So West Ham have plunged back into the Championship following a dismal season - as a Hammers' fan it's plainly obvious what was the sole reason.
What went wrong with West Ham's season you might ask. The question indicates that if the answer could be found, then something could be done about it. Regretfully I fear the answer cannot be defined and even if it could, nothing would be done about it.
The problem as far as I can see, and its just my opinion, for the last few years now, has been apathy. Last year we escaped by the skin of our teeth and two years before had an escape of such unbelievable proportions they should make a film about it. Last year we stayed up on 35 points which was a joke. We should have gone down – it would have saved everyone a lot of pain this year and could be preparing for a return to the Premier League instead of fretting over the summer about what the future holds.
The players troop off laughing and joking with their drinking buddies on the other team, and we get left to feel the pain.
I say apathy because we have a manager who has experience but seems intent on sticking to one way of playing when it is clearly inappropriate, and a playing staff who have natural ability by the shed load but don’t want to put it to any good use. In the last two years we have won only 12 of the 37 home games played and to me this is the root of the problem. Away from home we are traditionally brittle yet performances like those put in at
, Villa Park, the Reebok and St James’ Park usually only happen once in a season. The
shrugs his shoulders. The
troop off laughing and joking with their drinking buddies on the other team, and we get left to feel the pain. The fans are up for it, they give everything week in, week out, so why can’t the players?
There were two home games this season where they did give their all. Liverpool and Stoke. But even then, the Liverpool game was on a knife edge until the end and we did our best to throw it away. We showed what we were capable of with decent cup wins over Sunderland, Stoke and Manchester United but couldn’t transfer this to the league and have to conclude that the opposition simply weren’t trying as hard.
The squad we had this year and last was capable of finishing much higher up the league. They simply didn’t care.
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