I have been running We love you West Ham for 2 and a half years now. It has been a fascinating experience and I have learnt so much during my time putting this site together. The website also got me a job as a support practitioner in Learn Direct.
I have written tons of articles and worked countless hours on this 'project' but I am going to step down for personal reasons. I am not fading away. One of the biggest achievements I got from this website is that I know now where my future lies. Before, I did not know what path to take, or what to do in my life - career wise.
The hold up of Andy Carroll's transfer is not just about money. Ambition comes into it as well. Well on the world of twitter, there has been two vigils. One is regarding one of the greatest human beings the world has seen in Nelson Mandela.Sadly, the iconic anti-apartheid leader is about to knock on Heaven's door. The second vigil is a totally ridiculous one. West Ham fans virtually living on twitter, desperately waiting for confirmation that Andy Carroll has signed for West Ham.
Personally, I'm not too fussed either way. I can assure you Messrs Gold, Sullivan and Allardyce will have a plan B, in case Carroll doesn't sign. However, it most certainly won't be Wilfred Bony. West Ham simply cannot afford to pay £12 million for someone like Bony on the back of a few goals in a third rate league. With our debt, there is no room for error. We cannot risk in having to write off twelve million should Bony flop. Signing Bony is La La land stuff!
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I rarely answer letters at all, actually. My practice here is quite busy, and while free time has always been hard to come by its been particularly difficult since Micheal Jackson arrived. What I would have done to be his shrink when he was alive.
Because I am not familiar with football in its current state, I decided to read up a bit on the people and things you wrote me about. Firstly, the very act of supporting this football club you love so dearly is something I speak about at length in my early writings.
Big Sam and the board have wasted no time, not even until the transfer window opens, before starting their summer business, with two players already signed up to join West Ham United, in the shape of shot stopper Adrian from Real Betis and Shakhtar Donetsk's left back Razvan Rat.
The latter an experienced older head to compete for the position on the left side of the defence, passing on his vast knowledge including Champions League appearances to youngster Danny Potts, who should make some strides in the next year or two to making that position his own, and there's always George McCartney if fit and Joey O'Brien who would do a job for the side wherever he's asked to play. So Sam and the Davids have sorted the left-back position very well.
The latest news is regarding the 26-year-old keeper Adrian, who after 16 years with his hometown club Real Betis, has looked for a new challenge and joined up with the club to challenge Jussi Jaaskeleinen for the number one spot, the goalkeeper has spoken fondly of his former club who he had massive loyalty to, and also of his joy at the opportunity to learn from Jussi. With these two competing for the number 1 position, it may spell the end for Henderson at West Ham, but the quality has improved.
So with the goalkeeper and left-back positions sorted at such an early point in the summer, the club are keen to snap up a top striker to compliment the squad and bring in competition of a better standard, whether it is Andy Carroll who comes in or another striker, the club have targeted our squad weaknesses, especially the depth of the team, and brought in quality additions.
It's nice to see our club are not wasting any time, it is a far healthier situation for the team to snap up players early so they have pre-season to work together rather than late transfer window additions who must gel when the season has started. Gold, Sullivan and Allardyce deserve credit for the business done so far, and with the work they'll do over summer it'll give us a great standing for next season.