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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:40 pm 
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West Ham have added to their defensive options before the new Premier League season with the signing of the left-back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiakos.

The 22-year-old’s arrival was announced on Monday, with the manager Slaven Bilic confirming after Sunday’s friendly defeat to Juventus that a deal was close.

Finding a left-back had become a priority for Bilic after losing Aaron Cresswell for up to four months with a knee injury and he has now addressed that issue . Masuaku has signed a four-year deal with the club.

The former France Under-19 international won two Greek Superleague titles, as well as the Greek Cup, during his two-year stint with Olympiakos, who signed Masuaku after he impressed after breaking into the Valenciennes side as a teenager.

“It’s a big honour for me to be part of this club,” Masuaka told West Ham’s official website. “I was speaking with my agent about some opportunities, but when he told me about West Ham and also the coach, I didn’t think twice, so in my mind, it was West Ham.

“Now, to be able to play with players like Dimitri Payet, I was thinking on the way here, it’s going to be crazy. I can’t wait to play with him and also all the rest of the team.”

Although the club did not disclose the fee when confirming Masuaku’s arrival, Jack Sullivan, son of the co-chairman David Sullivan, posted on Twitter that they had parted with £6m for the defender.

Masuaku will go into the squad for West Ham’s opening Premier League fixture at Chelsea on Monday but he is ineligible for the Europa League play-off tie with Astra Giurgiu, having already represented Olympiakos in the Champions League qualifying stages.


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20m gets you Ayew ... Madness ..

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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
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West Ham's record signing Andre Ayew needs thigh surgery and will be out for four months, according to West Ham co-chairman David Gold.

The 26-year-old Ghana forward, a £20.5m signing from Swansea, was injured 35 minutes into his Hammers league debut in the 2-1 defeat by Chelsea on Monday.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold tweeted: "Sad news. Ayew has injured his quadriceps and will need surgery.

"He will be out for 4 months. Good luck Andre."


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So true mate ...he is consistently inconsistent throughout his united career ..but what if he turns consistent ..he will get around 40 goals...ATM im waiting for that time as his age is 24/25 :wait: ... :|
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Slaven Bilic admits West Ham need to sign a “proper” striker following injuries to Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew.

Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll are both sidelined for the Hammers, leaving Bilic short of options up front as West Ham tackle a busy domestic and European schedule.

The Croatian revealed after the 1-0 win against Bournemouth that discussions with club officials will take place quickly to find a replacement, but warned that quality strikers are head to come by.

Speaking on the club website, Bilic said: “With Andy and Andre, they are more long-term injuries. Hopefully Andre will be back on December 1.

“Are we going to try to get one [a striker]? We’re going to try to get one if possible.

“The chairman is going to be very generous, I think, and we’re going to get one if we can find a proper one, but they’re very hard to find.”

“I’m going to speak to the chairman and our head of recruitment on Monday morning and if we can get one, it has to be a good one.”

Bilic was specificly asked about out-of-favour Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony and appears to be a fan.

“Bony is a good player – but we will speak on Monday,” he added. “If we get one it’s got to be a good one. But if not I have the squad that will fight for West Ham big time.”


Genuinely think Bony is a great signing for any club outside the big 5 or 6 if you play him every week and play to his strengths I think he's good enough to get you 20 goals in all comps he's just not good enough for City think he'd be perfect fit for West Ham.


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Can they really splash the cash on Bony after just signing Ayew. Yes he's got injured but you its surely taken a large sum of their kitty.

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Guess it depends on what the kitty is I don't think they've made any big sales and apart from Ayew most of the buys have been on the lower end of the market up to £10m.

Was Ayew signed as a striker? He's really more of a wide forward from what I've seen of him normally played off the right of a front 3 so I think even with him coming in they still wanted a striker.


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West Ham have signed Italy striker Simone Zaza from Juventus on a season-long loan for £4.3m.

Zaza's deal could be made permanent and reach £17m with £2.5m in add-ons based on the number of appearances he makes in the Premier League.

It is the Hammers' 11th signing of the summer, taking their spending to more than £60m.

Zaza, 25, joined the Turin club in July 2015 and he scored eight goals in 24 appearances.

"I have been fortunate enough to have already played at the new stadium with a different shirt," Zaza said.

"It is a beautiful stadium and I felt the warmth of the fans and this was a big reason why I wanted to join the club."

