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Jelavic West ham en de davids

Zie net dat West ham 5.5 miljoen + Piq voor Jelavic. Vind je het gek dat ze nee zeggen. Het word tijd dat de Davids is hun portomonee gaan trekken, Zeker met het vooruitzicht van promotie. Of denken ze nou echt dat ze met dit team in de premier league kunnen blijven, Nou ik denk van niet wat ik weet het wel zeker.

Zou het al knap vinden als we zonder echte versterkingen gaan promoveren. Keer op keer zien we dat we gewoon een  selectie hebben met te weinig diepte. En keer op keer zien we dat spelers uit positie worden gespeeld. Kijk maar naar Collison op de flank, Hetzelfde geld voor Baldock.

Sam heeft er gewoon meer slagkracht bij nodig. Carevv was een leuke voetballer was ook zeer blij dat ie kwam, maar de koek is gewoon op bij meneer. Als je het mij vraagt kunnen ze hem beter wegsturen want nu vreet ie alleen maar salaris. Verkopen zal bijna niet gaan want hij is gewoon niet goed genoeg meer, Hetzelfde geld voor Piq,  Alleen schijnt daar nog intresse voor te zijn (god mag weten waarom).

En dan nog iets, Ik snap niet echt waarom ze Jelavic willen halen, Tuurlijk hij scoort veel maar dat is in schotland. Der is al vaak genoeg bewezen dat spitsen die in schotland veel scoren dat meestal niet doen in engeland. Al zal ie vast van waarde zijn in de Championship maar in PL zet ik me vraagtekens er bij. Dus kortom is ie dat geld waard.

Ik vind beter dat ze voor Rhodes en Snodgrass kunnen gaan. En dan nog eenmiddevelder  er bij kunnen halen. Die gast van Palace ofzo ik ben ff ze naam kwijt. Dat zijn jonge spelers die nog jaren meekunnen. lijkt mij altijd een betere investering dan Jelavic.



Door Hilco Dijns

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Julien feeling good

Julien Faubert is enjoying a successful season at the Boleyn Ground

Julien Faubert has been through his fair share of ups and downs since arriving at West Ham United, but he now he firmly believes that both he and the club are in the ascent once more.

Faubert’s has experienced a top-ten finish in the Premier League, a long-term injury lay off, a loan move to Real Madrid and relegation to the npower Championship during his five years at the club since arriving from FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Now the France international is happy to be playing and having some consistency both on the pitch and off it under the tutorship of Sam Allardyce.

“I’m happy and my confidence is coming back as I’m playing a lot of games,” Faubert said. “I like the manager, the assistants and the atmosphere inside the club now. It is different now and is better than last season.

“There is more respect, more work and that is why things are going well. We are all pulling in the same way and I feel very good this season.”

With West Ham having no game this weekend, the break from playing gives Faubert and his team-mates the chance to put in extra preparation ahead of the tricky-looking trip to Ipswich Town on Tuesday night. The Hammers will be hoping to further cement their position at the top of the table with a win, although Faubert knows that being on top of the pile may bring its own challenges.

“We are top of the table and we are winning games. We don’t score too many goals but I think we are solid at the back. Southampton have made a mistake and now we are first on our own. It is in our hands now if we keep going like this; winning games away and being strong at home.

“We’re pleased we’re up there. Even from the start of the season everyone wanted to beat us because we came from the Premier League and have Premier League players.

“Every game the other team seem to play the game of their lives against us but really it is just about us. We can have pressure but we are professional and we have to deal with it. It is good for us and good for the club but it is not the end of the season so we can’t celebrate anything and we need to keep working hard.”

The right-sided midfielder, who is also equally as comfortable at right-back, has played in 24 of West Ham’s 27 Championship games this season and is flourishing under Big Sam. After not featuring as much last season, Faubert is a big fan of the new mangers’ straight-talking approach.

“It’s different because I played one full season with Zola that was good but this is one of my best. I play right-midfield or right-back but I don’t mind as I can play both positions. I’m happy to play because the atmosphere is really good and the way we play is proper football so it is one of my best seasons.

“I am happy here now so it is different to last season and my mentality is different because I think I had a good talk with the manger. He is a straight-talking guy and so am I and we talked man-to-man so it is good.”

