Football FanCast guest columnist Jake Morrell says you can never say that Upton Park is ever a dull place to be.
Having been a season ticket holder for nearly 25 yrs, I can safely say it is never a dull place at West Ham and every season there is always something destabilising about it and some sort of upheaval that has some sort of lasting effect on the football club.
I often wonder what is must be like to have stability at West Ham, a season when we have little to no concerns and probably the closest we came to it was Curbishley's first full year at the club. I seem to remember at the time we didn't relish this period of tranquillity and we were bitching at every opportunity at the way the team was playing, so perhaps we either thrive on anarchy at the club, or that we have simply become immune to it, therefore a change from norm takes us away from our comfort zone. I am sure that I am not the only Hammer who, looking at our current financial plight would be happy to be in such a zone right now, as concerns over our future start to loom.
Gianfranco Zola has come out this morning and claimed that he isn't affected by the off-field problems; a view I take with the merest pinches of salt, given our performances this season. The Italian is clearly putting a brave face on things, but you only have to look at the way we are playing this season to know that it is having a clear effect on the players, who some probably don't know whether they are coming or going, quite literally. Despite this uncertainty, they are the only ones who can address things at present and prevent further trouble for the football club.
You don't become a bad team overnight and why we may be missing the influence of the likes of Lucas Neill, it is the same group of players that are failing to perform at present. It was nice to see Behrami claim that the players need to take some responsibility out on the pitch, in order to reverse our situation and why I am sure the majority have been distracted, they need to realise that it is ultimately their performances on the pitch that could potentially save us from even more trouble than we currently find ourselves in, I mean I dread to think what something like relegation could do this football club, given our current state.