Sunday, March 26

Daily WHUFC News - 26th March 2017

Byram - I wish we had a game sooner

Sam Byram says Hammers would rather be playing this weekend than on an international break
West Ham United have not won in their last five Premier League matches
Byram and company return to action at Hull City on Saturday 1 April

Sam Byram says West Ham United would rather be in action this weekend than in the middle of an international break.

The Hammers went into two-week hiatus in Premier League fixtures on a five-match winless run and having lost their last three at the hands of Chelsea, AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City.

However, with no game this weekend, Byram and company have to wait another week before they can attempt to put things right at Hull City on Saturday 1 April.

"We need to get points on the board so, for me, it's frustrating to have to wait two weeks until the next game," the right-back told West Ham TV. "I wish we had one sooner so we could put it right and build on that second half performance [against Leicester].

"We will use the time to get some fitness and organisation work in and we will look towards the next game.

"It's getting towards the end of the season and teams like Hull need points as well, so no game is easy at this time of the year. We'll do what we can to make sure we come away with three points."

West Ham have struggled defensively in recent weeks, conceding 17 goals in the eight matches they have played since their last clean sheet – a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace on 14 January.

Byram has started two of those games – a 4-0 loss to Manchester City in February and last week's defeat by Leicester, both at London Stadium – but hopes to contribute to a more solid defensive set-up going forward.

Next up is a trip to the KCOM Stadium and a chance to complete a 'double' over Hull, who will go into the game sitting inside the relegation zone. It is a game Yorkshire-raised Byram is determined to start on his return to the North East.

"It was over a month between my last two starts and I think I'm a bit rusty, but I think I grew into the Leicester game," he observed.

"I like to get forward and express myself, obviously there are things I can improve on and I'll keep working on everything and kick on from there.

"You see the way we play with the two midfielders sitting and the full-backs high and wide and it does suit me down to a tee. I just need to keep going and see where I can help out."

Phillips - We didn't make most of possession

Mark Phillips felt West Ham United U18s should have made more of their possession against Blackburn
The Hammers were beaten 2-1 at Little Heath
They are back in action on Friday away to Liverpool

Assistant manager Mark Phillips felt West Ham United U18s didn't make the most of their possession in their 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Little Heath.

The Hammers knew a win would have taken them top of Merit Group A, but Callum Wright scored the winner in the second half after Jahmal Hector-Ingram had cancelled out Bradley Lynch's opener.

Ben Johnson was shown a red card late on after two bookings, and Phillips was left ruing a missed opportunity after the match.

"I think we probably deserved a draw out of the game but they'll probably think they deserved to win," he admitted. "I thought we had lots of possession but we didn't create that many chances.

"Our response to going behind was excellent and for the next 30/35 minutes we dominated the ball. We played some nice, intricate football but, if I'm honest, we didn't create that many chances.

"We didn't work their keeper that much in that spell and they had a little spell just after half-time when they could have gone two up. I thought we came out in the second half excellently and then we did create some chances.

"When we equalised, I thought we would go onto to win the game but Blackburn set themselves up well and scored a good goal on the counter. Even after we went behind again, we still had chances. But Blackburn were clinical."

The Hammers were aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since January but found themselves a goal down inside 2 minutes. Lynch broke the offside trap and coolly slotted past Tyler Forde.

The hosts almost responded though ten minutes later – Hector-Ingram latched onto a long ball from Conor Coventry and was brought down in the penalty area.

The Hammers frontman stepped up but his penalty was brilliantly saved by Ben Ashcroft who, in doing so, maintained his side's advantage.

In the second half, the young Irons stepped up their search for an equaliser and were hugely unlucky when Anthony Scully's free-kick was tipped over by Ashcroft.

Moments later, the hosts got their reward. Coventry and Hector-Ingram combined again and the latter did well to stay on his feet and fire past the keeper.

Blackburn regained the lead though ten minutes later when Callum Wright ran and finished well from long range.

The Hammers probed in the final stages but their pressure was slightly halted when Johnson was showed a second yellow card for simulation.

But the game ended in defeat for the U18s and they are back in action on Friday (7pm) when they visit Liverpool. You can keep up to date with the action at or on our social channels.

West Ham: Forde; Eggleton, Akinola, Wells; Johnson, Henry (Ngakia, 46), Coventry, Longelo (Hannam, 61); Lewis (Hamilton, 84), Scully, Hector-Ingram.

Subs not used: Constantinou.

Goal: Hector-Ingram.

Yellow cards: Johnson, Coventry.

Red card: Johnson.

By Sean Whetstone 25 Mar 2017 at 08:00

We hear very little about Financial Fair Play these days from the West Ham board for one very good reason.

Clubs have now been allowed to increased their wage bills by £7m per season – up £4m on the previous three-year scheme.

Last year Premier League clubs quietly voted to continue the self-governing Premier League FFP scheme which will run for a further three years including this season.

The Hammers published a total wage bill of £84.7m in their 2016 accounts for last season but this includes non-playing staff which aren't included in the FFP cap. That was an increase of £12m on the 2015 wage bill of £72.7m which saw a £9m increase from 2014 when the wage bill was £63.8m

A financial source close to the club told us:

"For 2016-2017, we elected (along with the most other clubs) to take our actual (player wage) spend from 2015-2016 and add our annual allowance of £7.0m plus our Club Own Revenue Uplift (CORU) to give us the maximum amount we can spend on players plus NI. We remain well within this cap and will comply with the STCC rules. We did not go back to the 2013 base year as it was not in our interest to do so as we have generated CORU each year and if we went back to the base year it would limit our spend."