He was part of the Italy squad that reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals but missed a penalty in their shootout defeat against Germany.

Juventus gave a lengthy tribute to Zaza after announcing his departure, with a club statement saying: "Power, instinct, class, desire and ability to score important goals. This can be an effective synthesis of the 12 months of Simone Zaza for Juventus."


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It is fair to say that West Ham’s move to the London Stadium has yet to go to plan. Both on and off the pitch the relocation has been beset by problems. The question remains, however, as to how much the club can do to fix them.

Events came to a head on Saturday when Hammers fans set upon each other in apparent disagreement as to whether they should be sitting in their seats. Social media were full of dispiriting footage, with trouble carrying on outside the ground after the match.

On Saturday night the club announced that they would ban for life anyone identified as taking part in the trouble. On Sunday the Football Association joined in, announcing that it would be investigating events. “We have been in touch with the club and the relevant authorities and there will be more conversations on Monday,” a spokesman said. But individual actions seem unlikely to stem a broad sentiment that West Ham’s new ground is a long way from being a new home.

Speaking after the match, Slaven Bilic acknowledged there were “advantages and disadvantages” in leaving their 112‑year home at Upton Park for the modern surrounds of the former Olympic Stadium. “We can talk about excuses,” West Ham’s manager said, “but there’s no point in moaning about it.”

There has been no shortage of moaning, though. The main source of discontent appears to be from fans who were previously allowed to stand for the duration of the matches at Upton Park but are now being firmly told to sit down. This is further exacerbated by the fact that blocks of fans have been broken up by the move and that stewarding is not conducted by West Ham employees but by the stadium’s own operating company, the mysteriously titled LS185.

In fact LS185 is named after the stadium and the 185 British medals won at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and is a subdivision of the French company Vinci Concessions. It was awarded a 25-year contract for the running of the ground last year. West Ham have a 99-year lease as tenants at the stadium, still owned by the Greater London Authority.

Much was made of the deal West Ham got for the stadium, with the club paying just £15m of the £272m required to adapt it for football. And while they pay £2.5m in annual rent, the club are not obliged to cover the costs of police, stewarding, heating, pitch maintenance or even corner flags. But the club’s ability to adapt the stadium to their needs has proven limited, with the seating arrangements and the continued existence of an athletics track around the pitch only the most visible of difficulties.

West Ham will have to persuade their supporters to sit if they wish to extend the ground’s capacity to 66,000. Any safety agreement that would allow the club to occupy 9,000 currently empty temporary seats would depend on it. The co-chairman David Gold’s desire to introduce safe standing into the ground would seem a long way off. The club have announced that they will be looking to strengthen the security between home support and away fans after groups spilled over into rival areas during the Watford match.

Earlier matches have also seen altercations and there have been reports of fans finding it difficult to access the ground or without a seat when they got there. On Saturday there were other, smaller, gripes that were immediately apparent to anyone watching the match. Some seats are an eye-straining distance from the pitch and other, lower, sections of retractable seating offer very little perspective on the play. Indeed such is the view for many in the ground that it took more than one replay of Dimitri Payet’s rabona assist before they actually saw it.

Perhaps it is this distance that has meant West Ham have struggled to generate atmosphere in their matches so far. Crowd noise seems to escape the stadium and is drowned out by the specifically engineered PA system. The sheer size of the pitch – perhaps intended to bring the game as close to the fans as possible – also seems to militate against the Hammers’ style of play, with only Michail Antonio suited to taking advantage of broad spaces. The managers’ technical areas, meanwhile, are about the size of a five-a-side pitch.

West Ham will soon begin stage two of their seating plan, whereby they hope to allow more groups to sit together as they did at Upton Park and more clearly denominate areas that are family friendly. The club clearly want to make this work and have a long time to get it right but there is a lot of ground to make up, literally. One consolation remains for fans at least; the machines that blow industrial amounts of bubbles before the match are very much functioning.


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West Ham have asked E20, which owns the club's London Stadium home, to ensure there is a police presence in the ground after recent trouble.

The Hammers moved to the venue at the start of the season, but there have been unsavoury incidents involving their fans at the past three matches.

The club confirmed that 10 fans were ejected from the stadium during the 4-2 defeat by Watford on Saturday.

West Ham have also requested more experienced stewards.

Stewarding at the stadium is provided by LS185.