Faubert’s determination and effort have won him many admirers among the Boleyn crowd this season – any strong tackle or darting run is often greeted by a chorus of ‘Julien’ – and Faubert was quick to praise the support of the Hammers faithful.

“It is good for me to have the fans’ backing because I play for myself but also for the fans as well because they are part of the club. We have to give our best for them as they have paid for their ticket. We are in the Championship now but they have stayed with us and are behind us and push us on.

“Sometimes I hear them singing my name but you can’t do anything about it on the pitch. It helps me to go forward, push and win the battle. It is good for my confidence.”

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Ernie Gregory: Footballer who served West Ham for half a century

There can hardly be any footballer, from any era, who gave more loyal service to one club than did Ernie Gregory to West Ham United. As a big, dominant, charismatic goalkeeper he was a linchpin of the Upton Park side for a dozen seasons in the middle years of the 20th century, a reassuring and often inspirational influence as the Hammers won the Second Division title in 1958.

Later he served West Ham as a coach, offering sage guidance to fine keepers such as Phil Parkes and Mervyn Day, and even after his 1987 retirement brought an end to his remarkable 51-year official tenure at the club, he was a regular visitor at the Chadwell Heath training ground, keeping an eye on the new generation of young keepers and delivering typically shrewd scouting assessments.

Though necessarily athletic, Gregory wasn’t an overtly spectacular performer; rather he specialised in canny positioning and safe, unshowy handling. He was unfailingly courageous, too, in an era when referees offered goalkeepers scant protection from fearsomely brawny centre-forwards, the likes of Trevor Ford, Derek Dooley and Nat Lofthouse, who seemed to bounce off him like lightweights when they encountered his muscular frame.

As a boy Gregory was a promising boxer, and on the football field he was a defender, but one day his goalkeeper brother Bob broke his leg and Ernie took his place between the sticks. Thereafter he progressed to the West Ham Boys side, for whom he was playing in the English Schools Trophy final in 1936 when he was spotted by the Hammers manager Charlie Paynter.

He was approached, too, by Arsenal and Sunderland, but he was an east Londoner to his boots and never contemplated joining anyone but West Ham, which he did that year. While still unpaid he helped local amateurs Leytonstone to win the Isthmian League title in 1938, then turned professional with the Hammers in 1939.

Aged only 18 at the outbreak of the Second World War, Gregory served in the Essex Regiment, also finding time to make half a century of appearances for the Hammers in unofficial emergency competition. Having lost the first half of his twenties to the conflict, he made his senior debut in a 4-1 Second Division victory over Plymouth Argyle in December 1946, and by season’s end he was the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, a position he retained, injuries permitting, until 1959.

For much of that period West Ham, managed from 1950 onwards byTed Fenton, were a moderate Second Division side, despite the presencein their rearguard of such luminaries as Malcolm Allison, Noel Cantwelland John Bond, and they owedplenty to Gregory’s heroics for keeping them buoyant.

There was no shortage of observers, especially in the East End, who maintained that he should be rewardedby full caps. But he was unable to oust such formidable rivals as Manchester City’s Frank Swift, Bert Williamsof Wolves and the Birmingham City man Gil Merrick, though he was granted one outing for England ‘B’, against France in 1952.

In 1957-58, during which he entered his 37th year, Gregory was still at the top of his game as the Hammers lifted their divisional title, and he remained a major force as Fenton’s side performed wonders by finishing sixth in the First Division. However, that spring he lost his place to the talented young Irishman Noel Dwyer and he made the last of his 406 senior appearances in a 2-1 home defeat by Leeds United in September 1959.

At that point, extraordinarily, Gregory was less than halfway through his tenure with the Hammers, whom he served as a coach for the next 28 years, through the managerial regimes of Ron Greenwood and John Lyall, helping with the development of, for example, the club’s trio of World Cup heroes, Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters. He offered experience, continuity and wisdom to wave after wave of Upton Park hopefuls, while setting a peerless example of integrity and simple dignity – and, frequently, entertaining them with his infectious brand of humour. He was summed up admirably by one of his star pupils, the England goalkeeper Phil Parkes, who described his mentor as the greatest servant West Ham have ever had.

Ernest Gregory, footballer and coach: born Stratford, London 10 November 1921; played for West Ham United 1946-60; married (wife deceased, and one daughter, deceased); died 21 January 2012.


Source:The Independent

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