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Daily WHUFC News - 24th April 2014

Tomkins looks for greater solidity
James Tomkins says the Hammers have to get back to basics when it comes to

James Tomkins is focused on concentrating on the basics as West Ham United
look to bounce back at West Bromwich Albion next weekend. The defender said
the 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday was disappointing for everyone
as he thought, despite missed chances, the Hammers deserved to get something
from the game. "It was very disappointing for all of us. I think we deserved
something out of the match and a draw would have been the right result, so
we all came off very disappointed," the No5 explained. "Apart from their
penalty, there were a couple of other penalty decisions that might have
happened, one in the first half and one in the second for us, so could have
gone either way really. But at the end of it all, it just didn't happen for
us on the day and we need to just go again now and look to our next match,
at West Brom."

The Baggies are next up for the Hammers on Saturday in the last-but-one away
fixture of the season and Tomkins says it is the simple things that the team
just need to focus on. He continued: "Of course it will be a tough match at
West Brom next week, as they are fighting for points to stay up and we're
not quite there yet mathematically. We just have to concentrate on the
basics, keeping clean sheets and scoring goals, those are the main things.
"Penalties have been going against us more this season, so maybe we might
get one going for us in a game and little things that turn for you and give
you that boost. "We have got three games left but will be looking to get
points in our next match first of all and then look to get what we can to
end the season as strongly as possible."

The Hammers No5 also paid tribute to Dylan Tombides, whose sad passing was
marked by a number of tributes around the match at the Boleyn Ground against
Crystal Palace. The players wore black armbands in respect for Tombides but
the emotions around the match were very personal for all who knew the young
Australian striker. Tomkins' team-mate Mark Noble admitted the two of them
were talking after the match, saying the atmosphere and tributes made for an
emotional but significant tribute to his memory. "I think as a club, the
fans, everyone who knew Dylan, it has been great we could pay tribute to
Dylan as much as we can. I knew Dylan and his family well, they are a lovely
family and he was a great lad who battled really hard to overcome his
illness," Tomkins said. "I think everyone knows how much Dylan was held in
regards as a person and a player and he will never be forgotten here at the

By Iain Dale 23 Apr 2014 at 19:25
West Ham Till I Die

These are the results of the poll I started yesterday, asking who you would
most (and least!) like to see Sam Allardyce. More than 2,200 of you voted,
which I think is a record. Ici les resultats…

Which of these potential successors to Sam Allardyce would you most like to
see manage West Ham, if Sam Allardyce is sacked at the end of the season?

Michael Laudrup 22%
Slaven Bilic 21%
David Moyes 19%
Harry Redknapp 7%
Glenn Hoddle 6%
Eddie Howe 5%
Alan Pardew 5%
Roberto Di Matteo 5%
Malky Mackay 4%
Paolo Di Canio 3%
Steve Clarke 1%

All the others, including Zola, scored below 1%. Alex McLeish failed to get
a single vote.

Which of these would you be quite happy with as West Ham manager? (tick all
that apply)

Slaven Bilic 62%
Michael Laudrup 61%
David Moyes 51%
Roberto Di Matteo 34%
Harry Redknapp 31%
Malky Mackay 30%
Alan Pardew 29%
Glenn Hoddle 26%
Gus Poyet 20%
Eddie Howe 20%
Paolo Di Canio 18%
Steve Clarke 16%
Gianfranco Zola 14%
Tony Pulis 11%
Alan Curbishley 7%
Chris Hughton 7%

All the others scored under 5%.

Which of these potential West Ham managers would you never want to see
managing the club? (tick as many as are relevant)

Alex McLeish 71%
Iain Dowie 66%
Tony Pulis 54%
Alan Curbishley 48%
Chris Hughton 42%
Lee Clark 29%
Harry Redknapp 36%
Paolo Di Canio 31%
Glenn Hoddle 28%
Alan Pardew 29%
Steve Clarke 28%
Gianfranco Zola 27%
Gus Poyet 24%
Eddie Howe 20%
Malky Mackay 20%
Roberto Di Matteo 15%
David Moyes 16%
Michael Laudrup 6%
Slaven Bilic 5%

West Ham flop Nsereko finally getting back on track in Kazakhstan
Here Is The City
Mathew Nash
11 hours ago

Savio Nsereko is now playing his football for FC Atyrau in Kazakhstan. West
Ham broke their transfer record last summer in order to bring Andy Carroll
to the club on a permanent deal from Liverpool - paying £15 million for the
pleasure. And while he has had his troubles with injury he is certainly not
struggling as much as a previous holder of the record as West Ham's most
expensive signing. Gianfranco Zola spent £9 million on 19-year-old German
youth international Savio Nsereko in January 2009. But after just ten games
for The Hammers he failed to score and left for Fiorentina. In that time he
was consistently AWOL, out on loan and generally misbehaving at La Viola. He
spent time on loan with Bologna, Juve Stabia and 1860 Munich whilst also
sampling football in Bulgaria and Romania with Chernomerets Burgas and FC
Vaslui respectively. He then moved back to Germany with SpVgg Unterhaching
and eventually found himself playing for Viktoria Koln in German football's
fourth tier. Midway through last year however, and it appeared he was
getting yet another second chance - as it was being reported the player had
agreed a free transfer move to Israeli side Hapoel Ironi Akko. But despite
what seemed likely to be a good deal all around it was soon announced that
Nsereko had failed to earn a contract with the club. It is not only on the
pitch where he has struggled - In 2012 he spent three weeks in a Thai jail
after faking a kidnapping to extort money from a family member. At the end
of last year he was dealt a lifeline from an unlikely location - Kazakhstan.
Nsereko signed for Kazakh Premier League side FC Atyrau in December 2013.
And it is proving to be a success. He got a full pre-season under his belt
and announced himself onto the Kazakh scene in some style - scoring this
sensational goal on his debut - his first goal in professional football
since he netted as a teenager for Brescia, against Pisa, in January 2009!
Playing from the left-wing he has shone as one of the best players in the
league and at only 24-years-old the former German under-20 international is
finally starting to win some fans over after 10 teams, six years and six
countries. It may only be Kazakhstan - but it might be the perfect place for
him to rebuild his career.

Moyes sacking means West Ham boss is fifth highest paid in Premier League
By matt_harris | Posted: April 23, 2014

DAVID MOYES' sacking at Manchester United means West Ham United's Sam
Allardyce is the fifth highest paid boss in the Premier League. The Hammers'
supremo earns £2.95m a year and sits behind Jose Mourinho (£8.37m), Arsene
Wenger (£6.89m), Manuel Pellegrini (£3.47m) and Brendan Rodgers (£3.25m) in
the wages table, despite West Ham sitting 12th. Allardyce is paid the same
wage as England manager Roy Hodgson and earns almost a million more than
Spain's World Cup and two-time European Championships winning manager
Vicente del Bosque (£1.96m.


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