Monday, January 01, 2007

Curbishley Out!

West Ham are 4-0 down to Reading after 36 minutes. Does it get any worse than that? I may have to revise me prediction HERE that relegation will be avoided. Alan Pardew, please come back... Of course the players are to blame, but Curbishley has to answer the question on every West Ham fan's lips: Why on earth won't you start with Carlos Tevez? In each game I've seen him play he has looked the most likely to score. Mascherano hasn't been given a look in and yet he's supposed to be the best player in South America. And he dropped the fantastic Mark Noble (our next big home grown player) and brought in Shaun Newton, a journeyman player well past his best who has just finished a ban for cocaine use. In addition Jonathan Spector, our best defendere this season, has been dropped in favour of the ageing Christian Dailly. Admittedly Dailly played well against Man City, but it's a strange thing to do to drop your best player. I know you shouldn't judge a manager on just a few games, but I am pretty sure this would not have happened under Pardew. Happy New Year!

UPDATE: I am embarrased to report that the final score was 6-0.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

"it's a strange thing to do to drop your best player."

D'ye hear him Davey? Bring back George Duncan Smith!!!

chatterbox said...

Iain, your reputation as a West Ham fan is spreading. Just heard one of my fitba daft kids comment "Iain Dale will be sick as a parrot at that result!

lilith said...

With football it is always unwise to question if things can get any worse. As any Man City fan will know.

Anonymous said...

Only hit for six? A dramatic improvement on the first half then!

Time to send for Sven?

Anonymous said...

The trouble is that the Hammers thought that they were still playing Watford in the rain, while Reading were still geared up to fight ManU!

Anonymous said...

I believe that there is one Cheeky Girl going spare. Do you need a work permit to be a football manager?

javelin said...

Oh dear.

Just like West Ham they fade and die.... said...

west Ham did well to get nil.

injunction said...

'I am pretty sure this would not have happened under Pardew.' Possibly not, but then it seems to be fairly well known that Pardew was sacked because of events off the pitch.

BJ said...

"Our next big home grown player"?

So when will the 'Appy 'Ammers be selling him, then?

Anonymous said...

Iain, Given someone else has filled the gap of books about Cameron, could you not lend a hand to West Ham in their hour of need ?

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Anonymous said...

We will have to wait for Pardew to come back with Charlton - then we shall get a true idea what the fans think of their former manager 'playin away'.

james higham said...

6-0! Pretty good team, Reading.

Michael Joslin said...

I have never rated Curb's as a manager. People say he did a great job without much money but he actually spent about £30 million for little result. Iain Dowie got the same results that Curbishly did in the same period at Charlton. I must agree with your comments Iain. Mascerano must start and West Ham should build the team around him. His ability to cross the ball is simply sensational.

Anonymous said...

"His ability to cross the ball is simply sensational."

They used to say that about David Beckham pre-nanny.

Anonymous said...

Excellent points, and especially so for a West Ham fan.

Curbs likes hard working journeymen players, thus the two Argentinians wont get played.

Anonymous said...

The result is a one-off. I'm sure Curbs will turn things round for the Hammers.

Anonymous said...

The Hammers are too big to go down - oh wait.

AussieGooner79 said...

Ouch!! Sorry to hear about the Hammers' drubbing today! I've got Mascherano in my fantasy football team - what a waste that was!

Anonymous said...

Just watching it on Match of the Day- Bowyer has forgotten how to shoot and Gabbidon thinks he is playing rugby and defending from a free kick is appalling. Good luck for the rest of the season- as a Leeds fan I know depression- think you can't get as bad as us.

Anonymous said...

Oh and didn't Newton play for Charlton at one point- that's probably at a guess why Curbs likes him

Anonymous said...

Isn't a Mascherano one of those cherry things girlies put in their drinks?

Maggie Thatcher Fan said...

Take heart Iain
I can remember Fulham beating Ipswich 10-1 on a bank holiday weekend at home 35 or so yrs ago , and three days later going back down to Ipswich and losing 4-2.
It's never over till its over.

Odessa Calling said...

Yes, I remember Ipswich losing 10-1 to Fulham over Christmas in 1963, then winning the return game 4-2.

They still went down though.

Up the Daggers said...

Never mind, in for or five years West Ham will be meeting Dagenham & Redbridge in the Conference.

Hey, ho, silver lining.....

newmania said...

Do you really like Footbal, then Iain , it seems to be de rigeur for everyone to "like football" nowadays ? Its a good game but rugby is better.


I don`t know that I can readily imagine you scampering around with the old jumpers for goalposts . Am I wrong ...ususally

Anonymous said...

I just went on the West Ham 'fan' site which is full of all kinds of back-biting stuff and suggestions that 'going down' is something that Mr Pardew might have more experience of than is widely known.

Might explain why a quite expensive and reasonably-rated team has suddenly (over a few months) become demoralised and dispirited?

Anonymous said...

newmania, oh come along now, surely you've worked out by now that Iain isn't really a rugby boy...

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...but I bet you would rather they lost one game 6-0 than 6 games 1-0.

It ain't over till the fat lady sings.

Anonymous said...

At least one can gain comfort from Raymond 'Barney' Van Barneveld's victory over Phil 'The Molester' Taylor in last night's darts final.

Maggie Thatcher fan said...

Odessa, just got back from work, your comment was a bit harsh, but since we got a point against Chelski(and we should have won) ans Spurs lost at home I'll let it pass.,,,all in the spirit of Goodwill to all men/women
I'm not sure you are correct about relegation either, I will have to check back.....

Maggie Thatcher fam said...

Odessa You are correct, I thought you meant Fulham got relegated The match was on 27/12/63 and Ipswich did indeed get relegated! History does not have to repeat itself!

Anonymous said...

My notes said "34 minutes" for the 4th goal. I will not be changing my own prediction that West Ham are for the drop. Also thing more than one Lib Dem MP will cross to the Cons. I say "at least three".