At the first Premier League match at the venue - against Bournemouth last month - some fans arrived with tickets for seats that did not exist, while fighting broke out between rival supporters outside the stadium.

Some of the disturbances are believed to be over persistent standing during matches and West Ham confirmed they had received seven complaints about standing following Saturday's game against Watford.

"E20 confirmed that immediate action is being taken on the issues raised," said a West Ham club statement.

"The club will work tirelessly with them to ensure London Stadium continues to be the inclusive and family-friendly environment that all parties have worked so hard to achieve.

"This includes a more robust and secure line of segregation between the home and visiting fans as specified by the club. We have been assured this will be in place ahead of the next match."

The Hammers have also appealed to supporters to report any incidents to the club.

Analysis - BBC sports editor Dan Roan:

"A blame game is now developing over the violent scenes at West Ham's new home.

"The club says the stadium's owners and matchday operator need to bolster policing, stewarding & segregation.

"However, it has also been suggested that West Ham could have done more to plan segregated family and singing sections, rather than prioritising the sale of season tickets, with the mix of traditional supporters and thousands of new fans thought to have led to tension."


Always going to be teething problems going into a new ground seems to me like the club need to move people who want to stand into one area the problem is stadium health and safety rules mean stewards have to try and force crowds to sit as they're in seated areas.


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Watch Mo Farah winning his golden track double in the 5,000m at London 2012, or Jessica Ennis landing the heptathlon title by winning the 800m, and you will notice that every single person in camera shot at the Olympic Stadium is on their feet. Tens of thousands of them roaring their heroes to glory.

The London Stadium, as it will be known until the naming rights are sold, is now the Stratford home of West Ham United FC. But only a few thousand people have been on their feet during the four home games this season, most of them near the area where Farah made his decisive break on the last lap.

This time, it has led to bitter infighting, physical as well as verbal. Crowd trouble at football was back in the headlines after last week’s Premier League game against Watford. There was fighting with away fans, who were poorly segregated, and in the lower tiers West Ham supporters fought each other. On Friday 20 fans were banned and had their season tickets revoked.

“I was disgusted, ashamed to be a West Ham fan,” said lifetime follower Ciro Castaldo, who stood near one of the troublespots. So why are so many fans losing their temper and self-control? Why are parents saying they feel so unsafe they cannot take their children to games? Why are West Ham beset by spectator problems after signing the best stadium deal in living memory, whereby they pay only £2.5m a year to lease a stadium built with taxpayers’ money?

There are no simple answers, but poor planning, poor stewarding, pig-headedness among some supporters, and even popcorn have all played a part. While practical issues are largely to blame, some fans cite a wider problem of the creeping gentrification of football.

For former Manchester United captain Roy Keane in 2000 it was fans eating prawn sandwiches. For West Ham’s more robust supporters in 2016 it is popcorn, which is on sale around the stadium. “Popcorn? What have they done to West Ham’s soul?” was one fan’s reaction on social media.

Standing up at football matches in England’s top two divisions is illegal. The Premier League has no intention of making any changes, and a spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: “The government currently has no plans to change its position and introduce standing accommodation at grounds covered by the all-seater requirement.”

The problem is that tens of thousands do stand up every weekend, and have done for years. Stewards, and the clubs that employ them, turn a blind eye. At West Ham’s former home, the Boleyn Ground, usually known as Upton Park, an entire section stood up at every game for more than 10 years.

They were in the lower section of the Bobby Moore Stand, named after the club’s most famous player. Now they stand up in the Bobby Moore Stand in the new stadium, but West Ham sold seats in that section to people who did not know about the tradition. There are arguments. Children often cannot see.

Children are all over the stadium. The club’s family section has 1,400 seats, but there are 25,000 family members. After offering junior season tickets for £99, West Ham has more under-16s, around 10,000, than any other club. That would explain the presence of popcorn. “We are very proud to have so many families and children attending our games,” said a club spokesman.

“In some ways the old regulars, the authentic fans, feel threatened,” said Pete May, author of a forthcoming book Goodbye to Boleyn. “Standing up and singing is the only link they’ve got with the old West Ham, and they’re worried it’s going to disappear in the creeping commercialisation and the 60,000 crowds. They don’t want to change.

The potential for growth is clear, but West Ham are an East End club, not a Chelsea or an Arsenal
Iain Dale, the political blogger, former Conservative candidate, radio presenter and West Ham fan, said: “Those who do stand now, they’re just being selfish. We all stand up at times, when we have a corner, for example. It’s part of the football experience. But standing throughout the game, they ruin it for others. If you have kids behind you, why would you do that?”

