Tuesday, December 6

Sullivan backs Bilic

Quite a sensible announcement from David Sullivan backing Slaven Bilic and pointing out, "We cannot forget the amazing job that Slaven did in his first season at the Club. With a bit more luck he could have taken us into the top four." 

Sullivan makes a good point about sticking together and doesn't quite deserve all the flak he's got on social media for referring to "the West Ham family". Yes, Sullivan and Gold are businessmen who want to make money out of football, but they stepped in when the club was bankrupt and would have been accused of lacking ambition had they not gone for the Olympic Stadium. Football has been run as big business ever since the Premier League started in 1992 and for all their mistakes, we could do worse than have British owners with local connections. 

The Boleyn Ground has gone and we can't bring it back and now, for all its faults, we have to try and make the London Stadium work. The bad summer signings have happened and must be rectified in the January transfer window. We have as ever, to wait for the injury crisis to improve. Payet might have to go if he's unhappy. Slaven's coaching team needs re-considering perhaps, but there's no point in changing the gaffer yet. There will be lots of moaning as with any team near the bottom, but Sullivan is in essence right. The players need to look at themselves and we need to get behind the team — and stay to the end even if we're playing rubbish. COYI.

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