August 6, 2012 by FKB - GFC
At West Ham, it has been made very clear that we aren’t in a financial position to pull off the ridiculous deals that we have been linked with (however true, or not, the links are). The fact is whether we could get it done or not it could be suicide. Portsmouth are the perfect example of the consequences of poor business management.
I prefer to not get involved in the off-field antics but it has been very stressful as a fan to see countless names mentioned who are unrealistic and to me personally, not that beneficial for the club. The deals that have been done have actually been very pleasing. You know what you are going to get from the returning George McCartney and James Collins, hardworkers who can be embedded straight away. Diame is a signing that I am very pleased with an experienced premier league midfielder who doesn’t only possess great strength but also real quality on the ball.
While these signings will not set the league alight, they are proper players who will be up for the fight. We cannot, or should not, cut £100k a week in wages for anyone if we are not 100% certain it will guarantee success, and no one will guarantee that if you look at the rest of our squad.
As QPR sign everyone under the sun it seems that West Ham want to compete just to get one over Fernandes and to be honest i couldn’t care less. We know where jumping into these deals takes you if you can’t sustain it. Whether Fernandes can sustain it or not is irrelevant all we can do is ensure our club runs within it’s limits.
With the twitter ITK’s around we have apparently had deals wrapped up for Elia, Krasic, Castaignos and Carroll completed only for them to ‘pull out’ in the last minute. Personally, until it is on whufc.com I normally don’t like to read into it, but the new age of online communication means that even Sky Sports News and BBC pick up on this ‘insider’ information, blurring the lines between rumours and deals.
We have missed out on many potential stars while looking at these unrealistic targets and realise that people will pick the majority of Premier League teams over us, however big we view our club to be.
We will make more signings and I have no doubt we will have to end up paying over the odds but lets not attack the owners for deals which were unrealistic, and in some cases never even an option. These apparent ‘conspiracies’ from within to make money are in my opinion total rubbish, they saved us let’s not forget that, season ticket prices are still very reasonable. Gold and Sullivan have done very little wrong since taking over in my eyes (apart from the Zola/Grant changeover) and I genuinely believe they have the clubs best interests at heart.
Either way there is actually nothing we can do but support the team, so for me personally nothing will change. I am confident they have a few good targets up their sleeves but lets not try and guess, let’s just review it when its done!
Let me know your thoughts. Can we actually pull off these monstrous deals? Are the owners just causing a stir?