Peter Caton, 55, is among those who stand up at every game. He is one of the many fans who blame Karren Brady, the club’s vice-chairman, for “riding roughshod over supporters’ wishes” by moving the club to the new home.

West Ham are among the 20 richest clubs in the world. Their move has added 22,000 seats to matchday income and their supporters, too, are wealthy – “right at the top in terms of highest average income”, according to Dale. The potential for growth is clear, but West Ham are an East End club, not a Chelsea or an Arsenal.

“People are standing their ground quite literally,” said Caton. “West Ham has a core of working-class support and Brady wants to turn us into Arsenal. But we’re not Arsenal. There was no proper consultation of fans before we moved. They’ll have to carry me out if they want me to sit down, and I won’t come back.”

There are more complaints about the lack of pubs near the stadium – “it’s a half-hour walk” said May – and the pre-match eateries at Westfield are way upmarket from old Upton Park favourites. “The food outlets are all very different and the whole experience of the Olympic Stadium will appeal more to a middle-class audience than working-class,” said Dale.

“But if you ignore the trouble for a moment, it is the most amazing stadium, every seat has a good view. The negative stories need to be balanced out by the fact that most people like the place. When we start playing well again a lot of problems will ebb away.”

Others from around England will see the bitterness as another example of the distancing of elite football from “real” fans. It was an affordable sport watched by largely working-class fans before the Hillsborough disaster brought an end to terraces, before Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch, the Premier League (25 years old next year), the Sky Sports stranglehold, and Keane’s “prawn sandwich” outburst.

By the end of the 1980s, wrote Andrew Hussey in an essay on Hillsborough for the New Statesman, football fans “had become the object of scorn and derision. To be working class, to be a football fan … was to be scum”. Many working-class fans have felt marginalised ever since.

But while Premier League stadiums are nearly 97% full every week you will not find many in the boardrooms harking back to 30 years ago when the Sunday Times said football was “a slum sport played in slum stadiums and increasingly watched by slum people”.

And there can be no complaints about ticket prices at West Ham. While Chelsea fans must pay £56, plus a membership fee, even for the cheapest match seat, and Liverpool fans felt obliged to stage a walkout protest over price hikes in February, West Ham sold season tickets for £289 – around £15 a game. “The club have done a really good job of keeping the prices down,” said Dale. “A lot of fans who were priced out at Upton Park can now afford to come, and I see a lot more black and Asian faces in the crowd.”

There was, he said, a divide between the old-style fans and some of those 22,000 newcomers. “Old” fans believe the “new” fans leave games early, return to seats late after half-time popcorn forays, and never stand up and sing. Some diehards have responded with vicious abuse, leading West Ham to move fans to other parts of the stadium if they are unhappy.

Jon Darch, the leading advocate of standing at league games, said: “Some West Ham fans have been asked to give up their football lifestyle. There are supporters all mixed up together who have different views about what constitutes a good matchday experience.”

Darch said that some fans believe the club wants only middle-class fans: “They think their way of supporting the club for 30 to 40 years is being excised, their style of support is being obliterated. I don’t agree with them, but that’s their underlying anxiety.”

TRADING PLACES

Arsenal 2006, moved from Highbury (38,419 capacity) to the Emirates Stadium (60,360).

Cost: £390m.

In its opening season, the Emirates was sold out for every first-team game.

Swansea City 2005, from Vetch Field (11,475) to Liberty Stadium (20,909).

Cost: £27m.

In August, the club’s American owners revealed they are in talks with Swansea council to expand the stadium.

Manchester City 2003, from Maine Road (35,150) to Etihad Stadium (55,097).

Cost: £20m for repurposing, £2m per year.

City hold a 250-year lease on the ground, owned by Manchester city council.

Leicester City 2002, from Filbert Street (22,000) to King Power Stadium (32,312).

Cost: £17m.

The club is considering expanding the stadium’s East Stand or building an entirely new stadium.

Southampton 2001, from Dell Stadium (15,200) to St Mary’s Stadium (32,205).

Cost: £32m.

The stadium has taken on the club’s original name, Southampton St Marys.


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West Ham have been accused of breaking Football Association rules on discrimination - by the chairman of the club's ladies' team.

