Aaron Cresswell urged West Ham to unite after being back into the relegation zone

West Ham are dragged back into the relegation zone and Aaron Cresswell urged his club to “stick together.”

 Aaron Cresswell

 

The Hammers had a very turbulent week and ended up with a miserable 3-1 defeat at Brighton which left them three points above the relegation zone.

West Ham also sacked their head of recruitment Tony Henry on Friday after reports claiming that he told agents that they did not want to sign any more African players.

The scandal together with the underwhelming transfer window left the divide between the supporters and West Ham’s board.

“It’s really tight down there in the Premier League – there are only a few points separating the bottom from the top 10,” West Ham full-back Cresswell said.

“You win one and lose the next week, and you’re right back in it. We have got to keep looking forward to the next game, though, and try to get the points in that.

“We need to stick together and pull in one direction now. We have to focus on each game as it comes and try to push up for the rest of the season.”

West Ham want to sign Joao Mario on loan from Milan

Joao Mario

 

Joao Mario from Milan has caught the attention of West Ham and are now making an enquiry to get him on loan.

The Portugal international cost Inter £39.8 million from Sporting Lisbon in 2016 but has been frustrated with his club with his lack of starting opportunities.

Manchester United was also interested in the 24-year-old as they wanted to sign him in 2016 but opted to move to San Siro instead.

Mario faced tough competition in Milan as Borja Valero, Matias Vecino and Roberto Gagliardini have made more appearances than him.

The player is eyeing a move away from his club before the World Cup starts.

David Luiz and Danny Drinkwater will not play against West Ham on Sunday

Antonio Conte

 

Chelsea will travel across the capital for a London derby against West ham with the exemption of David Luiz and Danny Drinkwater as Antonio Conte confirmed that they will miss the game.

With West Ham’s new boss David Moyes, Conte also acknowledged their opponent’s potential.

“They have a lot of good players with great talent,” Conte said.

“It’s a bit strange to see them in this position in the table.

“They have potential to do better – I hope not tomorrow.

“But this team is a really good team with good players. It won’t be easy against West Ham.

“It’s a London derby and we must pay great attention. I saw Manchester City struggle a lot to win against West Ham.”

 

West Ham United want to move West Brom defender Jonny Evans

 Jonny Evans

 

West Ham United are lining up to make a deal for West Brom defender Jonny Evans.

Manchester City are also known to be interested in signing Evans but Baggies have kept it well to keep a hold of him in the summer as clubs were bidding in the region of £25 million.

New Hammers boss David Moyes has already shown interest and would want Evans on their team to stop their leaky defence.

Whether Evans would move away from West Brom remains to be seen in January since he would prefer to return further north if he would leave the Hawthorns.

Albion boss Alan Pardew may have a hard time holding back bidders for Evans especially if some of them start bidding at £30 million.

David Unsworth got a ‘special’ ovation after Everton’s 4-0 thumping of West Ham

David Unsworth

 

David Unsworth’s game against West Ham will be his last as he will soon be replaced by Sam Allardyce.

Everton’s caretaker, however, got a “special” ovation from Evertonians after their victory with the former Blues defender’s name was chanted all around the ground at the full-time whistle.

“That was very special and I thank the supporters for that,” said Unsworth.

“I have always had a wonderful affiliation with the Everton fans. I had a great relationship with them throughout my playing career. That was a nice personal moment and I thank them for that.

Everton vs West Ham

 

“It means the world to me. When we took over we were in the bottom three, so to get us up the league to 13th is a step in the right direction.

“We have had a lot of games in a short period of time and it has been a tough six weeks. But, hopefully, we have given the new manager and his staff a platform to build on tonight.”

Unsworth took charge of Everton after Ronald Koeman was sacked five weeks ago. He took charge of past five Premier League matches and won two games and one draw.

The caretaker boss was also keen to talk about Wayne Rooney’s performances.

“If the penalty had gone in, you just wonder, would we have gone on the back foot?” said Unsworth. “It would have been a nervy time for us. It was a wonderful save and he is forging a reputation as a saver of penalties, isn’t he?

Wayne Rooney

 

“Wayne’s goals were fantastic. He was courageous to get on the ball. And he scored a wonder goal as well, which was fantastic.

“I was right behind it. It was a goal as soon as it left his foot. It was a great strike.

“We look at the opposition in great detail and we just felt, the way West Ham have been playing, Wayne could have a major influence on a deeper role.

“I have spoken to him across the past five or six weeks about where he sees himself and where we can play him to get the best out of him.

“It is probably in a deeper role. He has a wonderful football brain. He will take the ball in any area and he ran the game, really.”

“I thought our shape was better,” added Unsworth. “We worked tirelessly on our shape off the ball and that is what you have to do when you are conceding goals.

“The clean sheet is fantastic – as important as the goals.

“I thought the players’ attitude was fantastic. Spot on. Everything I asked of them they did with confidence, and I thought they played without fear.

“We went for it, we stuck together and it was a team performance.

“The players showed confidence tonight, certainly after Wayne scored his first goal. They started playing then and reproduced the form I have seen for the past six weeks in training.

“We have had some tough games. But it is always nice to get back to Goodison and I think, with another game coming up if we can back that up with another three points that would lift the place as well.”

 

David Unsworth asked fans to give Sam Allardyce time to transform Everton

David Unsworth made an impressive win against West Ham as they beat them 4-0.

David Unsworth

 

This will be his last game as caretaker for the Toffees since Sam Allardyce will soon be confirmed as the new Blues manager.

The England boss has been met with a lukewarm reception from fans and argued that Everton could have targeted a higher calibre of candidate.

Marco Silva from Watford was among the top targets to replace Unsworth but he rebuffed the approaches which lead to Sam Allardyce’s arrival.

