Friday, 28 May 2010
Sullivan and Gold Play The £106m Drop
Well, S&G made it through the first round, bravely lumping the majority of the money on Zola and Clarke, whilst risking a smaller reserve on McCarthy and a relative pittance on Mido and Ilan. Given the Championship Play Off game was supposed to be worth £83m to the winners, S&G have already come close to covering the reduced debt just by staying up. But now it gets interesting.
The Zola answer is no longer an option, and the choice seems to be between Avram Grant and...well the only dark horse is Curbishley and I think he queered his pitch when he tried to climb into the Hull City saddle. The remaining £86m staked on Avram? If he was a horse in the National, your heart would be in your mouth as he approached the Chair; and with the Davids in charge, he will certainly be quaking in fear at any mention of the Elbow!
But where do we go from there? I have a feeling that all £86m has been lumped on the Stadium move, not because it is best for the club but because it will go a long way towards giving S&G back their initial investment. A redeveloped Upton Park must be worth between £40m and £50m. So, once that deal is done, West Ham already looks like a tasty money making venture, providing the Davids do enough to keep us in the Prem.
How do they now divvy up the pot? £8m on Henry's wages? That's a non runner in my book, that chute will open up and the money would disappear down the tubes. £7m on feeding up Yakubu? We have already bought one fatted calf, McCarthy, so surely we won't buy another. £3m on Piquionne? You might as well buy a bloody Pekingese!
What is odd is the way none of the money is being staked on a defender. Sure we need strikers but the goals against column was a disaster last season. If we leave all the money lumped on Da Costa, Tomkins, Gabbidon, Spector, Ilunga, Faubert and Upson, then the relegation reprieve will be for one season only. Then there is the problem of that imbalanced midfield. It seems we are committed to keeping both Parker and Behrami and I don't think the pair compliment each other because both are so goal shy and both lack any real vision creatively. Is Beckham the answer? Do we really want to stake all on a player who is recovering from an injury that destroys the careers of players half his age?
My money would be going on Fletcher and Eagles to start with but it is beginning to look as if Fletcher will be allowed to move to Wolves instead. If you're not black and fat, you're not on the S&G radar as a striker it seems. Who knows, maybe Karren Brady now has a thing for big black men?
Watching the contestants on the Million Pound Drop get excited when they get through the first round is a warning to all us Hammers fans. With Hull, Burnley and Pompey in the division, that first big question was really a gimme, even with Zola in charge. But now, the pressure builds for everybody except Sullivan and Gold. With the move to the Olympic Stadium looking more and more likely, they are already close to recouping their initial investment; it's the rest of us sweating on the future. And the summer may just be the commercial break before everything goes tits up after the adverts!
Posted by Hammersfan at 22:35