Stephen Hunt has lodged a formal complaint with the FA after months of argument over funding and facilities.

"West Ham need to be fined until they start to act like a 21st century club," he told BBC Sport.

In response, West Ham claim Hunt has "threatened the club" and "refused to align" with their principles.

The Hammers also say they are dedicated to equality in sport but the current arrangement with Hunt has not worked and they plan to take over the running of the women's team in due course.

Hunt has listed a number of issues he has with West Ham.

He claims they have stopped his team from finding their own sponsors and says they are short on funds because they had to buy their own kit.

He alleges West Ham promised a cheque to cover the costs but the money has not come through and the club have stopped answering their emails.

Hunt also claims his team, who play in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division, the third tier of women's football, have to train by the side of a road as West Ham will not let them use the gym.

He adds that they also cannot afford a physio or a bus to take them to matches and are playing in last season's home kit, with the names of last season's players crossed out on the back.

"I think West Ham have breached the underlying objectives of the FA to promote equality and grassroots football at all levels," he said.

"Initially, what I thought was a lack of interest I now understand is a positive intent by senior people at West Ham to block the growth of West Ham Ladies.

"It's beyond negligence, it is trying to starve us of any sort of funding."

West Ham issued a statement insisting that "supporting, nurturing and facilitating the women's game is very important" to them and claim they are "a club with strong community principles and a dedication to equality in sport".

The statement also explains the club's version of events.

"The day-to-day management of West Ham United Ladies FC was transferred to a third party some time ago and unfortunately it is an arrangement that has simply not worked," it read.

"Mr Hunt has refused to align with West Ham's principles throughout his tenure as chairman and has, on a number of occasions, threatened the club.

"The club have been working for some time on plans to take West Ham United Ladies FC 'in house' and, in light of Mr Hunt's most recent deeply concerning comments, we will now be seeking to do so at the earliest opportunity.

"We will, of course, seek to maintain the current West Ham United Ladies FC squad personnel where possible, and provide them with the best possible support and management moving forward.

"As a result of this, women's football at West Ham United will become bigger, better and stronger, as we continue our commitment to the growth and development of the women's game, both on and off the pitch."

In response, Hunt denies he has threatened the club and says he would be happy to hand the women's team over to the club if he got guarantees and assurances that the ladies are protected.


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Karren Brady has branded West Ham’s move to the London Stadium – “the best stadium” – a “success”.

The Hammers moved from Upton Park this summer after over a century of playing their home games at the venue.

They moved to the Olympic Stadium – now renamed the London Stadium – but the switch has been derided by home fans due to a lack of atmosphere, typified by crowd trouble and infighting.

But Brady, the club’s current vice-chairman, believes the move has been successful, and that West Ham now boast “the best stadium” in the country.

“The Olympic Stadium had been built less than, sort of, a mile away from us and we saw that as a real opportunity to change the brand values of the club. There was a plan to plug the debt, build the future and create the culture,” she told the Leaders Sports Business Summit.

“Rebranding ourselves was really important with our stadium. We’re in the London Stadium. We added the word London to our crest because we felt it had real global appeal. Nobody else does it.

“We are in the heart of London, in the foothills of the financial sector. We have the best stadium – there are some great stadiums in this country but there is only one Olympic Stadium and it’s ours. It’s really had a dynamic impact on the things we can do.

“We had a difficult job to do when we were moving to a new stadium. We sold the stadium out to 52,000 season-ticket holders.

“We have 10,000 under-16-year-olds who come week in, week out. We have completely sold out hospitality. I have 50,000 people who have paid to join the waiting list to be able to buy a season ticket. We have 36,000 members.”


I'd be interested to know how many were snapped up by actual fans rather than companies buying them to use as corporate day outs.

I've heard some reports that attendences at the game are actually around 40-45,000 even though it's officially a sell out because people aren't bothering to turn up


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West Ham should be forced to play behind closed doors if the violence that marred Wednesday's derby with Chelsea is repeated, an MP has said.

Bottles, seats and coins were thrown at London Stadium as hundreds of fans clashed. Six people were arrested, three of whom have been charged.

It was the latest outbreak of disorder at West Ham's new ground this season.

"None of these problems were unforeseeable given the nature of the stadium," said Mark Field MP.

"Within the next 14 days, the West Ham board should present a detailed plan to the Football Association and Premier League outlining what they are going to do about security," the all-party parliamentary football group vice-chairman told the Evening Standard. 

