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Subject: Watford, Charlton, West Ham
sofa    2/23/2007 8:30:28 PM
Wigan? Sheffield UTD? Man City?
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EssexBoy    West Ham   2/24/2007 6:57:12 AM
As a life-long fan of the Irons I am sad to say the we will definitely be going down. We've been abysmal all season but the final nail in the coffin was the loss at home to Watford; just about the most abject performance I have seen since .... well, since the 6-0 drubbing by Reading :-(
Sheffiel Utd are safe as are City. Wigan might get pulled into it but I think they'll survive (they might have been eight or nine points clear if it hadn't been for two appalling refereeing decisions recently).
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sofa    sad hammer   2/25/2007 7:37:26 AM
Bringing in Tevez and Mascherano was a big mistake.
Sacking Pardew was even bigger mistake.
Pardew put together a very good side and would have finished mid-table, if left alone.
Spector was so happy to get away from Curbs, and then Curbs follows.
Boa Morte, Upson, Niell: Not the sharpest tools in the shed.
Will be sad to watch more Hammers talent dispersed around the league.
Icelandic genius.
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sofa    pearce   2/25/2007 7:42:52 AM
Pearce has ManCity playing kickball and needs to go.
Can he see writing on the wall, and needs U21 as fall back?
Good for City. Bad for England.
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sofa    sad hammer   2/25/2007 7:47:11 AM
Pardew wins 4-0, but doesn't like it.
He was sad in pre-match interviews, and sadder after, for having driven that nail in the coffin.
Still a hammer, deep down.
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EssexBoy    Sofa   2/25/2007 8:51:54 AM
I don't think that keeping pardew would have made any difference. We were abysmal in the first half of the season. He/we were unlucky with injuries (Ashton, Etherington, and Collins) but why key players like Reo-Coker, Gabbidon, Ferdinand and Benayoun lost form so badly is beyond me. The signings of Tevez and Mascherano, and all the speculation about the buy-out, may have destabilised the squad but we won't find out what really happened until we're relegated and players start to leave. AP has to take some of the blame though, particularly for his signings last summer. None of whom strengthened the squad.
As far as AC is concerned, he made two bad signings(Louis Boa Morte for £5m and Kepa Blanco on loan - both of whom he has subsequently relegated to the bench), Quashie's not a bad scrapper but was never going to be the player to save us. AC's two decent signings (Neil and Upson) were both injured on their debuts. I think the situation was already irretrievable when he took over.
I don't know if you've watched many of our games or been to Upton Park this season (I've no idea where you're from), but the players have been gutless, no fight at all, and it's this that hurts the most.
One thing I can say - its never boring supporting West Ham.
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sofa       2/27/2007 3:01:40 PM
Hammers done.
Is Curbs done after 4-0 (de javu) drubbing of uninspired side?
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EssexBoy    Curbishley   3/1/2007 1:23:14 PM
I think Eggy will give Curbs next season to sort things out. I imagine there will be a clearing out exercise and (more) money made available to get us back into the Premiership. The only question mark is whether or not Curbs will want to stay on; he looks a broken man to me.
Btw I've forked out the best part of £50 for a ticket to the Spurs game (a game I could have watched for nothing on Sky in any one of several pubs in town with a decent pint, Sunday lunch and a five minute toddle home instead of an 80 mile round trip) don't ask me why.
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sofa       3/5/2007 10:16:25 PM
first half: It was the best of times.
second half: It was the worst of times.
Surely their back is broken now. It was most cruel.
Dead last in the Table.
And now a points deduction. The wording makes me wonder ...if West Ham are guilty; then how about Liverpool? Missing Top 4 and CL spot because of Mescherano entanglement....
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sofa       3/5/2007 10:17:53 PM
Man City can hear that sucking sound now, as they get dragged into it.
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EssexBoy    Points deduction   3/6/2007 12:42:45 PM
The worst thing about the points deduction is that, as the hearing is unlikely to be completed before the end of the season, the deduction will take place the next time we get back in the premiership so our channces of surviving that season will be zero.
I'm also sad to confirm that there was a great deal of anti-semitic chanting during the match, particularly from the Bobby Moore Upper stand (where I was sitting), so I imagine the club will be penalised for that as well.
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