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06 Dec 2019 20:45:43

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02 Dec 2019 18:53:32
Eds - is there any truth in the Everton Soares rumours? What have you heard, please?

{Ed002's Note - Lots of clubs have been looking at Everton Soares but none are interested at the Gremio asking price of €120M nor the for sale price of around €80M. I would not hold your breath at all. Over hyped with an agent happy to let a third party hawk him around to clubs who are open to the slightly odder arrangements.}

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05 Dec 2019 01:54:06
West Ham have taken on some of the oddest arrangements in football in the past :)

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02 Dec 2019 17:00:31
C and h reporting West Ham having talks with a 19 year old Rumanian GK called Fara he was born in Dublin in 2001 but hasn't played any first team foorball also C&H saying we are interested in 24 year old Chiba Akpom a product of the Arsenal Accademy at 24 he doesn't seem to have achieved much although played as striker for England U16 17 18 20 and 21

STILL HE WAS BORN IN CANNING TOWN so he must be brilliant.

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02 Dec 2019 18:56:30
Putting Roberto to one side, as MP has finally decided to do, why on earth do we need another keeper? Martin should maintain his place in the short term until Fabulouski returns and, of course, Trott is still out there.

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28 Nov 2019 21:14:13
I've just read that Eddie Howe is the top target should Pellegrini get the boot, and he is apparently keen, he's representatives wanted to have talks with west ham? It would be nice if this was true?

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29 Nov 2019 19:49:00
I've heard the same.

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04 Dec 2019 02:57:22
Got as much chance of TRUMP getting on one knee when the starspangledbanner is playing than HOWE becoming our next manager ain't going to happen.

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26 Nov 2019 06:49:48
Apparently crunch talks have taken place and Pellegrini has been told results have to improve, talk about stating the bloody obvious, lol.

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26 Nov 2019 09:56:55
Really? Surely they are just fine. can’t believe they would even suggest it.

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27 Nov 2019 14:43:15
Whilst I personally think it is mad to get rid of our manager right now (no Fab, no Antonio, plus some attacking players have to look at themselves), I agree MP is in some danger if things continue, and he needs to show some steel and balls to change something in the setup of our game. Anderson has come off at half time so many times this season, if his performances are not up to scratch then don't START HIM!

What surprises me a HUGE amount is that nobody mentions Nico Kovac as a potential replacement, he is the kind of manager we would like style-wise, and was the master behind getting the best out of Haller. Seems exactly what we need. Why hasMP not taken a look at how Kovac's teams played with Haller, we should at least TRY and replicate it. Spending £45m on a player, you would think that some thought/ analysis went into how he plays best and how to get the best out of him. This change may even HELP Anderson, because he is clearly not a traditional winger.

Ed's I have no clue on Kovac's position, in your opinion would he be a realistic target?

{Ed002's Note - Kovac would be a good choice but he will be heading elsewhere.}

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29 Nov 2019 09:47:46
Thanks Ed002
Arsenal by any chance? ;)

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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30 Nov 2019 18:28:56
Nickinho Anderson favered position is as a no 10.

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24 Nov 2019 12:24:27
Some reports are linking us with Chris Houghton and Sean Dyche, it also says that both are interested in the job if it became available?

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24 Nov 2019 14:52:16
OK let's assume the board make a poitivee decision on the Manager. Of the 4 mentioned this would be my favs
1 Dyche
2 poch
3 Houghton
4 Benitez

Over to you guys for your ideas.

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24 Nov 2019 15:22:05
Just a couple more names to throw in there,
1 Howe
2 Poch, (but will probably want a champions league club)
3 Dyche
4 Gerrard
5 Benitez
6 Hughton.

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25 Nov 2019 06:56:19
The big question should be. How much money will their be made available. This will determine who will be the next Manager Benitez will want another 100 mil atleast. so count him out, Gerrard has proved nothing yet Hughton will keep WH in the premiership Dycke has never brought big but has made a team with passion and commitment with little money. So my vote goes for Dyche.

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25 Nov 2019 09:41:02
If any of them know how to organise a defence and get them to stop under performing then that would be good (and if they can get rid of Fornals for any decent amount of money then so much the better)

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25 Nov 2019 11:02:48
Howe would be my number 1 choice

You never see bournemouth players strolling around the park - and he's done a lot better than Pelle with a lot less. He should be able to get the best out of our squad.

From what I saw on Saturday, minus a few players (Rice, who I thought had a fantastic game, and noble who put in a shift) The starting 11 looked lazy, lethargic and disinterested. Wee're lucky we had Antonio on the bench. and the 2 goals absolutely flattered us.

Lot's to work on.