"There have been clear failings. If there is a repeat of the violence, the next two or three home games for West Ham should be played behind closed doors."

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■'Homophobic flyers' at West Ham investigated

Hammers vice-chairwoman Karren Brady said the club would ban all fans involved in the violence. The club say it is finalising the identification of 200 individuals.

"Football doesn't want these people and, with over 55,000 supporters on our season ticket waiting list, we certainly don't need them at West Ham," she wrote on Twitter.

Damian Collins MP, the chairman of the select committee for culture, media and sport, told the Telegraph that West Ham "should face playing behind closed doors if they can't police the ground properly".

A spokesperson for the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) - which advises the government on the matter - said it is "monitoring the situation very closely".

The SGSA also issues licences to 92 football clubs in the Premier League and the English Football League, as well as to Wembley and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

It says it is "aware and involved in issues relating to the London Stadium", adding: "All partners must act together to prioritise safety."

The Football Association and English Football League are also investigating. A league spokesman called the incidents "distasteful and unwelcome".

Previously, the Metropolitan Police have not deployed officers inside the stadium because the radio system emergency services use to communicate will not be operational until 2017. However, security was boosted for Wednesday's EFL Cup tie.

Police commander BJ Harrington said: "There were a minority of people who attended the match who were clearly intent on being involved in confrontation and violence.

"Despite extensive work with both clubs and a large and robust policing operation, there were unacceptable incidents inside and outside the stadium, before, during and after the game."


Isn't this an issue for the stadium operating company as they manage stewarding/policing as West Ham are just tennants.

Basically you always have teething problems in a new ground and if the police are't actually going inside to provide the proper segregation you will have problems. My guess is they'll soon be putting fans in the top tiers only behind one of the goals to stop them having access to the concourse where it's harder to police.

This will happen again when the other big sides rock up Utd, Liverpool, Spurs etc will run riot there.


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Campaigners have welcomed the start of an investigation by London Mayor Sadiq Khan into a £50m rise in the cost of converting West Ham's London Stadium.

The outlay to modify the Olympic venue has risen from £272m to £323m.

The investigation will look into inherited issues, including the cost of moving retractable seating.

"This is a breakthrough in our long campaign to highlight the intolerable burden on taxpayers," read a statement from the Olympic Stadium Coalition.

"We have never objected to the idea of West Ham playing at the stadium; the question is simply one of how much the club should pay, and how much the taxpayer should be expected to fund."

West Ham, having won the right to be anchor tenants for the Olympic Stadium in 2013, played their first game there in August, after 112 years at Upton Park.

The Premier League club contributes £2.5m a year in rent, after paying a one-off £15m towards the conversion cost.

The Olympic Stadium Coalition, which is comprised of 14 supporters' trusts and groups, said taxpayers deserved to be made "fully aware" of how much they are paying.

It added: "We hope to be able to meet the mayor to present him with the significant information that we have gathered about the operational costs of the stadium.

"The mayor's investigation is good new starting point, but it is only a start."

The investigation is "fully supported" by Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, whose borough co-owns the stadium after investing £40m.

And John O'Connell, chief executive of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: "For too long the details of this shabby deal were kept in secret and lacked proper scrutiny, so Sadiq Khan is absolutely right to look again at the case.

"It's now down to those in charge of the inquiry to get to the bottom of how West Ham were gifted the deal of the century while ensuring their investigation doesn't end up costing the taxpayer as much as the stadium."

West Ham's move to the London Stadium has been marred by fan violence, leading the club to issue a five-point security plan to prevent further disorder.


Still don't understand how West Ham manager to contribute so little assuming they keep all the benefit of the sale of the land the old ground was on they've made an absolute fortune.


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Rumours that Payet wants out in January.

He's only just signed a new deal but guess he feels the clubs going backwards on the pitch and if big clubs are still interested after the Euro maybe he wants to get out as he's not a youngster he might only have 1 shot left at the big time.

Also, Andy Carroll is being linked with a move to China in some papers in February when their transfer window opens again I reckon they'd be happy to cash in and get him off the books not sure if he'd go for move but if the reports are to be believed he'd be tripling his £100k a week wages.


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Paul Merson has criticised Dimitri Payet’s recent displays for West Ham, saying that he owes the club for making him a superstar.

