When I started writing back in July before the season started, my brief was to try and keep it positive, and at times I have struggled - none more so than writing this piece. How anyone who watches West Ham week in and week out is supposed to be positive at this moment in time is a better person than me.
Bottom of the table, two heavy defeats in the last two league games, the board apparently lining up a new manager before sacking the man who is currently there, cancelling the move of a midfield player by the vice chairman, who then wrote about it in her Saturday column in a newspaper, heaping more pressure on our beleaguered manager.
Then, as if things couldn’t get any worse our local rivals in the Premier League reveal their plans to move six miles nearer to us out of north London into east London. Oh happy days.
And now to poor old Wayne Bridge. Thrust into the side from the start after making only one league start for Manchester City all season - he might think twice about a permanent move if his first week is anything to go by. At least he won’t have Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri running at him every week!
On a positive note, West Ham stand only 90 minutes away from a Wembley cup final after our close victory against Birmingham City at Upton Park in the first leg of the League Cup semi final. If we can just avoid defeat in the next leg at St Andrew's then it will be worth all the doom and gloom around us at the moment.
If I am offered a Wembley final or stay in the Premier League, I'll take the final every time. The reason for this is I don’t need Premier League football as a reason to go to watch the Hammers play; I will still go if they go down, even if they dropped further.
But a Wembley final is special day that does not come around every year; especially to West Ham. Anyway the league has not reached desperation status just yet, we have five games now against teams all in the bottom half before the end of February. If we could pick up eight to ten points in those five games then we would have a base to push out of trouble in the remaining ten games.
I would give Grant that long to see what we do, we could still bring in another manager after that if things don’t work and they will still have enough time and games to rescue the situation. So many clubs are in realistic touching distance that while it's inevitable that some will pull away we only need to finish 17th to stay up.
There you go, I can be positive.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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