Monday, June 8

Daily WHUFC News - 8th June 2015

Ecuador cruise to victory

Enner Valencia played the full match as Ecuador romped to a 4-0 win over
Panama in their final friendly as they prepare to start their Copa America
campaign. Striker Miller Bolanos opened the scoring before a brace by Fidel
Martinez before half time put the Ecuadoreans firmly in control. Swansea
City's Jefferson Montero sealed the comprehensive victory for La Tricolor
just after the break. Ecuador open their Copa America campaign with a tough
away game against Chile on Friday 12 June, before fixtures against Bolivia
on Monday 15 June and Mexico on Friday 19 June.

Howes enjoying Young Lions run of form

Sam Howes signing his pro contract with Tony Carr MBE and Academy
goalkeeping coaches Lee Harrison and Jerome John
West Ham United goalkeeper Sam Howes is relishing the prospect of playing in
the England U18's double header against Russia.

The Young Lions travel to Moscow this weekend to play their European
counterparts in two friendlies as they prepare for their U19 qualifying
campaign next term.

Speaking ahead of the trip an excited Howes said: "I've never played Russia
before but we're expecting them to be good. We're going out there to try and
beat them, they haven't lost for a while at home so it'll be difficult but
we're up for it.

"I've been in the England system for two years now so I'm well used to
travelling all over the place. Every boy dreams of playing for your country.
At any age level it's always a proud achievement.

"The feeling when you pull the England top on will never ware off no matter
how many times I play. It's a sign that you're one of the best in the
country, I'm sure if you spoke to any of the lads they would say exactly the
same thing."

While Russia will be prove tough opposition, the Young Lions are in good
form themselves having won their last four games, including a 6-1 demolition
of Switzerland in March.

"There's definitely a good buzz about the England youth set up at the
moment. The U17s qualified for the World Cup and we've had some success
winning the Euros this time last year.

"It's a good time for English football with a lot of talented players coming
through. In the England U18 squad there a several stand out players. Dom
Solanke is a great player, Izzy Brown and a few others.

"As a team I think we've got a lot of talented players which has probably
made this team so successful. There's a phenomenal bond within the team,
stemming from winning the tournament last year. I think that is key to any
team and helps to get the best out of us."

Having enjoyed an impressive twelve months in a claret and blue shirt which
saw Howes make his first team debut in pre-season, the 17-year-old went on
to enjoy a good run of form for both the U18s and Development Squad.

"It's been a long season for me personally but I'm not complaining. It's all
good life experiences which will help me to develop. Overall, I'd say it's
been successful, there's been ups and downs but that's football really. I've
always enjoyed it at West Ham and I hope that continues.

"With the team qualifying for the Europa League it's an earlier start to the
season, but it'll be another good experience. Hopefully I'll be involved in
some way.

"I can't thank Sam Allardyce enough for giving me an opportunity with the
first team. He helped me a lot to develop as a player and as a person. But
with a new manager coming in, it's a new slate for everyone and we have to
try and impress him.

"It's an interesting and exciting time for everyone involved with the Club.
There's a lot of change going on but it's a bright time."

By Iain Dale 7 Jun 2015 at 08:18
West Ham Till I Die

Guest Post by Izo

There's no doubt we are an excellent prospect to any new manager coming in
to our club, with the move into the new stadium the main reason for us
actually being able to contemplate hiring managers of the ilk of Klopp,
Benitez or Emery. We have the history, the fan base, the right league, some
stability, a decent squad, good funds and real potential. But there's no
doubt we are still a work in progress.

Whoever takes over now won't get the riches that the stadium might
eventually bring, they will still get a budget on average with most teams in
mid table in the league. They will also probably have to oversea our
transition into the new stadium, which isn't always easy – as fans take time
to settle in, and atmosphere can take a while to adjust (although some big,
modern stadiums can suffer permanently). Not only that, they will be
expected to entertain to a degree, stay well clear of relegation and start a
long term project that could take years to reap rewards.

It's a big risk for any manager who has already achieved success in the
game, in reality why would Emery, fresh from winning the Europa League two
years in a row, come into a club that may take 4-5 years to get the same
point at best? A young manager has a reputation to build, successes can
quickly be forgotten should things not work out, and without experience the
Premier League can be a very tough league to work in. This type of manager
may not want to take that risk so early in their career, it can be tough to
come back from tattered reputations. Older managers may feel they've earned
a bigger job, somewhere where success is imminent rather than a long term
objective, or somewhere where the set up is ready to achieve success now,
not in 5 years time. A manager like Bielsa probably doesn't fancy his last
job in the game to be a long term project with no guarantee of success.

