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West Ham could be relegated (even sooner than you expected)

103895100_16West Ham could be thrown out of the Premier League or docked points over the always-a-little-too-murky transfers of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to Upton Park. This footballing equivalent of putting down a lame horse relates to an investigation into whether the Argentine duo are correctly registered because of the well-documented third-party ownership of Media Sports Investment which was central to the deal.

It is difficult to see how the Hammers could avoid relegation even without this latest saga, but their fans must be wondering how things can change so much in six months. In August the capture of Tevezcherano was heralded as a stroke of genius, the club was still revelling in nearly winning the FA Cup and Alan Pardew was a legend. Now the Argentine pair have flopped, last season's performance is looking like a fluke and Pardew is at Charlton handing out 4-0 spankings to his old club.

Over to Hammers hero Tony Cottee who has been doing the maths for the Telegraph. He said: "The biggest problem they have is that they are on 20 points and to stay up they need to get around 38. If you work on that basis, that's six more wins. There are 10 games left, and three of them are against Chelsea at home, and Arsenal and Manchester United away.

"Then we're saying they have to win six of the other seven. And who are they against? Bolton, Blackburn, Sheffield United, Tottenham, Everton, Middlesbrough, Wigan. They aren't easy games either. The goal difference is awful: they've got the worst defence and the worst goalscoring record. I would like to be optimistic, but it is going to take a superhuman effort."

Looking pretty bleak, I reckon. [Rob Parker]

March 2, 2007 in News balls, West Ham United | Permalink


Maybe if Pardew had actually played Tevezcherano the Hammers wouldn't be in such bad shape. Tevez was the best player on the team last weekend - the only one who was actually trying.

Posted by: Comandante Agi | Mar 2, 2007 3:56:49 PM

Tevez played very well again yesterday. He scored a nice goal on a freekick, had a smashing assist and almost buried another goal in the far side late in the game.

I think I've now joined the school of thought that believes Tevez will become a star if supported by a real (no pun intended, Real Madrid fans) midfield.

He needs the chance to play on another top side for a season, but he can be a good one. Imagine him on Sir Alex Ferguson's side next year, playing with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo.

He would score some goals...

Posted by: Justin | Mar 5, 2007 4:23:07 PM

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