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Gold eyeing revenge over Villa

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold admits he is hoping for revenge against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.

 

Gold: Is eyeing revenge against Villa Gold: Is eyeing revenge against Villa

The Hammers are back in the top flight after just one year in the Championship and once again begin their campaign against Villa, the team they played on the opening day of the season two years ago.

Back then Avram Grant’s side were thrashed 3-0 at Villa Park, with the season ultimately ending in the heartbreak of relegation.

Gold admits he is keen to see his side gain revenge on the Midlanders when they arrive at Upton Park on August 18.

“It’s going to be extremely exciting; we’re back in the Premier League,” Gold told Sky Sports News.

“It’s Aston Villa first, I’m pleased about that for a number of reasons, one being the last time we played them on the first game of the season two years ago they beat us 3-0 at Aston Villa, so I’m looking forward to them coming here and hopefully we can reverse the score.

“I think it is important to get off to a good start; the season before last in the Premier League I think we lost our first four games because we were playing big clubs.

“But at home to Aston Villa and away at Swansea, they are winnable games or games you can expect to get something from so we are very excited about it.”

When quizzed on the rest of West Ham’s fixtures, Gold admitted he sees every game as a highlight, such is the prestige of playing in England’s top division.

“I think the Spurs game at home will be exciting, Arsenal at home too, Manchester United, Manchester City, I could go on and on,” he added.

“We’re back in the Premier League, every game is a club with history, whether it is one we are seeking revenge as we are against Aston Villa or that it is just a great club coming to Upton Park.

“Whether we are playing super clubs or teams that have come up with us like Reading or Southampton, I could make a case that they are all exciting.

“This is the Premier League, the most exciting league the world has ever known, I really don’t mind who we play.”

Gold also revealed that the club’s finances have recovered significantly since he and co-chairman David Sullivan bought the club from Icelandic group CB Holding in 2010.

The previous ownership had laden the club with significant debts and a spiralling wage bill which Gold admits had pushed the club perilously close to administration.

However, the 75-year-old is much more optimistic about the club’s future, saying: “The club gets stronger with every passing day, when we first arrived it was scary times, the club was close to administration.

“We are clawing our way from that from those issues, we are getting stronger financially.

“The morale is high and the future is bright.”

 
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Gold reveals transfer ambition

Co-chairman admits Hammers are keen to strengthen

David Gold: Has revealed West Ham hope to sign up to four players this summerDavid Gold: Has revealed West Ham hope to sign up to four players this summer

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has revealed the club hope to sign up to four players during the summer transfer window.

The Hammers are back in the Premier League after just one season in the Championship thanks to their 2-1 play-off win over Blackpool at Wembley last month.

The summer re-building has already begun, with Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen agreeding a move to east London in July.

A number of other players have been linked with a switch to Upon Park, including former Real Madrid midfielder Guti, who is available on a free transfer after being released by Turkish club Besiktas.

Gold refused to be drawn on any individual targets but did admit the club intend to be busy right up until the deadline at the end of August.

“We’re connected with about 20 players,” Gold told Sky Sports News.

New season

“What we hope to do is to maybe bring in two, three or maybe four players by the close of the window as we start off in the new season.”

Gold also revealed that the Hammers did everything they could to try and persuade goalkeeper Robert Green to stay at the club.

The England international rejected the offer of a new deal and will leave when his contract expires at the end of the month.

“We did our very best and we’re very sad that we have lost Robert, “added Gold.

“We wish him well, and wherever he goes I’m sure he will be a great servant to that club.”

 
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Wedstrijden 2012/2013

Sat 18 Aug Aston Villa H
Sat 25 Aug Swansea City A
Wed 29 Aug Capital One Cup Round 2
Sat 1 Sep Fulham H
Sat 15 Sep Norwich City A
Sat 22 Sep Sunderland H
Wed 26 Sep Capital One Cup Round 3
Sat 29 Sep Queens Park Rangers A
Sat 6 Oct Arsenal H
Sat 20 Oct Southampton H
Sat 27 Oct Wigan Athletic A
Wed 31 Oct Capital One Cup Round 4
Sat 3 Nov  Manchester City H
Sat 10 Nov Newcastle United A
Sat 17 Nov Stoke City H
Sat 24 Nov Tottenham Hotspur A
Tue 27 Nov Manchester United A
Sat 1 Dec Chelsea H
Sat 8 Dec  Liverpool H
Wed 12 Dec Capital One Cup Round 5
Sat 15 Dec West Bromwich Albion A
Sat 22 Dec Everton H
Wed 26 Dec Arsenal A
Sat 29 Dec Reading A
Tue 1 Jan Norwich City H
Sat 5 Jan F.A. Cup Round 3
Wed 9 Jan Capital One Cup Semi-Final (1)
Sat 12 Jan Sunderland A
Sat 19 Jan Queens Park Rangers H
Wed 23 Jan Capital One Cup Semi-Final (2)
Sat 26 Jan F.A. Cup Round 4
Wed 30 Jan Fulham A
Sat 2 Feb Swansea City H
Sat 9 Feb Aston Villa A
Sat 16 Feb F.A. Cup Round 5
Sat 23 Feb Tottenham Hotspur H
Sun 24 Feb Capital One Cup Final
Sat 2 Mar Stoke City A
Sat 9 Mar Manchester United  H F.A. Cup Round 6
Sat 16 Mar Chelsea A
Sat 30 Mar West Bromwich Albion H
Sat 6 Apr Liverpool A
Sat 13 Apr Southampton  A F.A. Cup Semi-Final
Sat 20 Apr Wigan Athletic H
Sat 27 Apr Manchester City A
Sat 4 May Newcastle United H
Sat 11 May F.A. Cup Final
Sun 12 May Everton A
Sun 19 May Reading H

 
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West Ham United start Premier League season at home to Aston Villa

Sam Allardyce's side open the season against Aston Villa: Action Images
Sam Allardyce’s side open the season against Aston Villa: Action Images

West Ham United will start their Premier League season at home to Aston Villa on Saturday, August 18.

The Hammers’ first away game is at Swansea City on Saturday, August 25.

Sam Allardyce’s side end the campaign at home to fellow newly promoted side Reading on Sunday, May 19.

The Irons will visit Arsenal on Boxing Day before hosting Norwich City on New Year’s Day.

Champions Manchester City travel to Upton Park on Saturday, November 3 while Manchester United are scheduled to travel to West Ham on Saturday, March 9.

 
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Hammers close on Olsson

Premier League new-boys hoping to snap up defender after Euros

Jonas Olsson: Currently representing Sweden at Euro 2012Jonas Olsson: Currently representing Sweden at Euro 2012

Sky Sports sources understand West Ham are hoping to conclude the signing of West Brom defender Jonas Olsson after Euro 2012.

The centre-back, who has been representing Sweden in Group D of the tournament opposite England, France and Ukraine, is out of contract at The Hawthorns next summer.

Olsson has previously hinted he would be open to a new challenge away from the Baggies, who recently appointed Steve Clarke as their new boss.

Tottenham were reported to be chasing his signature but it is uncertain whether he is still a target following the sacking of manager Harry Redknapp.

Aston Villa, Fulham, Everton, and Turkish side Galatasaray have also been linked with the stopper but it appears the Hammers could beat them to the punch.

The 29-year-old, who joined the Baggies from NEC Nijmegen in 2008, has previously said he will make a decision on his future after the Euros.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is keen to strengthen his options after guiding the club back into the Premier League last season.

 
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