So perhaps we should be prepared to wait a little. Luring in a young manager
now is a very difficult task. Yes we are a club going places, but unless a
new manager gets £50m-100m it's a very tough ask to achieve what may be
required of them in just a couple of seasons. There is no rush to do all
this now – we're in it for the long term; I'm certainly not going anywhere,
are you? All we need at the moment is someone in charge to unite us all,
someone who will get on with the fans and steer a team good enough for the
top half to where they belong. It isn't the hardest job in world football,
it should be a good challenge for anyone. Let's get through this
transitional period with someone who has enough about them as a person to
keep us going until the benefits of the stadium move can kick in, if it is
true that it will open up new financial opportunities and allow us to
compete with the top 6 in the league.

If Bilic is our man, I think he has enough about him, personality-wise, to
keep us moving in the right direction, and who knows, he may have found the
right job for success for both him and us. We don't have to reach for the
stars too early, we are in this stadium for 99 years, we don't have to try
and achieve too much before we have even moved in. Bilic would be accepted
by most fans, and would at least be given a chance, he will get more leeway
than Sam did.

Once we move to the new stadium, fill it, and show new managers just what is
available to them by being able to show them the finished stadium, then
maybe we can look to realistically entice some of the most talented managers
out there. There's no reason to ask for too much too soon.

So we may have, in what is another aspect of the "West Ham way", aimed high
and shot low in going for the very best managers available (if the rumours
are to be believed), but if we don't end up with Champions or Europa League
winning managers then don't panic – it may take a few years to demonstrate
to everyone that we are worth taking a gamble on, it will seem much more
attainable once we actually move in to our new home.

Davids must be 100 pc sure on Slav!
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on June 7, 2015 in McAvennie The Legend, Whispers

The one relationship – or two in West Ham's case – that matter above all
others inside a football club is the relationship between the manager and
his chairman/men!

If that's right, everything good will flow from it. If it's not then all the
three have ahead of them is trouble, with one possibly blaming the other
when things go wrong.

That's why David Gold, David Sullivan and Slaven Bilic have to ensure they
are on exactly the same page before a deal is offered and accepted.

I remember several years ago when I was covering a particular area for a
national newspaper being told the above by a well known manager who was
living in the shadow of a former boss who ultimately returned to the club.

That didn't work out and the events leading up to it were pretty horrendous
from the inside and in the end things went dramatically wrong for everybody
and the club.

The manager who was ultimately replaced explained to me: "I never had his
full confidence and that's the single most important thing in a club – the
relationship between boss and chairman."

So before there is any thought of slapping a contract in front of Slaven
Bilic to become our next manager, the two Davids must be 100 per cent sure
he is their man – nothing else will work. It's the way it has to be or they
are writing a recipe for disaster. He has to have their confidence.

Slav is very aware that he is not their first, second or even third choice
and this morning David Gold gave a bizarre interview to West Ham TV when he
said: "It would be lovely to have someone with West Ham history, that ticks
a box.

"Having Premier League experience and that doesn't mean English Premier
League, that means a man who has managed successfully in the big Italian
League, big Spanish League, big German League or a major league in the
world, that is a box that needs to be ticked, we don't want to take a

I assume he was using the word Premier with a small p because none of those
Leagues in Europe are the Premier League, nor do I see any managers in any
of them with West Ham history. Thus not all the boxes can possibly be

There's only one former Hammer available and he sat in front of the three
board members today. He's an impressive man and a qualified lawyer.

He is considered an excellent boss by most of his peers but it may be that
the board is still smarting from having missed out on their top choices to
be able to fully evaluate Slav's.

I hope I have that wrong and that before 24 or 48 hours is up the former
defender becomes our next manager but that must only happen on the basis of
the co-chairmen being 1,000 onside with each other and 100 per cent behind
their chosen man.

Nothing else will work and if there's not a certainty then it's best to move

Bilic ranked way ahead of Sam on bosses list
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on June 7, 2015 in News Agenda, Whispers

West Ham will appoint a manager who is ranked 60 places higher than Sam
Allardyce on one prominent world boss rating website if they finally hand
Slaven Bilic a contract.

