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Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 11:47 Fri Jul 17
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Former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is on the shortlist of candidates for Inter Milan and Juventus should the Italian clubs sack their managers - Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri respectively - at the end of the season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Inter coach Conte must convince the club's board to agree to N'Golo Kante's salary, which is the main obstacle to them signing the 29-year-old Chelsea and France midfielder.(SempreInter)

Tottenham are interested in signing 24-year-old English winger Demarai Gray, who has entered the final year of his contract at Leicester City. (Times - subscription required)

Ajax and Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, 27, is a potential transfer target for Manchester City this summer. (Sports Illustrated)

Bayer Leverkusen have accepted that Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 21, has chosen to join Chelsea, but the Bundesliga outfit want to delay the transfer until the end of August. (Star)

Meanwhile, Blues defender Antonio Rudiger's future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt, with no formal discussions having taken place over a new deal for the the 27-year-old Germany international, who has two years left on his contract. (Mail)

West Ham United are likely to sell Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson, 27, this summer even if they stay in the Premier League. (Times - subscription required)

Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 29, is confident of completing a move to Liverpool after turning down a new contract with the Bundesliga champions.(Mirror)

Burnley and Newcastle United are interested in Sheffield United's 32-year-old English defender Chris Basham, who has one year left on his Blades deal. (Mail)

Arsenal are keen to sign France Under-21 defender Malang Sarr but the 21-year-old - available on a free transfer from Nice - is also a target for clubs in Italy and Germany. (Sun)

Manchester United have agreed a deal with Real Madrid's 17-year-old Spanish left-back Alvaro Fernandez Carreras, who will sign a four-year deal at Old Trafford. (AS - in Spanish)

Spurs could be without Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier for the remainder of the campaign after the 27-year-old returned to France following the death of his brother. (Evening Standard)

Manchester City have agreed personal terms with Valencia's Spanish winger Ferran Torres, 20. (Eurosport)

Manchester United have no plans to reintegrate Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 30, into their first-team squad after his disappointing loan spell with Estudiantes in his homeland.(Manchester Evening News)

Former Italy defender Ezequiel Schelotto, 31, has revealed he is leaving Brighton and has targeted a return to a club in Serie A. (The Argus)

West Ham, Norwich and Watford are competing to sign to sign QPR's Republic of Ireland midfielder Ryan Manning, 24. (Football Insider)

Walsall remain in negotiation talks with English midfielder Danny Guthrie, 33, over a new contract. (Express & Star)


Frustrated David Moyes urges West Ham to promise less and deliver more

Manager says his players show too much inconsistency
‘I want the team to be harder and tougher’

Jacob Steinberg

David Moyes has warned that West Ham should beware failing to deliver on grand promises after spending another season fighting for Premier League survival.

West Ham, who are three points above the bottom three before Friday’s crucial home game against Watford, have fallen well short in their ambition of breaking into the elite since leaving Upton Park in 2016 and Moyes believes they must be prepared to build patiently if they stay up. The manager’s view is that starts with hard graft, warning that the club have too often been viewed as a soft touch by opposing sides.

“The key is for us is to make sure we are a Premier League club and see if we can continue that,” Moyes said. “Of all the things that I heard in lockdown the most interesting came from the Archbishop of York. He said: ‘Promise less and deliver more.’ That has to be a little bit of West Ham.

“We have to make sure we deliver. We cannot keep promising that we will finish in the high, high positions. We need to build the club. We suddenly can’t go from this position to way up the Premier League. I hope we can but we need to be careful that we don’t promise too much, which we can’t deliver.”

Moyes, who returned for a second stint at West Ham after replacing Manuel Pellegrini in December, faced Watford when he began his first spell in November 2017. Watford won 2-0 and Moyes was alarmed when Marko Arnautovic, who left West Ham last summer, went off with an injury.

“The biggest memory is that Marko Arnautovic came off with a sore finger,” he said. “I thought: ‘My goodness, what is this I have got here?’ I want to get away from a West Ham team that is soft. I want them to be harder and tougher as we are in a relegation battle.”

Moyes admitted he viewed West Ham as easy prey when he managed Everton, though he argued the current side are capable of mixing flair with grit. The former Manchester United and Sunderland manager was asked about the so-called West Ham Way – an idea supporters celebrate with chants of “West Ham United, we play on the floor” – and insisted he was committed to an expansive approach.

