Well 2010 is nearly behind us, and thank God for that! I'm not sure if it is the worst calandar year in the history of the club - there's too much misery involved in looking back over all the years of failure - but they can't come much worse can they? How many wins? How many points? Seven wins in the Prem - yes just SEVEN in an entire calander year - and just 34 points in total. 34 points - no team has survived in the Prem with 34 points have they? We sit at the foot of the Prem at the end of the year for a reason and that reason is not Grant and is not the Davids either. They inherited a complete mess.
There have been highs and lows of course. There always are. The worst low? It has to be the opening 4 games of this season. As tough as those games were, we went into the season with hope and that hope exploded like an infected bowel force fed vindaloo. The performance at Villa was truly diarrhea. Grant picked a poor team and Villa annihilated us. It could have been seven. But look at where Villa are in the table now. The Chelsea and Bolton performances were not as bad - in fact we competed for 45 minutes of both games - but we lost because of the same old failings. Defeat at Old Trafford was inevitable but the selection of Spector was again a key factor. What does this guy do on the training field to merit selection?
Had we taken four points from those first four games, we would be on the shoulder of the mid table pack. That terrible start has weighed us down ever since. That and the failure to win any of the home games against the three promoted clubs. On comparable results, Grant is ahead of Zola in the Grantazola Index, but Portsmouth, Burnley and Hull are no longer in the division and we took 9 points off those three at Upton Park!
Staying with the lows, the three worst performances of the season were the two 3-0 hammerings at Anfield - virtual carbon copies of each other - and that dreadful surrender at home to Wolves. We didn't compete in any of those games. If we repeat the result against Wolves at the weekend, we are relegated, no question.
And the highs? That Ilan goal at Everton that gave us hope. The Parker goal against Wigan that gave us belief. The appalling form of Hull and Burnley over the second half of the season because that saved us. The victory over Tottenham which suggested we can play football. The Carling Cup adventure. And we have retained the Ashes!
But 2010 will be remembered for the surreal too. Sullivan's email for one. Zola's holiday in Sardinia for another. The signing of Mido. Mido for God's sake! The weight problems of McCarthy.
And for a select band, 2010 was the nightmare to end all nightmares. Robert Green will have cold sweats at the mere mention of the year and Collison will hate the year to his dying day.
At the end of the year is there hope? Noble has come again. Tomkins has come again. Green may have come again. Collison will return. Sears is looking promising. If he can stay fit, Hines may come again. Stanislas is looking promising too. Before his injury, Da Costa was looking half decent. And the Davids are dusting down the cheque book!
Here's to the end of 2010, the ultimate nightmare year! Let's look at the positives. We didn't go bankrupt. We have reduced the debt. Our recent results haven't been that bad. We are in the semifinal of the Carling Cup. It aint all bad is it?
Let's make a resolution, to UNITE behind Grant and the team. To back them to succeed. To stop the moaning and accept that the mess is not of the making of the current owners or management and pray that we can somehow pull ourselves out of the shit we find ourselves in. The in fighting isn't helping, the tension inside Upton Park isn't helping, the booing isn't helping, the persecution of the likes of Cole isn't helping. We support this team don't we? Let's start celebrating in 2011instead of bleating!