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25 Nov 2019 18:39:51
Shaun dyche for me.

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30 Nov 2019 07:34:28
Dyche would be my choice. He always does well with limited resources, and is a southerner who may like to return home after 7 years in Lancashire.

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23 Nov 2019 20:42:11
Please! Do not jump on the criticise Haller band wagon. Look at what his success in Germany was based on - effective interplay with a second front man.

Once Antonio came on, it was clear that we had far better options up front.

We won the second half 2:1 and that is no co-incidence.

The disappointment has been that MP has taken such a long time to understand how to get the best out of Haller (who is a top, top player if given the right support. )

Two up front MUST be the way forward.

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23 Nov 2019 22:38:00
We are the whipping boys of the league
Pundits slagging off, social media mocking
us, gold and Sullivan are you going to allow
this to keep happening!
Your apperantly fans of our club and have
the clubs best interest at heart!
If that’s true then show it
Get rid of this dinosaur!

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23 Nov 2019 22:59:00
We only won the second half because Spurs stopped at 3-0 and put on defensive players. I am not critising Haller but the score flatters is, we won nothing. The players aren’t up for a fight and some of the points we got early weren’t on great performances they were based on playing poor teams that didn’t take their chances. Things need to change and I think those two late goals might cloud that fact which is a shame.

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24 Nov 2019 10:39:29
We are being flattered, spurs went to sleep at 3 nil.

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25 Nov 2019 06:26:29
That was terrible to watch on Saturday but although Spurs eased up once they got the third Antonio coming on with all his bluster, strength and speed perked up Haller dramatically. So I agree Markro, there is nothing wrong with Haller, he just needs the right kind of support.

I wish Pelle would realise we can't play like Man City and change the system, a back three perhaps with Ogbonna, Rice and Cresswell, wing backs with Masuaku and Fredericks, midfield of Noble, Sanchez and Wiltshire and Haller and Antonio up front.

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19 Nov 2019 19:24:55
This is a message to the Ed's. If Manuel Pellegrini is sacked, who are the contenders to replace him?

Is there any chance we'd look at Julian Nagelsmann?

{Ed002's Note - I would put Benitez at the top of the list - but timing will be critical.}

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20 Nov 2019 19:23:59
A storm is brewing at the London stadium and md thinks benitez may already have been lined up.

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24 Nov 2019 10:38:35
Morning ed,
I'm guessing anymove for Benitez would involve large compensation monies for the Chinese club, do whu have the funds I wonder or more importantly the commitment to spend it?

{Ed002's Note - It would not be an enormous amount and yes WHU can afford it. It will be more to remove MP and his staff.}

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24 Nov 2019 23:56:40
Thanks ed.

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11 Nov 2019 11:45:38
Anthony Scully called up for the Ireland U21 squad not surprisong Anthony having scored 13 goals in 12 games in the WHU U23s MP take note and put him on the bench against Spurs.

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09 Nov 2019 08:16:24
Claret and Hugh reporting that West Ham interested in Lucas Vasquez a winger at Real Madrid have to ask what we need another winger for.

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09 Nov 2019 22:06:13
Sounds like MP thinking about scoring more than the opposition. I reckon most of us would like to see some balance and some decent defence to concede fewer.

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11 Nov 2019 05:50:34
We need a left and right back and pur Delan back in the centre of defence We had a chance to buy Shelvie but didn't so we need a defencive mid fielder Oh and a decent 2nd string goal keeper.
Lets start at the back before we bring in more rubbish.

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11 Nov 2019 11:33:27
Hi Bideford would agree with you on most points but next season we will have Nathan Trott back as an improving GK and the Right back position with Frederick's and Johnson is quite well covered

Lot of where we strengthen depends on the formation whoever the manager is.

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11 Nov 2019 12:53:10
I think the key area we need to strengthen is obvious, its energy and athleticism in the middle of the park. The most successful teams at the moment have this in abundance (Liverpool, Leicester, Man City), and it is easily our biggest weakness.
Iv said previously, no matter how much I like Nobes, he cannot play a 2 man midfield, and neither can Wilshere, especially when next to Declan (who is also not the quickest) . We strengthened some good areas in summer, but we never addressed the glaring issue that (when playing MP's style) teams easily get behind Nobes when he heads higher up the pitch and they get a free run at our defence every time we lose the ball. I do not think our defence is the problem, its how easily exposed they are when playing the style of football MP wants.
Short term i think MP needs to adjust tactically, and maybe play Declan AND Sanchezas together as two deeper players (which may also afford our attackers some extra freedom), or tell Nobes/ Snodgrass to stay deeper. Cullen could even be the short term fix this year.
Tactically, MP is NOT being flexible enough to account for our weaknesses, he is sticking to his "ideal" style but he doesn't yet have the players capable of playing it with balance from Defence to Attack, and this is simply leaving us open.
I was shocked at Roberto's performance on Sat, he was easily solely at fault for ALL THREE goals. Fabianski was not papering over our weakness, he simply wasn't one!

