In what seems to be an agreed separation, Sam Allardyce leaves West Ham in a healthier state than when he arrived. Things may not be as most Hammers fans would want, but this situation is probably the best that could be hoped for in the circumstances.
The announcement that Allardyce won't be looking for a new managerial role in the short-term suggests that he needs to recharge his batteries after another torrid season at the Boleyn Ground. There are strong rumours that the owners were fully aware...
It's not just that West Ham have had a season of two very differing halves that is the issue. It's also that the first half was so entertaining and the second was so dismal. It means that the overall feeling is one of disappointment and frustration. Had it been the other way round, fans would probably be approaching season's end with some enthusiasm. As it is, nobody can wait for it to finish.
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A difficult choice between the 3-1 win over Liverpool and the 2-1 victory over Manchester City, both at Upton Park. City were the bigger victims but Liverpool are a bogey side and when they arrived in September it was assumed a Champions League assault was in progress.
As the dust settles on another Premier League season, it is time to reflect on the campaign and how it went for each club. Was it a success or failure? We asked our Premier League bloggers to assess their season in a sentence.
Worthy champions from start to finish -- "boring" is just a jealous state of mind.
2. Manchester City
Taken to the cleaners by Arsenal in the Community Shield, ill-prepared City did not heed that wake up call and suffered for most of the season.
The 2-0 loss at St James' Park by a workmanlike but nervous Newcastle side wouldn't have been how Sam Allardyce would have wanted to end his tenure at Upton Park, but it did perhaps underline the problems. Since Christmas, the Hammers have fallen away alarmingly after being in a Champions League place in December. Finishing 12th and still three points away from the magic 50 mark is something that will rankle everyone after the start West...
NEWCASTLE, England -- How fitting it was that Jonas Gutierrez lashed home the crucial second goal that put beyond doubt the protection of Newcastle United's Premier League status. In a year without too many positives for the club, his astonishing fight against testicular cancer has been an inspiration. On a day when a hero was needed, he was, in retrospect, the obvious candidate.
The Argentine's strike sealed the win, but there was something else on display at St. James' Park: A glimpse of what life...