Are age old excuses starting to wear thin at West Ham?

Football FanCast columnist Johnny Moon is tired of excuses for West Ham's performance this season and feels that there is no defence for it anymore.


Having watched West Ham United, man and boy for the last 30yrs, you would think that I'm use to seeing plenty of lows. It has certainly not being easy supporting this football club as we have been subjected to poor players, bad managers and worse of all the false dawns. I'm sure I'm one of many fans who look over at certain players of the Chelsea & Man United's of this world and say "if only".

I firmly believe that "if only" should be the new motto because that is all I hear from this football club to justify its failings. The latest serving of which came from Curbs who blamed our horrendous injury record as the reason for a poor season. Little did he realise that the reason of our discontent was down to the fact that we struggled to beat the worst team ever to perform in the Premier League. Am I the only hammer who is sick and tired of endless excuses from a club that now has no reason for them?

We all know the problems that went before us last season and will ever be grateful to Curbishley and one Carlos Tevez for their efforts in keeping us in the Premier League but let's be honest, we should never been there in the first place. If people are going to continue to use that as a benchmark to justify what a good season we have had then you must have a short sighted view of the game. We were a mid table side last season and that is what we have been this year so where is the progress?

I don't think I have ever been so excited than last summer at the prospect of the season at Upton Park. We were finally able to compete in the transfer market, pay top dollar in wages and we really had no excuse for not getting in a squad that will have us challenging for a UEFA place. For so many years we had been relying on cast offs, promising football league players or relying on the academy to draft in some more gems. It is something we accepted given the restraints we were under financially. We don't have that to worry about anymore. We are minted and on a level playing field and that's what I find hard to accept if I'm honest.

Curbs came out in the Telegraph this morning in response to the side being booed off at the end:

"There is not too much realism and appreciation of what we've had to put up with this season,

"Week-in, week-out we've had key players missing. Last week we lost Anton Ferdinand in the first minute and with the two latest injuries, that makes six centre-halves out.

"Obviously I'm disappointed with the crowd's reaction because we've had a catalogue of disasters from day one, five or six long-term injuries plus impact injuries. It's just gone on, and on and on. Yes we've got a big wage bill but a lot of other clubs have swamped our spending."

I appreciate what Curbs is saying and injuries play their part but he is the man with an open cheque book and chose to bring in an injured Freddie Ljungberg and Scott Parker. Kieran Dyer and Craig Bellamy have always had a shocking injury record yet they were brought in. Matt Upson has had his fair share of injuries – the list goes on. If you are going to bring players with injury records like that then what are you really expecting?

How do West Ham fans feel about things? Am I being too harsh or impatient? Shouldn't we expect instant success? Should Alan Curbishley be given more time? If we were to get rid of him then who would you like to see come in? Which players would you like to see us bring in and get rid off in the summer?