Hello Hammers, here is today’s lunchtime round up.
Jonathan Calleri says Carlos Tevez told him to stay at West Ham. (Sky Sports)
As much as I have slated Calleri ever since he joined, I really hope he can turn his form around for us now he has decided to stay. Fair play to Carlos for persuading him too.
Slaven Bilic has admitted that he is a huge admirer of Joe Hart. (Football Insider 247)
I’m a big fan of Hart too. I would love to see us sign him in the summer, as I feel he would be a huge step forward and it would make a massive statement to other teams in the league.
Slaven Bilic has said that West Ham miss Cheikhou Kouyate every time he doesn’t play for the Hammers. (HITC)
I say this to my friends all the time, because its so clear that we do. We miss his energy levels and we miss the box to box runs that he makes. He is the engine of our midfield. When he plays, we play faster football and as a result are better in attack. I hope he comes in for Noble tomorrow, because I think him and Obiang are a brilliant pairing. As much as I love Noble, he just isn’t good enough to start anymore.
Simone Zaza has admitted that he failed to adapt to life at West Ham. (Sky Sports)
I respect Simone for admitting that it was his fault, not ours. Its very refreshing to hear that, and its just a shame that he didn’t succeed here. I wish him all the best at Valencia and hope he has a successful career.
Frank Lampard’s retirement was not acknowledged by West Ham yesterday. (Mail)
Why should it have been? He did a bad thing to us and us West Ham fans do not forget stuff like that. Don’t get me wrong, he has had a brilliant career and I think he is one of the greatest midfielders of all time. But just because he played for us, does not mean we should acknowledge his retirement.
Roberto Mancini is ready to replace Slaven Bilic as West Ham manager, should he fail to turn things around. (Mirror)
I love Slaven Bilic and I really do hope he stays with us, but sadly I just cannot see him being here next season. I think things are going on behind the scenes and I believe that it will indeed be Roberto Mancini who will lead us into next season. As I said, I love Slav and if he goes I will be very, very upset, but there is not much we can do. But when a manager like Mancini comes along and is interested in taking over your club, I’m sorry but you cannot say no. I feel he would be the man to take us to this ‘new level’ that the board keep mentioning to us all.
What bad thing did Lampard do to us? Asked to leave when his old man and uncle had been treated appallingly by Terry Brown? I’d have done the same. His retirement statement was very dignified.