I have a bit of a dilemma when it comes to our claret and blue friends across the river. In fact I have three, perhaps even four different persepctives about their game on Sunday.
The football fan in me thinks that the whole Tevez and Mascherano situation stinks and there will be a certain justice if Sheffield United and Wigan play out a draw at Bramall Lane, knowing that the Hammers are losing at Old Trafford. That is certainly not right but nor is what the previous board at Upton Park did. I and every other sane person in the country knows that they have got away with football murder. It is laughable and although we got relegated fair and square, quite obviously one of two other clubs will not.
Another grumble of mine is that the self-proclaimed 1966 world cup winners have a innumerable amount of baby booming supporters in the media, in fact and I'm just making this up, but a straw poll would probably have West Ham come out by miles as the best supported club in the ranks of the press, not to mention their links within the FA.
One of the worst offenders has been London's Evening Standard
with sports editor Ken Dyer's cringe-inducing one dimensional reporting of the subject. During the week he described the protesting clubs as "whingers".
Now, who does Mr Dyer support I wonder?
Of course back in the day West Ham were fine landlords to us after year's of hopelessness and misery at Sellout, the Blackwell Tunnel aside, and even Terence Brown couldn't 'fix' that!
I also have a load of very good mates who are staunch Hammers and I have a real infinity with them and because of them have always wanted the team that they love as much as I do mine, to do well but not of course at the expense of mine. The fact is that the Tevez and Mascherano debacle has nothing to do with their fans but as always they, we are the biggest losers in all of this and no player or director or administrator gives a flying fuck about that.
Lastly lets be honest, all that aside, who would we rather be up against next season? Watford, one of Wigan and Sheffield United or West Ham with all of Egg Head's millions?