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West Ham vs. Spurs at lunchtime & why Fat Sam must go

Tom Winnifrith
Saturday 3 May 2014

I hope the game is on TV somewhere here in Athens and I shall be cheering on the Irons from Greece. Or will I be? Of course I will, hell's teeth this is The Scum at home is it not?

I cannot see Norwich winning at Stamford Bridge tomorrow (or for that matter at home to Arsenal next week) and thus even if we lose to the Scum we should be mathematically safe. And so I am just a bit torn.

Naturally I want to make it 3 out of 3 this year against the Scum. I cannot bring myself to hope for any other result and one would hope that the players are up for the match knowing that this is how the fans feel.  I am sad to say it but this is our Cup Final.

But if we lose or draw?  I assume we will get a drubbing away at Man City next week and so we will end the season – probably – staying up on just 37 or 38 points. The FA Cup campaign was a disgrace. We have played lousy and boring football for most of the year; there was no Plan B for when Andy Carroll was injured and we will have stayed up on a points total that in most years would not have been enough. It is only because there are four hopeless sides battling away on 30-32 points that the maths stack up this way.

The 7th best paid manager in World Football was given a large transfer budget and has failed. If our beloved owners face those hard facts AND are forced to watch the Scum walk all over us at the Academy today and then witness City stick a hatful of goals past us in Manchester next week finally they must act. Finally they must surely say that Fat Sam has had his chance. With the move to Stratford drawing ever closer we need a manager who can deliver. I don’t even care if it is David Moyes.

Season ticket renewal day is July 2nd – a decision by the owners must be made before then. In a recent poll 77% of fans said they wanted Fat Sam out. I am with the 77%.

Fat Sam has to go and the only consolation of a defeat today would be that this would make that an inevitability.

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Tom Winnifrith is the editor of TomWinnifrith.com. When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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