Sunday, September 03, 2006

Kia Aura

Evenin' all, specially those of you arriving in droves via Arseblogger to get a Hammers fan's perspective on the Upton Park transfer/takeover malarkey. We haven't seen such a surge in visitors since we had a boatload of necrophiliacs ship in and demand to see a certain hip-hop star's autopsy pictures. Should really point you in the direction of Hammered for more comprehensive updates and the forums over at Knees Up Mother Brown to get a broader picture of the local support's feelings at this time. Today's developments sees main mover/shaker Kia Joorabchian telling Rob Shepherd and James Weatherup from The News Of The World that West Ham have the potential to be bigger than Chelsea by 2013. No pressure on gaffer Alan Pardew, then! When pressed as to why he feels so optimistic he goes on to say

"As far as I'm concerned they have got a much bigger worldwide fan base than Chelsea.

"That goes back to part of the history of the club — having three World Cup winners in Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

"And what is so impressive is when they have hit bad times the passion and loyalty of the fans has seen them stick by the club.

"Passion is a vital word in the success of a football club. Sometimes when I look at Chelsea despite their recent success I think it's all a bit cold. They talk more about the brand than the football club."

In the same paper, columnist (and Hammers fan) Martin Samuel offers a stout defence against accusations that West Ham have sold out, but they haven't seen fit to put that online so you'll just have to take my word for it.

Momentum would suggest that the takeover bid will be successful, which should in the short-term, at least, provide us with the means to compete towards the higher end of the Premiership (although talk of a top-four finish this term seems highly fanciful). Long-term, who knows, but I believe the club can survive through thick and thin as long as the fans keep coming through the turnstiles, and that's my last words on the subject (for now).


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