Oh Slaven, Slaven, Where For Art Thou Slaven!



Ever feel like when observing anything West Ham related it feels as if could have been written as tragic love story, similar to Romeo & Juliette?



The rollercoaster of emotions following us takes you through severe mental trauma as if the fate of the club is being written as one of Billy Shakespeare’s plays.


Let’s quickly take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the final season at Upton Park, which was when ‘Slavmeo’ and ‘Julifans’ first fell for each other – excluding the 18 months as a player of course.


The 2015/16 season was a whirlwind romance everyone enjoyed immensely as we took on the big boys and fought for a long time in the upper-half of the table, achieving a coveted European place.


Everyone remembers the away wins at Arsenal, Man City, Everton and Liverpool along with the triumphs against Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester United and completing a double over Liverpool on home turf.


Feeling as if the right man had come in to whisk us into a new era of success, as we moved to the London Stadium, leaving Upton Park with momentum had us dreaming of bigger and better things in our brand spanking new multipurpose stadium.


As the lights went out at the Boleyn Ground after a final farewell win against Manchester United, I think Slaven Bilic and the supporters thought this love affair was going to be a long one.


However, the wheels fell off similarly to the relationship between Romeo & Juliette when those around them started meddling in team affairs.


We’re 11 games in to the new season and Slav’s been sacked with only two league wins recorded and on the back a of a humiliating 4-1 defeat at home Liverpool.


Which lead to the board sacking their manager mid-season for the first time since Barry Fry when in charge of Birmingham City.


However, the real tragedy of Romeo & Juliette is when the young couple commit suicide believing the other to be dead; in our case, the board have hung Slaven Bilic putting the club on suicide watch by bringing in the dour and uninspiring David Moyes.



I have nothing against Moyes and I will get behind him as the man in the hot-seat, but he’s been appointed against the vast majority of fans wishes and has an appalling record in management since taking the Manchester United job and he doesn’t get an easy start to bed in.


Moyes first game in charge is a difficult trip to Vicarage Road and failure to get off to a good start could turn supporters against him straight away.


As the unpopular choice, the heat could be on him immediately from fans , which he will struggle to pacify, but the reality is, the blame should be pointed directly at a board who make continuous bad decisions and attempt to deflect the blame when those decisions have a negative effect.


The truth is supporters have been told continuous lies from the board with undeliverable promises and the whole saga post move has proved one thing; the club is nothing more than a cash cow to make the board richer.


Romeo & Juliette ended in tragedy and our tragedy could be relegation to the Championship with no guarantees of bouncing back.


I’ll end by wishing good luck to David Moyes. The last thing any West Ham fan wants is for him to fail, but it’s going to be an uphill struggle and he’ll need all the luck he can get otherwise he’ll have his throat cut by the board.


Written by Scott Bowman


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