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Big Sam has breathed new life into West Ham

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Sam Allardyce has ushered in a new system and a new team at West Ham

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce speaks to the challenge of hosting champions Manchester City in their upcoming Premier League tie.

It's difficult to truly believe how attractive a team West Ham now are given how insipid they were only last season. After a summer of shrewd signings coupled with some rather surprisingly versatile tactical shifts from manager Sam Allardyce, the team's reliance on the combination of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan has dissipated into thin air. Flying high in fourth place this season, they take on Manchester City this weekend as one of the Premier League's in-form teams.

Three wins from their last...

 By Peter Thorne
1 day ago

Why Sir Alex Ferguson can never understand the 'West Ham way'

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce noted that both he and his team needed a result today, especially because it was his birthday.

It's been quite amusing to witness the bristling indignation of Hammers fans this week, following Sir Alex Ferguson's comments that, "I hope before I die someone explains the West Ham way." In questioning what Hammers supporters want to see from their club and their right to complain about the brand of football served up over the years at the Boleyn Ground, Sir Alex has inadvertently stepped on one of the golden taboos; one adhered to by East Enders everywhere, even by those who have grown up outside...

 By Chris Wright
2 days ago

West Ham's Andy Carroll beat 200 entrants to become a model for H&M

Andy Carroll has taken part in an advertising campaign for clothing company H&M.

He's not the first name that springs to mind when modelling is concerned but it would appear that West Ham striker Andy Carroll has landed the gig as the face (and ponytail) of H&M's new Alexander Wang fashion campaign.

Seemingly stuck for ways to fill his time as he continues to recover from yet another injury set-back, Carroll reportedly saw off 200 other candidates to land the Wang campaign -- his first assignment since signing for London-based agency Select Models (who also boast Aaron Ramsey...

 By Peter Thorne
4 days ago

Allardyce with every reason to smile after another West Ham win

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce noted that both he and his team needed a result today, especially because it was his birthday.

With West Ham reaching the dizzying heights of fourth in the Premier League following the 3-1 demolition of Burnley at Turf Moor, mainly on the back of another powerhouse display from Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, manager Sam Allardyce can now take a few moments out on his 60th birthday and allow himself a self-satisfied smile.

Nobody is pretending that there won't be harder battles and bigger problems coming than those posed by this toothless but enterprising Burnley side, but all the Hammers...

 By Peter Thorne
7 days ago

Hammers fans feeling bullish ahead of trip to Burnley - but beware

With a home win over Southampton, things could start to look up for West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.
Sam Allardyce has enjoyed a strong start to the season at West Ham, with a thumping win at home to Liverpool the highlight so far.

You know there is something going on at Upton Park when an unofficial West Ham fans' website had 78 percent of supporters backing the away win ahead of the trip to Burnley this Saturday.

Predicting any type of victory for a club that tends to do exactly the opposite to what is expected is unusual enough. Pulling off a win at the home of another Premier League side is a risky bet at best.

It says much for Sam Allardyce's side, then, that supporters are able to travel to Turf Moor with such confidence....

 By Peter Thorne
Oct 13, 2014

Forgotten man Andy Carroll deserves one last chance to silence detractors

Andy Carroll has been linked with a move from West Ham back to former club Newcastle United.

The opening of the January transfer window is still some way away but that doesn't stop the steady stream of rumours regarding who's on the move. One such rumour that refuses to go away centres around Andy Carroll and the idea that he may leave West Ham and return to hometown Newcastle.

These stories are usually underlined by the undeniable fact that Carroll has endured a miserable, injury-hit spell at Upton Park, while Newcastle could certainly do with having a hero to worship again.

The rumours...