for the Olympic Stadium. If supporters want to see West Ham competing at the top end of the table, then we have to dream big. The Olympic Stadium should take us up to the next level.
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So what about things on the pitch, what is there to be positive about? Well, I think Allardyce is the right man to take us forward. I am the first to admit that I am not a big fan of his football, but most of the time, he has got it right. He has brought in some very good players, Diame, Nolan, Joe Cole, Jarvis and Andy Carroll – the last 3 players all having been around the England international setup one way or another in the last 5 years. There have been some excellent performances from the team – the wins over Chelsea, Fulham and Southampton at home, and the victories at Newcastle, QPR and Stoke were massive performances. We have had some bad days of course, but it was to be expected when you have just come up from the Championship. Allardyce managed to trim the squad in his first season, and I think with Piquionne leaving this season, that’s the last of the dead wood players out of the club. Allardyce knows that he needs to improve the team, but it’s one step at a time. Let’s secure survival first, then look at recruiting some bigger and better players.
The links with Wilfried Bony is going to be just the start of the exciting adventure that West Ham fans are going to be experiencing over the next 10 years…..let’s get behind the Chairmen, the manager, the team and your fellow supporters. We are in a good position right now, let’s enjoy it!
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