Submitted by Sav.
What were the critical management decision issues that the new owners had to make this year? In sequence, the West Ham Board should have done the following:
1. Do a clean up: Identify players in our squad that have repeatedly proven themselves to be more liabilities than assets and put together a plan for getting rid of them; and replacing them with competent Premier League players.
2. Make available a budget that would enable a skilful manager to achieve survival this year and build a good team in the next few years capable of competing for a European place.
3. Sack the current manager for failing to make a team of West Ham and for keeping us bottom of the League all season and repeatedly proving himself to be not up to the task.
4. Seek to appoint a new proven manager (such as O’Neill), one that can motivate and organize the team.
5. Move to the Olympic Stadium, or plan to build a new stadium, to ensure that the economics for long term survival are in place.
Now, if you read the five decision issues backwards from the 5th to the 1st and add to it a gross general mishandling (one that made the Club the laughing stock of the Premier League), you will end up with “all the wrong moves” by the West Ham Board!
They started with, and are almost totally pre-occupied by, the Olympic Stadium project. When they finally realized that we are reaching the point of no return, they sought to appoint a new manager before sacking the existing one and before making available an adequate budget to make a revival possible. Last but not least, they persevered with trusting the future of the Club to the hands (or should I say feet) of players who have proven, beyond any reasonable doubt, that they are not fit to be playing in this League. I will not mention any names because we all know who these players are; all except perhaps the owners and Avram Grant.