Thursday, 29 April 2010
What in Duxbury's name is going on at West Ham now ?
You have to laugh! Once upon a time, we heard nothing from the powers that be at West Ham. It was as if we, the fans, didn't matter. There was no need to inform us, we were just a bunch of East End Pikies who probably wouldn't be able to read a press release even if one was issued. Brown was aloof. Deals were done in smoke filled rooms and the first we knew about the comings and, mostly, goings, was when a player appeared in an opposition kit, or, immediately after signing for us, reported to the treatment room and booked an appointment with a financial adviser to discuss early retirement. Remember how we learnt, on Sky Sports News, that West Ham had signed Tevez and Mascherano and everybody thought the news team had got it wrong? Liverpool perhaps? Man Utd maybe? Tottenham possibly? But West Ham? Well, of course, our instincts were right and we hadn't signed them - but that was Brown's and Duxbury's little secret and, never mind us, they didn't share it with the FA or Premier League either!
Then along came Eggert and a new era of openness - open your mouth, open the cheque book, openly invite every other club to jack their valuations up five million as soon as the receptionist reported that West Ham were on the phone, even open your bottom cheeks and bite the cushion as every club in the land rushed to join the queue to take advantage of us.
Then came the era of Duxbury! Now we were told everything - with one small reservation, everything we were told was untrue! Duxbury embraced the media and gave them what they wanted - enough bullshit to fill an entire football supplement. He even embraced the blogs and fed them crap, buying the support of KUMB and Dale by massaging the egos of their editors. So what that Duxbury was shafting them? From Dale's point of view, that was a positive advantage! The only way of getting to the truth now was to listen to what Duxbury said, and assume the exact opposite. Looking forward to Ashton leading the line? He wasn't going to play again then. None of our players will be sold in January? That's goodbye to Bellyache then. The club do not need to sell anybody? That's Collins off to Villa! The club is not close to financial meltdown? Hello to the Davids and a package to avoid financial Armageddon!
But where is the centre of gravity now? At least we kind of knew where we stood before, even if it was, under Brown, completely in the dark! Now Gold says one thing one day and Sullivan the complete opposite the next! Is Zola staying or going? Are we a buying or selling club? None of us know.
Interesting days lie ahead. The Davids have cleverly constructed a maze and we are going to find it bloody difficult to puzzle our way through it!
Posted by Hammersfan at 16:56