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West Ham United

 By Peter Thorne

West Ham's rumoured pursuit of Jurgen Klopp is a worrying sign

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce reacts to his side's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Considering the amount of hours spent watching, listening, writing and discussing their club, it's astonishing how little the average supporter really knows about what goes on behind the scenes.

When a player is linked to a move, fans will normally learn of it first through media reports. While it is true that this is sometimes how the player finds out too, it's undeniable that, for the most part, there are a system of agents and middlemen whose job it is to sound out the player and club to lay out...

 By Peter Thorne

West Ham too indifferent to compete at Man City

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce reacts to his side's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

On a weekend when thousands of West Ham supporters spent many hours of their own time, ear glued to the telephone, looking to renew or change their season ticket for the last season at the Boleyn, the last thing that was wanted was a lacklustre capitulation that smacked of season-end tiredness. Sadly, that was what was served in a 2-0 defeat at the Etihad, where a bizarre James Collins own-goal and an excellent counter-attack that led to Sergio Aguero netting had the Hammers chasing like headless...

Manchester City get back on track with easy win over lifeless West Ham

David Silva was forced off with an injury in Manchester City's comfortable rebound from two straight defeats.
ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth breaks down Manchester City's comprehensive 2-0 victory over West Ham to put them within one point of Manchester United for third place.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Sergio Aguero goal (36') Manchester City 2-0 West Ham
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: James Collins own goal (18') Manchester City 1-0 West Ham

MANCHESTER, England -- Three thoughts on Manchester City getting back on track with a 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday in the Premier League.

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1. Pellegrini is safe for now

Manchester City fans briefly sung Manuel Pellegrini's name in the opening exchanges. It may be deceptive. Some sections of the club's support would prefer he left, but this was not a day to revolt. West Ham were obliging opponents and City cruised to a forgettable win.

After six defeats in nine games, sticking plasters were applied...

 By Peter Thorne

Allardyce can be forgiven for defensive strategy in visit to Man City

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes his side should have won against Stoke City after scoring an early goal.

At face value the loss of striker Diafra Sakho to a pulled thigh muscle might seem to be a bitter blow to West Ham. Although reports of the severity of the injury seem to have be slightly-exaggerated -- it is thought now that the Senegalese international won't necessarily be out for the reminder of the season -- it is still a massive setback for a team that has struggled for points since January.

With only one recognised first-choice striker in Enner Valencia and a useful option from the bench...

 By Peter Thorne

Marko Arnautovic's late equaliser adds to West Ham United's woes

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes his side should have won against Stoke City after scoring an early goal.

There are few things worse in football than a 95th-minute goal that denies your side points; worse when it comes so late there's barely time to restart the game.

That was the situation at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon, as Stoke City had Marko Arnautovic to thank for a point in a 1-1 draw that kept them level with West Ham in the Premier League.

Inevitably, tempers were strained around the Boleyn postmatch, but even the hardest-hearted Hammer had to concede Stoke were worth their point. Indeed,...

 By Peter Thorne

Sam Allardyce future continues to dominate agenda at West Ham

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce spoke on Friday about their season targets and their weekend Premier League fixture against Stoke.

There's been a lot of discussion on West Ham fan sites regarding the team's inability to raise their game against opposition at either end of the table.

Facing teams scrapping for vital points as they try to qualify for the Champions League or to escape the Championship, it's being widely suggested that Sam Allardyce's mid-table team don't have sufficient motivation to roll up their sleeves and battle.

That being the case, Saturday's game against Stoke City should provide some relief. Mark Hughes'...