Tevez Will Leave Because of Curbs

May 27, 2007

THIS article from today’s Observer has the ring of truth about it – especially as it is co-written by Denis Campbell, a West Ham season ticket holder and a journalist with excellent links into the club…

Carlos Tevez, West Ham’s controversial Argentine striker, is keen to leave the club because of differences with manager Alan Curbishley. Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are all considering a move for Tevez, who scored seven goals in the Hammers’ last 10 Premiership games of the season to help keep them in the top flight.
According to a West Ham insider, Tevez will not consider staying at Upton Park as long as Curbishley is in charge. ‘Tevez likes the club and wants to stay,’ the source said, ‘but he won’t while Alan Curbishley is the manager. He hasn’t forgotten how he was treated when Curbishley first took over from Alan Pardew. He told Tevez he didn’t know what his best position was, treated him indifferently in training, and refused to play him at first.’Curbishley left the 23-year-old on the bench for his first game in charge, a 1-0 win over Manchester United in December, and it was a month before he named Tevez in a starting line-up in the Premiership.
‘If there was a change of manager maybe it would be different,’ the source added, ‘but Tevez does not think Curbishley knows what he is doing and that he’s a bad manager. He wants to play for someone who can further develop his game. Curbishley recognises now that Tevez saved our season, but it’s too late.’

Tevez, who has won 25 caps for Argentina and played for them in last year’s World Cup finals, was the subject of a £31million bid from Inter Milan while at Brazilian club Corinthians in 2005, and it is believed that a similar figure will be demanded for him this summer.


Calum Davenport on His Way?

May 27, 2007

One of the papers today reckons Derby are about to sign Calym Davenport for £1 million. If som this is a joke. We only bought him in January and paid £3 million for him. I have always rated him and think he will be a major asset for us. OK, he didn’t set us alight but he didn’t let us down either. We’d be mad to sell him for £1 million.


Watford’s Arcelik and Kok Holding Shame

May 26, 2007

Norfolk Blogger writes:

The BBC are reporting HERE in their football gossip pages that Watford’s kits are to feature a new name on them from next year. BEKO will replace the names of their Turkish parent company. Now I don’t know how you say the names in Turkish, but in phonetic English I don’t think I have seen many funnier names.

I can see why Watford Football club would prefer BEKO to Arcelik and Koc holding !


Lucas Lures His Mate

May 26, 2007

Lucas Neill has given an INTERVIEW to the Australian Telegraph in which he reveals that he is trying to help Eggert Magnusson sign Mark Viduka. Please God, no. Apart from that it’s a great interview. I think he could become a real West Ham legend and he’ll undoubtedly take over the captaincy from Reo-Croker.


Di Canio v Sven

May 26, 2007

Bye Bye Nigel

May 26, 2007

So farewell then Nigel Reo-Coker. He’s handed in a transfer request. According to his shit of an agent “he never felt wanted”. Oh give me a break. He was made Captain for God’s sake! I don’t know how much more of an indication of your worth you could want. On his day Nigel was superb. But too often in the first half of the season he wasn’t.

If we can get £8 million for him I’d let him go. I think he’s seen the writing on the wall that Lucas Neill is much more of a leader than he is, too.

But I’d like to thank him for his three years at the club. But maybe it really is best for him to go.


Politicians & Media Hacks Who Support West Ham

May 26, 2007

In next season’s West Ham matchday programme I hope to be writing a series of profiles and interviews with people in politics and the media who support the Hammers. I already have quite a long list, but if you know any MPs, Peers, AMs, MLAs, MSPs or media hacks who support the Hammers do let me know in the Comments. And no, they don’t get free tickets for taking part!