What a month. I still cannot quite believe the transformation.
Everyone at the club deserves immense credit for turning West Ham from relegation candidates to an outside bet for the Europa League.
The board have been proved right for sticking by the manager, Sam has stuck to his beliefs and, finally, the players came through.
The belief around the club at the moment is high. I was at the recent open day and there was an upbeat atmosphere, a real feel good factor. However, it is important that we don’t get carried away.
Unlucky for Winston, a manager has got to stick with a winning team. However, Sam has got to be careful that Reid doesn’t become too ‘sidelined’ from first team action.
There is no doubting Winston’s ability and, should he leave the Hammers, he won’t be short of suitors.
Ultimately, we all know Reid will get back in the team and he just needs to be patient.
Everton vs West Ham
Always makes me laugh when people ask ‘Where will your loyalties lie?’ I’m a West Ham fan.
I had some great years at Everton, scored some goals and the fans were brilliant to me, they’re my second team but I’ll always be a Hammer.
I suppose, if West Ham have to lose, there’s no one I’d rather them do it against than Everton.
Ahead of this Saturday’s game, though, I don’t feel West Ham have anything to fear. The Toffees have their injury problems in the final third and, given the Hammers current form, they will fancy themselves against anyone.
I understand what UEFA are trying to do. I get it; everyone deserves a chance to qualify. Imagine if we said that the FA Cup would no longer include non-league sides, it is their very inclusion that gives it the magic.
The problem is that now the tournament will become very diluted and the classic games will be few and far between. Even the most recent World Cups and Euros have failed to deliver the games we want to see, so raising the number of participants to 24 won’t help things.
Without hesitation, Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson. I grew up supporting West Ham in the 70s and Pop had two stints with the club.
I loved watching him play; he was the complete all round player, great with his left or right foot and also handy with his head.
I also admired German international Gerd Muller. I was never going to be 6 ft 2, so I enjoyed watching the forwards who were smaller in stature.
Tony Cottee was talking to Forever West Ham’s Editor
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