"For next season, 2107-2018, we will again elect to take our actual (player wage) spend in 2016-2017, and add £7.0m, plus CORU, to give us our maximum spend. We will comply with the STCC limits as we have for the last four years.

"For 2018-2019, we will take our actual spend in 2017-2018, and add £7.0m plus CORU to give us our maximum spend."

"Rest assured, we know our obligations and we know that the Premier League looks at this closely, and we would never risk breaking the rules."

"We have complied every year and will continue to do so. Suffice to say we operate within the rules and have sufficient headroom when required."
A source close to club said on FFP:

"Suffice to say we operate within the rules and have sufficient headroom when required"

West Ham eyeing Reading boss Jaap Stam to replace Slaven Bilic as pressure grows on Hammers manager
The Irons' co-chairman David Sullivan expressed his frustration on the club's website after a 3-2 defeat at Bournemouth
The Mirror
22:30, 25 MAR 2017

Jaap Stam has jumped to the top of West Ham's wanted list to replace Slaven Bilic.

Pressure is again growing on Bilic after a disappointing run of results and talks over a new contract for the Croat have been shelved until the summer.

The Hammers' co-chairman David Sullivan expressed his frustration on the club's website after a 3-2 defeat at Bournemouth and publicly apologised to fans after last week's 3-2 home defeat to Leicester.

Former Manchester United star Stam has impressed at Reading, taking them into the play-off positions in the Championship in his first full-time job in management.

Stam – who held the manager's job at Dutch club Zwolle on a temporary basis – has signed a two-year deal at the Berkshire club.

If he takes the club to the play-offs and the brink of a place in the Premier League, it will mark an impressive turn around for a club that finished 17th in the Championship last season.

The attraction for West Ham would be the need to pay compensation to Reading of only one season's salary for the Dutchman.

Stam has expressed frustration at ownership issues at the Madejski with Reading's Thai's chiefs previously in talks with a Chinese group which fell through.

Stam said: "I don't know what's going to happen in the future which I think is very important for myself and for the club.

"If you want to do something, you need to have a plan for what you eventually want to achieve.

"You need to know what you're going to do with the team, the staff and the structure of the club."

Stoke and West Ham lead chase for Andrew Robertson and Josh Tymon
Stoke are keeping close tabs on Scotland international Andrew Robertson
West Ham are monitoring Josh Tymon as they are also chasing new left back
Hull are currently 18th in the Premier League with nine games left to play
By Joe Bernstein for The Mail on Sunday
PUBLISHED: 22:31, 25 March 2017 | UPDATED: 00:00, 26 March 2017

Premier League clubs are already circling around Hull City's players in anticipation of their relegation with Stoke City looking at Scotland international defender Andrew Robertson and teenager Josh Tymon attracting interest from West Ham. Despite improvements under Marco Silva, the Tigers are still three points from safety and likely to prune their squad even further following the January departures of Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore. Robertson, 23, is a potential target for Stoke who are looking to sign a left back in the summer to provide competition for Erik Pieters and are also keeping an eye on Charlie Taylor of Leeds United.
Burnley made a £10million bid to sign Robertson in the last transfer window. Meanwhile, 17-year-old prospect Tymon is on West Ham's radar after impressing in 13 first-team appearances this season. Tymon, whose best position is also left back, is still on an academy contract of just £160-a-week after failing to reach a professional deal at the KCOM Stadium West Ham are adopting a policy of trying to sign good young British players. They have landed Sam Byram, England Under 19s international Nathan Holland and former Manchester United forward Ashley Fletcher. They also considered a move for Brentford forward Scott Hogan before being put off by the Championship club's valuation. Hogan eventually joined Aston Villa in a £12million deal at the end of the January window.

West Ham owner David Gold hits back at Jason Cundy's scathing attack
The former Chelsea man had some strong words for the Hammers supremo
Football London
15:32, 25 MAR 2017

West Ham's joint owner David Gold often has something to say on Twitter and this time he has looked to hit back at former Chelsea player Jason Cundy. The ex-Blues player is a regular on talkSport and he claimed yesterday that Slaven Bilic should move leave the Hammers, blaming the owners. Cundy said: "He should seriously look at his options. Last year, they over-achieved, they were brilliant in a season with so much pressure. "Then moving to the new stadium, there was huge excitement, the two David's [Gold and Sullivan, co-chairmen] have said they want Champions League football. I thought there was something really going on at West Ham and being a contender for doing something. "But the two David's [Gold and Sullivan], the transfers they have given Bilic to deal with, the players they have said 'here's we want you to press on with' is just not good enough."
But now Gold has taken to social media to hit back at the pundit after his scathing attack.

David Gold ✔ @davidgold
Cundy doesn't no what he's talking about, taking player on loan with a view to buy is a good way to do business. Lanzini worked Zaza didn't
2:18 PM - 25 Mar 2017
25 25 Retweets 163 163 likes

It seems that Cundy and Gold aren't really on the best of terms at the moment!


No comments: