West Ham United is Moore than just a football club. It’s the only club to have won a World Cup captained by the legendary Bobby Moore. West Ham have recently not enjoyed the same fortunes as years gone by when they won the European Cup in ‘65, but many true football pundits believe that this might be the year for success. The unique makeup of the current setup with owners, vice-chairman, manager, backroom staff, players and fans are sure not to disappoint.
The owners are not your usual billionaires trying to buy instant success nor are they out to exploit the club; they are through and through Hammers! The two David’s have made most of their wealth through unorthodox methods and are rightfully dubbed the Moneyball owners of England Football. Their transfer business through the past few seasons have been nothing short of astonishing. The owners initially allowed previous managers to bring in their own flops, but they’ve since decided enough is enough and it’s time to do some quality recruiting. Evidence of that was last seasons recruits which include the likes of Valencia, Creswell, Kouyaté and Sakho to name a few. This season have even seen a step up from last season with the arriving Dimitri Payet – the man who created 40 more chances than Messi, Manuel Lanzini – dubbed the new Messi, Angelo Ogbonna – capped for Italy and plying his trade with Italian giants Juventus last season, just to name a few.
West Ham is still producing some of the finest talents in Europe. Known as the Academy of Football for producing some of the finest talents to have graced the game like Sir Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, Trevor Brooking and more recently most of England’s golden generation with the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, John Terry and Jermain Defoe to name a few. The current crop looks just as special with 16 year old Reece Oxford showing just why he is already compared to Patrick Vieira by keeping the likes of Ozil, Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott and Cazorla in his pocket at the Emirates on opening day. Reece Burke, Oscar Borg and many more will soon grace the EPL and usher in the next Golden Generation.
Going into the final season at the Boleyn ground was always going to be special. The owners knew we couldn’t move forward with the likes of Sam in charge so they went out looking for the right manager to take us into the new Olympic stadium next season. Marcelo Biesla, Unai Emery and Slaven Bilic were the 3 main candidates. Slaven Bilic was always the right fit for us being an ex-player who knows what West Ham is all about. He can speak 4 languages fluently, educated with a law degree, part of a Croatian rock band and a cult hero at West Ham. His managerial record with Croatia’s national team was amazing securing 40 wins from 60 matches and masterminding home and away wins against England. Handing them their first defeat at Wembley and ultimately caused them not to qualifying for the Euro 2008 tournament. He brought in a backroom staff headed by Julian Dicks, known as The Terminator, and legendary goalkeeping coach Chris Woods to compliment his trusted coaches traveling with him.
West Ham is blessed with legendary supporters so fiercefull that they’ve made movies about them. Football is not just another aspect of life for West Ham converts, its a way of life, the very essence of life! Its this kind of attitude that made opening day at the Emirates a home game. With fans like this you can be guaranteed that officials will lean in West Hams favour. The passion of our fans will once again give our players the edge when they mostly need it.
West Ham will be ready for anything this season. The tactical shrewdness of Bilic will mean we can sit back and defend, while still be explosive on the break. Playing against lesser teams will also be made easier with the likes of Andy Carroll, the best ariel player in England, with Creswell and co bombing some tasty crosses for him to head home. Chances will be created, goals will be scored and we will be rock solid at the back with New Zealand Maori Winston Reid leading the charge accompanied by top stopper Adrián San Miguel del Castillo in goal.
West Ham will give the Boleyn Ground a fitting farewell by handing the old faithful the League at last. West Ham is Moore than just a club, with a holistic approach to football we will once again see The West Ham Way, with a touch of rock n roll. This season will propel West Ham into the new Olympic Stadium next season as Champions of England.
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