Despite the not so cool reception, Unsworth said that he supports the new boss of the club and that he will back him up.

“Sam has my full backing,” Unsworth said.

“Like any manager, he needs to be afforded time and patience and the backing of the whole football club.

“I’ve had a ten-minute chat with Sam Allardyce and I’ll speak to him in depth about the players sometime this week before continuing my role with the under-23s.

“Let’s be honest, we’ve underperformed all season. We certainly don’t want to be in the bottom three.

“We expect to be in the top half and pushing on, competing to win trophies and to get into Europe. We need to stick together.

“We need to give Sam the time to get us up the league and there’s a platform for that now.”

 

Joe Hart says he’ll give everything to put West Ham back on track

Joe Hart talks about West Ham
Joe Hart talks about West Ham.

 

Joe Hart has faced different battles during his career, from being at major tournaments with England and winning the Premier League with Manchester City to battling relegation out of Football League and playing non-league football.

Now, Hart faces a new challenge with West Ham United as they battle themselves out of the relegation zone.

I’ve been through everything in my career. I’ve played non-league, I’ve played for Shrewsbury Town and came into the team with eight games to go when we were one point above the relegation zone to go out of the Football League when I was 17 or 18-years-old,” he confirmed.

Joe Hart talks about West Ham

 

“I’ve played right at the top and won leagues and won cups, so I’ve had a great experience and, at the end of the day, it’s football and I’ll to keep the ball out of the net, whether I’m fighting for a title or fighting to stay in the league. That’s what I do and what I love.”

“I only care about how organised we are, how much of a performance we’re going to put in and how had we’re going to try to win three points and put us on the right line

“I don’t know how I feel about them, because they have an awful lot of talent like we have, but we’re in a situation where it’s a really big game and it’s really important for both clubs.

“I don’t really care about how they feel and I’m sure they don’t care about how I feel. I only care about how organised we are, how much of a performance we’re going to put in and how had we’re going to try to win three points and put us on the right line.”

“The manager’s primary focus has been to get us back into a good place. That’s no disrespect to Slaven [Bilic], because I really enjoyed the short time I worked with him and he is a good man, but I just felt there was an uncomfortable situation for everyone.

“So, the decision got made and David has come in and it’s quite a simple job in his eyes, and in our eyes, which is getting us playing as a team in a strong formation and making us accountable for mistakes and not being in position, and that’s how we’re playing at the moment.

“In my opinion, it’s good and strong and organised and I like the fact that people are held accountable. Every training session needs to be trained to the maximum and that’s going to help us as a team.

“It depends what you call ‘tough’. I call it ‘getting what’s expected from the players’. It might be perceived as being ‘tough’ but, in my opinion, asking people to train at 100 per cent and give more than they’re capable of on a matchday is not being tough, but asking people to do their job.”

 

Chicharito hopes to return to full training to West Ham this week

Chicharito

 

Chicharito was injured after playing for his national team earlier this month but hopes to come back in December.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez suffered a hamstring injury during El Tri’s 3-3 draw with Belgium earlier this month. Although he still does not want to rush his come back, he wants to get back into training and help defend West Ham.

“Hopefully close. Hopefully this week I can get involved with the team, we’re going to see,” he told the club’s website.

“With this type of injury you need to be very careful because it is a hamstring and sometimes the best thing is to [not rush] back, but thankfully I’m feeling very good, very fine, and we’ll see if I can get involved with the team.”

Chicharito also said that the festive season is “the busiest part of the league, but hopefully, for the Irons and for the Hammers fans it’s going to be a great moment.”

 

David Moyes lost at Watford as his debut at West Ham

David Moyes

 

West Ham remain in the relegation zone after David Moyes lost his first game as manager at West Ham against Watford, 2-0.

“I think most people would have expected something like that because that’s the way it’s been,” Moyes said.

“The better team won the game, I won’t say different, but we had chances to change the outcome of the game.”

Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes made great saves and denied Marko Arnautovic in making an equaliser in the first half.

While it was West Ham who had the game’s three big chances to score with Cheikhou Kouyate spurned two clear-cut openings but Watford did a good job in denying those chances.

West Ham fans were also not happy about the appointment of Moyes and they were chanting on Sunday “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” at the players and choruses of “sack the board” which is directed to those in charge of the club.

“I said to the players, it’s tough to play when the crowd is like that,” Moyes said. The West Ham fans and the club need to unity right now instead of hate as they will need more time to improve and prepare for their game at Leicester.

West Ham manager David Moyes has Stuart Pearce as new assistant

Stuart Pearce

 

The former England defender Stuart Pearce will join Alan Irvine as David Moyes new assistant.

West Ham announced the news on Sunday evening and that Moyes is still not done as he still wants to recruit Billy McKinlay who is currently taking care of Sunderland.

“I’m really looking forward to coming in and getting involved,” Pearce told West Ham’s website.

“The opportunity to work with David Moyes, who I have respected greatly over the years, was a big factor, as was having previously played for the club.

“It’s been many years since I was there for a couple of seasons, but I really enjoyed my time. The West Ham fans were fantastic to me and I’m looking forward to coming back.

 

“It’s tough times at the moment but it’s a fantastic opportunity for me. I’m really excited by the challenge.”

Irvine, on the other hand, is delighted to work with Moyes again as they already worked together during their time at Preston and Everton.

“I’m delighted to be given this opportunity and am really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” he said.

“I obviously know David well from our time together at Preston and Everton, and it was certainly a big attraction to work with him again, as was the thought of coming to a club like West Ham.

“This is the sixth job I have been offered since leaving Norwich at the end of last season – some of which were very attractive – but it’s the first one that has persuaded me to accept, so I hope that says a lot about how excited I am to be here.”