Thursday, June 1

Let's get physio

Interesting to see that West Ham have appointed former Arsenal and England physio Gary Lewin as the new head of medical services. This suggests the board and Bilic were clearly not happy about the club's injury record last season and have opted for a new approach. Was there something in the way the Hammers trained or recovered that affected the injury list? The move from Chadwell Heath to Rush Green doesn't seem to have helped. 

At various times we lost Cresswell, Carroll, Ayew, Tore, Arbeloa, Obiang, Ogbonna, Byram, Reid and Antonio with medium to long-term injuries and Mark Noble ended the season with a hernia. The 53-year-old Lewin comes with a lot of experience and if he can get anything close to a full season out of Andy Carroll he'll really be earning his wages. 


matt said...

Well, I've been calling for a massive revamp of the medical and physio staff, and this seems a good start. More changes needed though, including in recruitment to ensure we stop signing crocks. Some people may be worried that Gary Lewin is best known for breaking his ankle in a goal celebration while on England duty:

But as I've said elsewhere, there's little danger of that at West Ham, with our record of shot-shy strikers...

Pete May said...

Sounds our sort of physio!