WHO Poll
Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
24%
  
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
17%
  
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
20%
  
d. Moyes out
36%
  
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham
3%
  



w4hammer 1:23 Fri Jun 9
Antonio -- surely on his way out
...isnt he? All that crap last week on his podcast, then after the game, while everyone was celbrating with the cup and fans, hes' playing roly-poly in the centre circle with his kids likes its a family fun day for the dog & duck second 11 . Disrepectful and shows again a wierd side of his character

So- he's off for a "final" pay day, the Ings experimaent is a costly failure and who knows where scammacca will end up

A complete new front line next season then ;-))

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Manuel 11:25 Sun Jun 11
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
goose - On the face of it no, but these things can be worked out if all parties want the move i.e Leeds offer him a longer deal, or we let him go at a cut price if we won't rid, plus Leeds are hardly skint, and what price coming straight back up.

But the issue here is, as said below, it's ridiculous how dependent we are on him now, so what gives?

goose 11:16 Sun Jun 11
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
Nobody in the championship will be paying his level of wages.

BRANDED 11:06 Sun Jun 11
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
He would make a lot of sense at Leeds as they try and come straight back.

Eerie Descent 10:48 Sun Jun 11
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
If he didn't have an ego the size of a planet, the absolute perfect role for him now, especially at his age and playing style, would be impact sub. The toys would come out of the pram though.

Problem is, and it's a huge one, is how on earth can we go into a season under this manager without Antonio as an option? We haven't been able to be remotely competitive without the raw battering ram up front. Obviously we need to try something new, but we need him if the same happens again and we're battling relegation.

Matthew Holmes 10:28 Sun Jun 11
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
The situation is that we know he's near the end. But it's risky getting an exact replacement as there aren't many/any.

Given this we hope for a better option but that's unknown as Moyes isn't the most creative (!). So we could end up selling him, being unable to change and stuck in a misfiring system.

Matthew Holmes 10:23 Sun Jun 11
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
Time to move on for sure.
He's been excellent for us. Some vital and fantastic goals. Sometimes unplayable.

More clinical striker would be an upgrade but not many are fast and strong as him.

But I've changed my mind about it a bit. Is it better to keep him on as a sub/ 2nd choice?
Depends on
Who will be 1st choice (enormous question - can we play to ing' strengths?)
Is it better if he leaves for the squad now he's shooting mouth off more and eyeing career after football as a pundit or whatever.
He continued to stay injury free. He's done well for appearances recently.

Can see Scammacca and Ings leaving and scoring masses of goals elsewhere is a system to suit them.

Manuel 7:01 Sun Jun 11
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
''Not sure how much demand there will be for his services though''


There will definitely be clubs in for him, not to many front men like him around and he has a decent goal record. Forest, Palace, Everton could be three interested parties.

He's done well for us overall, but agree it's really time he was moved on and we move on from him, and fancy he wants to go himself now too.

the exile 10:13 Sat Jun 10
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
It surprises me that Moyes has never used him as a winger, where he could still be quite effective imo, especially coming on as a sub when defenders are tiring.

In terms of getting shot, I agree, for all the reasons already stated. Not sure how much demand there will be for his services though. Totally agree that we need to change our style to suit a proper striker like Scamacca if he stays. Cast your mind back a few months and he scored two or three nice goals laid on by Paqueta, which is exactly what we should work on for next season, especially now that Paqurta has found his mojo.

Far Cough 10:11 Sat Jun 10
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
Traore's a winger isn't he, just what we need?

Surfinglizard 9:51 Sat Jun 10
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
Agree on that. There’s a lot of money needed to just get the squad ready for Prem 2024. It’s going to be ruthless.

LeroysBoots 9:48 Sat Jun 10
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
As a finisher he's fucking hopeless, we need so much better

Been looking at some of the games replayed, we have do much mediocrity in the squad, we need a reboot

Cresswell, Johnson, Souceck for a start can all go

Alwaysaniron 8:43 Sat Jun 10
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
Whilst he was playing with his kids the fans where I was standing (halfway between the dugout and the Fiorentina fans) started singing his name. Took him an age to even acknowledge we were even there. Weird bloke with a bad dentist.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 8:35 Sat Jun 10
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The Ghost of Sven 2:57 Fri Jun 9

'Someone on here mentioned they'd heard he was getting divorced'

He is. His missus is a divorce lawyer, so good luck to him with that. She wants to destroy him with the settlement.

'Might be bollocks but someone I know who reckons he knows someone who knows someone reckons the divorce is because he has managed to get two women pregnant.
Neither of whom are Mrs Antonio'

Not quite bollocks. Pretty close really. One of the kids is Mrs Antonio's, but the other one was born only 2 months after (or before - whatever). Hence the soon-to-be ex-Mrs Antonio's ire.

In other news... People getting divorced from famous people should probably try to resist confiding in their hairdresser...

Surfinglizard 8:21 Sat Jun 10
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
I think you have a player here who is going to get as many plaudits as critics. He’s marmite for sure. I think he has been the perfect foil at the front in the current system but that doesn’t mean we should play that way in the future but it also doesn’t mean he was shit. There are many many teams who just couldn’t play against him. He’s unique. I do think we have to change the style and format of our play and if he does leave that will be the catalyst. If Moyes can make the change successfully then great because most of this domestic season has been dog shit. As many have said already it’s not the lack of players it’s the playing format - the style - that’s the limiting factor right now for West Ham. We will be comfortable next season as there will easily be three worse fuckers that get relegated but a big challenge for the club when Rice leaves is how do you reinvent the leadership in this group. Anyway, we won European Cup. That’s priceless. COYI.

Side of Ham 8:19 Sat Jun 10
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
We shouldn’t want Traore as it will just confirm Moyes is not going to try and get a plan B….

CanningTownWA 7:43 Sat Jun 10
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
Traore, no thanks. More brainless than Antonio. 2 goals and 1 assist in the last 2 seasons and people want him to replace Antonio. I suppose they expect Moyes to perform a miracle.

Mike Oxsaw 6:13 Fri Jun 9
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
They weren't his sisters, were they? Now THAT would be worthy of comment.

Either of them have jobs as Santa's Little Helper?

Dick Shaftsbury 5:53 Fri Jun 9
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
Imagine getting two birds pregnant whilst being married.
How fucking stupid must he be?

brundal 5:47 Fri Jun 9
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
He’s looking for one last big transfer/payday which to be fair he was looking for in January ,
Good luck to him but he won’t be missed by me .

cholo 5:30 Fri Jun 9
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
Character wise seems to have changed drastically since he got his podcast going.

Smacks of a player that knows his career is close to its end in terms of seasons left in the top flight as those legs aren't getting any younger, prepping himself to get into media and punditry work by the looks of it.

slartibartfast 5:14 Fri Jun 9
Re: Antonio -- surely on his way out
I've heard many rumours about his alleged affairs. A friend of a friend claimed to know a young lady who had slept with him in Dubai.

Not a good look. I'm not a fan of him chatting a load of shit on podcasts every week either. Time to get rid.

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