According to the former Hammers defender is the
world's 53rd most successful boss whilst Allardyce languishes back in 113th

And even the apparently highly rated Marcelo Bielsa can only make it into
108th place whilst the Hammers initial top choice David Moyes makes it onto
the list at 117th.

waving sam_allardyce_1528056cAmong the other names reportedly chased by the
Irons are: Una Emery (3rd), Rafa Benitez (17th), Jurgen Klopp (28th), Frank
De Boer (57th), Roberto DiMatteo (61st). Garry Monk (72nd), Michael Laudrup
(192nd), Gus Poyet (271st).

Ayew edges closer to West Ham
Posted by Sean Whetstone on June 7, 2015 in Whispers

According to the Head of Sport for the Daily Mail and West Ham fan Lee
Clayton, Andre Ayew and West Ham are edging closer to completion of a deal.

Ayew, will be a free agent at the end of June when he comes to the close of
his Olympique de Marseille contract, he has attracted considerable interest
and is said to have several offers to choose from Premier League and
European teams.

L'OM president Vincent Labrune says he wishes Ayew well in the future."We
can't keep Ayew. He is a very important player for OM but we can't offer him
the kind of money English clubs can offer," he explained.

"The French financial system is complicated and we can't offer him an
equivalent salary to what he can earn in England. And equally, we can't ask
Ayew, who we love and is an icon of our team, to accept a lower salary. That
makes no sense so unfortunately he is going to quit the club and we hope he
has the great career that he deserves in England or somewhere else."

Ayew has scored 13 goals for his club this season and celebrated his final
days with Marseille by being named the best African player in Ligue 1.

Ayew was last linked in the January transfer window when it was said West
Ham would use their close relationship with Marseille wheeler and dealer
Willie McKay will help land Andre Ayew. Back in 2012 when was first linked
with the club Ayew told Sky Sports: "We are always interested playing one
day abroad, there is no official offer from West Ham but if such a
possibility could arrive, we will talk about with our advisers. West Ham is
an excellent team."

Bilic and Irons edging closer to deal
Posted by Hugh5outhon1895 on June 7, 2015 in News Agenda, Whispers

Slaven Bilic and West Ham are this evening understood to be slowly edging
towards a deal that would make the club's former player the 15th Irons

ClaretandHugh reported earlier today that 'Slav' has been interviewed and
since then talks have continued with his advisers over financial issues
covering such issues as:

O final wage and bonuses

O his backroom staff's salary levels

O compensation in the event of early termination

O players in and out

O plus London housing allowances and the like.

'Slav' is keen to take over at the club and will make financial sacrifices
to do so despite having received written offers from Europe. We understand
one of them is from a German club.

However, the 46 year old wants West Ham because of his love for the club and
the fans despite the fact that he would arrive on a smaller contract than he
could command elsewhere.

He is determined to get the right deal for his assitants and much could
depend on that as he is known as a man passionately loyal to his staff.

Talks are currently ongoing and although the odds are swinging towards him
we have been told categorically: "It's not done and may still not be. The
terms have to be right."

N'Doye linked with Hammers
Posted by Sean Whetstone on June 7, 2015 in Whispers

Another player linked with West Ham this weekend is Hull City's Dame N'Doye.
He is likely to leave Hull after his brief spell at the KC Stadium because
of an exit clause in his contract if a Premier League comes in for him.

If West Ham appoint Slaven Bilic as their new manager commentators have been
quick to point out that Bilic signed N'Doye during his time as manager of
Lokomotiv Moscow.

At this point the link appears no stronger than N'Doye signed for Bilic in
Russia and is available following Hull's relegation to the Championship

Hull are thought to have paid 3 million Euros for the Senegalese striker
whose national team mates include Hammers Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate.
The 30 year old striker made 15 appearances for Hull last season scoring 5

Lovren could reunite with Bilic
Posted by Sean Whetstone on June 7, 2015 in Whispers

The Sun claims West ham could offer Dejan Lovren a way out of his Liverpool
nightmare if Slaven Bilic takes over as Hammers manager.

The report claims Bilic has already targeted the player who he worked with
as the coach of the Croatian national team.

Lovren suffered a difficult season at Liverpool after his £20m move from
Southampton last summer and is said to be up for a move to London to meet up
with his former manager. Liverpool may be ready to cut their losses after a
disastrous season for the Croatian.


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