Payet was part of the Hammers side that were thrashed 4-1 by Manchester United on Wednesday and was at fault for the second goal when he lost the ball to Ander Herrera before Anthony Martial finished off a flowing move.

West Ham are languishing in 16th place in the Premier League and Payet has struggled to recapture his form of last season, where he turned into a cult hero for the West Ham fans.

Slaven Bilic says he cannot put his finger on why West Ham’s EFL defeat against Manchester United on Wednesday night was so different to Sunday’s performance

Manager Slaven Bilic has played down reports linking Payet with a move away from east London, but Sky Sports pundit Merson thinks Payet needs to increase his work-rate to help his team climb the table.

"I was impressed with Manchester United in midweek, but it was against a poor West Ham team, who were virtually playing with 10-men - Dimitri Payet doesn't look interested - at all," Merson said.

"I would advise him to knuckle down and help get West Ham out of this relegation battle. He looks like someone that wants to be moving on his way. If it wasn't for West Ham nobody would have ever heard of Payet - he wouldn't even be playing for France."

West Ham spent £11m to bring Payet to the club in 2015 and Merson believes the player has a duty to repay that faith at a time where the club need him more than ever.

"He owes West Ham, who took a big chance on him and got him out of French football. West Ham made him a superstar," he said.

"He needs to make sure West Ham have a good season. Then, at the end of the season, he could get his move. He looks like he's putting himself first rather above West Ham Football Club.

"Look at him the other day when Ashley Fletcher scored at Old Trafford. He didn't look happy. He should start running around and winning points for the club."


Just ignore the fact that he got the assist in both games vs Man Utd in the last week.

As for the bit in bold he was playing for Marseilles a much bigger club than West Ham and he could've moved in the summer but decided to stay with them after they made promises that new signings would be made he probably is a bit p*ssed off that the club didn't strengthen in the summer so he's having to carry the team again this season.


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Reargdless of Merson twating ..Payet just didnt look happy .. i think he will leave and PSG or Monaco were rumored to be interested in him ...

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Simone Zaza’s less-than-successful loan spell at West Ham United will come to an end in January, his agent, Vincenzo Morabito, has reportedly claimed.

West Ham paid £5m to take Zaza on loan from the Serie A champions Juventus, with the deal automatically becoming a long-term one, at a cost of a further £20m, if he made a set number of Premier League appearances for the club this season. Having made 11 in all competitions and failed to score, the London club look set to cut their losses.

Juvenews reported that Morabito said: “Zaza will definitely go back to Juve, because West Ham do not want to keep him. He could well stay in Turin, given that Juventus might need another striker. If not, there are plenty of other options.”

One player who will not leave West Ham in January is Dimitri Payet, according to Slaven Bilic. Reports in France recently claimed the midfielder could be on his way to Manchester United, with his fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial heading in the opposite direction.

“I can’t see any truth in that,” Bilic said before Saturday’s visit of Hull City. “Regarding Payet, not regarding Martial. He is a good player, a great player. But I don’t see this happening.

“Do I expect Payet to stay? Of course. Great players are always the centre of interest. Payet is one of the best in the world and they are always the ones who are linked with the big clubs. But I hope, and I expect, he will stay with us.”

While speculation about Payet’s future is likely to be a continuing theme of next month’s transfer window, West Ham have tied down another talent in the shape of Reece Oxford. The defender was a target for Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United but marked his 18th birthday by signing a four-and-a-half-year contract at the London Stadium.

“It is great news for us,” Bilic said. “It is great news to sign one of the best talents, for him to stay with us for the long term, and it is a great thing for him as well. This is the best club for him to continue his development.”


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Slaven Bilic has learned from summer mistakes at West Ham and is targeting players with Premier League experience in January.

The Hammers made 11 summer signings but only Andre Ayew and Alvaro Arbeloa had played more than a handful of games in England.

West Ham’s disappointing start to the season has clearly led to a re-think.

“We are the club who are linked with most of the players in Europe! We want players who have experience in the Premier League,” said Bilic, while dismissing a move for Patrice Evra.

“We are not going to panic and will try and get a couple of players.”

They have been linked with moves for Mamadou Sakho, Chris Smalling, Cesc Fabregas and Marcus Rashford this January.


Going to be tough for them to pick up much quality but Sakho would be a good signing if he's kept himself fit but not sure they'd get any of the others unless they can make the most of loans for players who've been frozen out at clubs


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