“We’ve got an awful lot of good football players,” Moyes said. “That is the way I am going and that is the way we tend to play. When I said ‘hard’ it was getting away from the inconsistent West Ham; the flaky West Ham. I want us to get away from being a team where you think you can roll them over and catch them on an off day. I want more consistency.”

Evening Standard

Mark Noble column: No distractions for West Ham on my 500th appearance

The delight and elation following our 4-0 win over Norwich was obviously then diluted when the other teams below us also won.

To be honest, though, after the match I wanted to get away from it a bit, so I stayed away from the TV on Sunday. I needed to think about something else for a few hours and clear my mind.

If all you do is sit in front of the TV and watch those other teams, you become more and more anxious and, anyway, I had an idea that Aston Villa would beat Crystal Palace at home and Bournemouth would do enough to take the points at home to Leicester.

That’s why the Norwich win was so important for us. The bottom line is that nothing much has changed and we still have to beat Watford tonight.

It’s important we just keep our minds clear and that we don’t worry about things out of our control.

Of the teams down there, we remain in the best position. We also have a far superior goal difference, which is worth another point. We’re at home, not that it makes a lot of difference with no fans in, but the most important thing is the players understand how vital this game is — and that they give everything in search of that victory.

That was certainly the case against Norwich and our performance against them looked even more impressive after watching them run Chelsea close at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Everything clicked on the day at Carrow Road and we’re going to need a similar performance tonight. I felt good in the game but I’ll leave it to others to decide whether that was because I had sat out the previous couple of matches. All that concerns me is winning matches, full stop.

Whether someone on social media thinks I should be in the team, or whether another player can do better, is irrelevant as far as I’m concerned.

Tonight could be my 500th first-team competitive game for the club, so I must be doing something right.

It’s a special milestone but I don’t want to tempt fate by talking about it before it happens and, more than anything, I don’t want any distractions before this particular game. I don’t yet know if I’m in the team. Yes, I want to play but, above everything, I just want West Ham to win. The last time we were in this position was the season before last. We were 15th with three games to go and by no means certain to avoid relegation.

I scored in a 2-0 win at Leicester and we followed that with a goalless home draw with Manchester United and a 3-1 win over Everton, also at home.

This is similar — all we need to do is win as many of our last three games, starting tonight and then followed by Manchester United away and at home to Aston Villa on Sunday week.

I don’t care how we play — we just need to do as well as we can. We’d like it to be done and dusted by our final game but, if not, then so be it.

We’re playing well and Michail Antonio was exceptional at Norwich, where became the first West Ham player to score four goals in the top flight since David Cross in 1981.

Michail has pace and power and with the two goals I helped him score, I knew exactly where he was going and when he wanted the ball. When he is on his game, he is unplayable.

The result put Norwich down but they were so far adrift, they knew it was going to happen. Their players looked devastated and I’ve experienced relegation, so I have an idea how they feel.

When we were relegated under Avram Grant, though, I was recovering from a hernia operation and wasn’t involved really, so it was a bit different.

As far as tonight is concerned, I expect a tough game. I like Watford and they have some good, strong players, but what a massive incentive we have to win.

Cherries OS

AFC Bournemouth can confirm academy player, Remy Coddington, has joined West Ham United on a full-time scholarship.

The 16-year-old joined the Cherries in March 2019 and has represented Bermuda at youth level. The club wishes Remy every success in his future career.

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Texas Iron 8:49 Fri Jul 17
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Good words by Mr Mark...

COOL HAND LUKE 5:42 Fri Jul 17
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Thanks Al, trust you are keeping well mate.

I just hope we turn up tonight... I've lost count of the number of 'must win' games I've watched us piss away.


ted fenton 1:53 Fri Jul 17
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Mex Martillo 1:30 Fri Jul 17

Alan 1:47 Fri Jul 17
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Mark Noble column added.

Mex Martillo 1:30 Fri Jul 17
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bill green 1:03 Fri Jul 17

bill green 1:03 Fri Jul 17
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Thanks Alan 12:11 Fri Jul 17

blueeyed.handsomeman 12:36 Fri Jul 17
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THankYou Alan,THanks Alan,Withi ki REGA,Maddogo'
after midnight/
friday july 17th ,2020

Thanks Alan 12:11 Fri Jul 17
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Mad Dog 12:05 Fri Jul 17

With Kind Regards 12:11 Fri Jul 17
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Mad Dog 12.05

Mad Dog 12:05 Fri Jul 17
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Thanks Alan

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