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12 Nov 2019 18:30:13
I want to see us sign a defensive midfielder in January, but a mobile player in the mould of Kante or Ndidi (not saying to sign one of those two, but a player like them) .

I’d also like to see us play with 2 up top.

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14 Nov 2019 14:01:27
Completely agree DIE_4
If we were able to get a midfielder like that then ew can give more freedon for whoever plays in the 10 role to get up and support Haller as a second striker.

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23 Nov 2019 00:35:40
Been saying for two years on this site we need an athletic midfield we had one in KOUYATE but unfortunately he wasn't a footballer we cannot stick with NOBLE SNODGRASS SANCHEZ WILSHIRE 1, They ain't fit enough and 2, They ain't good enough and that is what is putting so much pressure on the back 4 I ain't having that BALBEUNA and DIOP ain't good enough because at one point they were a tremendous duo at the back for us it all starts with the manager for me hasn't got the tactical nous to change things he plays one way and one way only you have to have more about you than that to be earning probably in the top 5 managers in the premier league HOLLAND and SCULLY should be in the matchday squad at the very least but MP hasn't got the minerals to change things and WILL KEEP HOPING AND F-----G PREYING TO GET A RESULT and that is why he has to be replaced but I know what will happen which normally happens is we will up our game 10 fold because its spurs and get a result and all will be forgotten mark my words watch this space. COYI.

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19 Oct 2019 08:25:47
I hope we go for the jugular today, Everton are there for the taking if we can get an
early goal there fans will turn on them.
The way the league is if we win we could go 3rd, lose and could be 15th.

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19 Oct 2019 14:25:30
What a shocking performance. Seems no interest, no urgency and no tempo against this Everton team that had gosls disallowed and numerous other chances. It could easily have been 6 or 7 if not more. This lot needs a shake up disgraceful.

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19 Oct 2019 20:15:55
That inconsistency continues from last season. Westham play one, two, maybe three good games in a row and we start thinking they've turned the corner, then reality hits home in the next half a dozen games. I cannot see it changing with Pellegrini, sure he has improved the attacking intent of the team (having stated that, the last few games I have watched I'm not so sure) but it's come at the expense of defending as a unit, they look fragile . Everton effortlessly calved through the midfield in their counterattack play, whenever they attacked they looked like they were going to score, everytime Westham attacked they looked clueless. I'm getting fed up with the excuses, this club is still a mediocre side, the same problems are there for all to see this season as last season, defensively weak, midfield cover poor, and an isolated forward up front. As for the playing style, it's fast becoming a shambles, no pressing of the opposition when they have the ball, (Pellegrini should spend time going through the Czech v England match with the team to see how good the Czech's pressed against England for the entire game), also there is no pass and movement going on, and as for the tempo they play at, the opposition has no worries defending against that.
I see the wisdom Sullivan holding off extending Pellegrini's contract .

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19 Oct 2019 21:53:00
Agreed Sullivan might be starting to get as disillusioned as the rest of us. £27m for fornals what a joke and as for the goalie Roberto, wow who chose him out of all the options out there. Midfield gets cut to pieces and can't cover for defenders. Defence looks shaky at best and Haller looks lost up front with no service. Time for a change? Maybe, maybe not but managers are judged by performances and results and since oxford we have been dire. The buck stops with the manager I'm afraid.

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22 Oct 2019 23:11:25
roberto made some mental saves were you watching or at the game.

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29 Oct 2019 01:34:36
Far too early to judge FORNALS absolutely crazy to judge him, he will be still getting over how tough the premier league is the toughest in the world by a country mile no 30 seconds on the ball here the thing I would agree as I've posted before HALLER is isolated up top with little or no support we have to support him quicker didn't think I'd say this but we are missing ANTONIO and badly at that there's a complete lack of professionalism and that starts with MP and then the players I mean LANZINIS already on the beach things have to change and they will for a few games and then the players relax and the levels drop and that's when the manager earns his money but I don't care what anybody says our midfield isn't quick enough to support HALLER and I'm sorry but I quarentee when NOBLE is replaced with a young athlete our performances will improve I'm not saying he's solely to blame but he's too slow and pedestrian and cannot get away with a other season starting when fit I see our U-23 are top of their league and the 2 top scorers in HOLLAND and SULLY when will HOLLAND be given his chance . COYI.

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