Friday, May 16

Daily WHUFC News - 16th May 2014

Freddie drops in on former team
Ex-West Ham United striker Frederic Kanoute was a guest at last Sunday's Man
City match

Former West Ham United striker Frederic Kanoute dropped in to watch his old
side when they travelled to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City
last Sunday. The Malian striker, now 36, was at the game as a guest of
Citizens midfielder Yaya Toure, and was delighted to combine the trip with
seeing the Hammers in action. Kanoute scored 29 Premier League goals in 84
appearances for West Ham before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in 2003, and
although he has since played for Sevilla and Beijing Guoan, he will always
hold the Club close to his heart.
He said: "I was here to see my ex-team. I was invited to the game by my
friend Yaya Toure and I was happy to see the game. "I watch the games at
home sometimes, whenever I can. I still have a very close relationship
personally with West Ham because I will always be grateful for the way they
treated me when I arrived in England, back in 2000. It's always a pleasure
to see them.
"There's still some people here from my time at the club, like Pete Williams
the kit man and Mark Noble. I played with Joe Cole back in the day, too. It
has changed a lot, but it's always good to see them. "They've had two solid
years since returning to the Premier League and I think from here they have
to build it up and hopefully they can reach a higher position in the next
couple of years."
For Kanoute himself, he is now focused on his career after football
following his retirement at the end of 2013 after a spell in China.
He explained: "I stopped playing a few months ago, and now I've set up my
own management company - 12 Management.
"Part of the reason I was at the Etihad on Sunday was that I was doing the
official launch in England.
"I've started working on something else - sometimes I miss football a bit,
but I have to do something else now."

By Sean Whetstone 15 May 2014 at 08:51
West Ham Till I Die

FA Chairman Greg Dyke unveiled proposals last week to increase the
proportion of English players in the Premier League from 32 per cent to 45
per cent by 2022 and the number playing regularly from 66 currently to 90 by
that date.

He plans to create a new 'League 3' in 2016-17 consisting of 10 Premier
League B teams plus 10 other clubs coming from the Conference. He says the
B-team squads should have no more than 25 players, with 19 of these under
21. Twenty of the twenty five should qualify under the homegrown rule and no
non-european players will be allowed.

He wants the Premier League clubs should fund a 'significant' financial
settlement to clubs in the lower divisions to ensure they do not lose out
financially from the proposed reorganisation. He also proposed a cap on two
non-EU players per Premier League squad, no players on overseas visas
allowed to play below the Premier League, nor loaned to any other club in

Under the proposals clubs will be allowed to form 'strategic loan
partnerships' with up to two lower league clubs, loaning them up to eight
players — all of whom would need to be under the age of 22 and homegrown.
Increase the number of homegrown players in squads so that 13 out of the 25
players are homegrown by 2021, with at least four of these having come
through the club's youth system

Do you agree with these proposals? Do you think these proposals could help
our own West ham Academy restore to its former glory and success in
producing West Ham first teamers and England internationals?

The West Ham academy U18's finished second this season behind Spurs in the
South Group but lost 2-1 to Man City U18 leaders of the North group in the
play off semi final last week.In the U21's Premier League Table we finished
9th with Chelsea U21's pipping Liverpool U21's to the title.

By Sean Whetstone 15 May 2014 at 14:03
West Ham Till I Die

The premier league have confirmed West ham United will receive £73,207,049
from TV income this season under the terms of the new broadcast rights deal.

That puts West Ham 12th in the money league this season despite finishing
13th. West ham received a merit payment of £9.9m for finishing 13th as each
league place earns £1,236,083 per place. They also received a massive £52m
as an equal share that every other premier league club received. The £52m
payment is made up of £21,631,444 from Sky/BT Sports for the domestic TV
rights, £26,295,817 for overseas TV rights and a further £4,270,850 from
premier league central commercial sponsorship funds.

When you add this TV Income to the estimated £18m in ticket sales, £14m in
commercial activities and £6m in retail sales it means we should receive
around £111m in income this season up from just under £90m last season
including a £10.5m loan from the chairman.

Although West Ham's financial year finishes on the 31st May we won't get to
see the actual accounts until January 2015 but it could improve if west ham
have improved retail and commercial sales this season.

It will be interesting what we do with extra £21m of income over the summer
transfer window and the coming season.

West Ham's Joe Cole eyed for transfer to MLS after leaving Hammers for
second time
May 14, 2014 22:30 By Darren Witcoop
The Mirror

Joe Cole is being eyed by Major League Soccer chiefs after leaving boyhood
club West Ham for a second time. The American league is identifying big-name
players ahead of next year's expansion plans. And Cole – a free agent after
being shown the door at Upton Park – is believed to interest MLS
Commissioner Don Garber. Former England winger Cole, 32, could earn a bumper
final payday in the States as one of the league's designated players. But
Cole is in no hurry to relocate his young family and hinted he wants to stay
in the Premier League. He said: "At my age and where I am in my career, I
want to enjoy my football. "Finances are not important. I'm doing my
coaching badges and will start my B-Licence. And I still want to play at the
highest level."


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