Nigel Kahn’s Column

Mother mother tell your children
That their time has just begun
I have suffered for my anger
There are wars that can’t be won
Father father please believe me
I am laying down my guns
I am broken like an arrow
Forgive me
Forgive your wayward son

Wow. Where we I start? It’s tough to keep a presence of mind and make a case for the defence when the evidence is in front of your eyes, but the fans for me are showing a very narrowminded point of view if they want Pellegrini to be dumped at this moment in time.

Football fans demand loyalty from players and managers and woe betide any player or manager that walks out on them if something better is put to them. We, though, have a situation that our current manager is going through the toughest period of his short time with the club and possibly the toughest challenge of his career. Yet seems the vast majority of our supporters want him sacked and gone.

If you demand loyalty from players or managers surely you should give it as well. For years the fanbase has derided those that walked out on us, from Ince to Lampard to Defoe. Even Scott Parker, 3-time Hammer of the Year, was booed on his return. But now those same fans will call to sack a manager who, two months ago, was the greatest thing to happen to us since John Lyall.

Everybody needs somebody to love
(mother, mother)
Everybody needs somebody to hate
(please believe me)
Everybody’s bitching
‘cause they can’t get enough
And it’s hard to hold on
When there’s no one to lean on

Looking at the crop of games on the horizon I can’t see results picking up anytime soon. Chelsea away is normally a draw at best in recent times, quickly followed with a midweek trip to Wolves. Last season that was a defeat. Arsenal actually looks like a game we could get a point from though deep down we know that if nothing changes on the pitch that won’t happen so onto the real make or break game for MP, Southampton.

With each game in that list, with each game, we don’t win the frenzy from the fanbase to force the owners to ditch the manager will build. We know our owners like to monitor the social media reactions and use it at times to base their decisions on. They most likely can see that not only does the flack on MP increase, but also on them. They bought the club to be loved as they never were at Birmingham. The funny thing is we can see why, and it wasn’t because they were cockneys, it was because the claims of bigger and better things were never played out.

The more the fans attack them the only way to relieve that pressure on themselves is to push the button on MP, and for me, that is a big reason that we should try and cut Pellegrini some slack.

Faith: you know you’re gonna live thru the rain
Lord you got to keep the faith
Faith: don’t let your love turn to hate
Right now we got to
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Lord we got to keep the faith

Tell me baby when I hurt you
Do you keep it all inside
Do you tell me all’s forgiven
And just hide behind your pride

I’m not denying the current form shouldn’t be a concern, but MP is the most decorated manager we’ve hired (on paper) and his appointment was welcomed as a good move, as was the appointment of Hussilos, the so-called head of scouting, director of football or whatever title he has. Not every manager makes the right decision every time, even the best. Alex Ferguson bought some shocking players. Goalkeeper Masimo Taibi was god awful. Yes, they had the players to cover but it shows that mistakes happen and the current situation of make a mistake, so we must get rid will only lead to more years of stagnation and possibly backward falling.

Question. If we hadn’t lost Fabianski or if we had Adrian still as our No2 keeper, in the past 6 games when we’ve only taken 2 points, how many do you think we would have instead?

5? Maybe 7. Add those points to our current total and look where we would be.

Everybody needs somebody to love
(mother, father)
Everybody needs somebody to hate
(please don’t leave me)
Everybody’s bleeding
‘cause the times are tough
Well it’s hard to be strong
When there’s no one to dream on

Faith: you know you’re gonna live thru the rain
Lord you got to keep the faith
Now you know is not too late
Oh you got to keep the faith
Faith: don’t let your love turn to hate
Right now we got to
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Keep the faith
Lord we got to keep the faith

Pellegrini, Hussilos and Sullivan have made mistakes, big mistakes. The keeper situation is obvious but we as a club are not of the stature that we can keep two top drawer keepers happy, so we have to gamble on taking a no 2 that we hope can perform if/when our No1, in this case also our best player, is injured.

Allowing all four strikers at the club to leave to only replace with two is bad planning. Throw in the fac that one of them is not of the quality we should have as a no 4 striker let alone number 2 then that needs to be pointed out as well. For me, though these are mistakes that can be righted. I didn’t see any complaints when Haller joined, he was welcomed by the fan base some of whom now think he’s a lazy Donkey that needs kicking. MP/Hussilos have for me a 50% strike rate in getting in players for us between good and bad, that’s a good average for us in my book. Are we really going to throw that out because if we do, DS will only revert back to his way of doing things.

I can see it now: “I gave the fans a big-name manager and became hands-off on transfers and look where it has got us.” That will be his excuse when he brings in whoever is available because they are free and won’t need to be bought out of any club.

Sorry, for me while I believe we may struggle this season, we will not go down even if MP is the manager, and for how close the teams are bunched together, top 10 is not out the question and like it or not, for West Ham that is about as good as it gets for us. We are not a big club, we have not earned the right to think we are and I believe it is that belief that hampers us and holds us back. We think we should dine at the top table because of where we are not because of who we are. Fur coat no knickers of a club, a reflection of its ownership.

Walking in the footsteps
Of society’s lies
I don’t like what I see no more
Sometimes I wish that I was blind
Sometimes I wait forever
To stand out in the rain
So no one sees me cryin’
Trying to wash away the pain

If, and a big if, we’ve not won a game by the time Big Ben strikes in midnight January 1st 2020 then I think MP has nowhere to hide and his time to go will be upon us. I won’t welcome it but no manager no matter who you are can survive and be expected to get a new tune out of the old fiddle you’ve been playing.

I joked 6 weeks ago on Moore than just a Podcast, what will happen first, Brexit or West Ham win a game. Don’t seem so funny now.

But while MP is our manager I will KEEP THE FAITH that with his best players available to him he is the man to turn it around. All I ask you keep the faith as well and show him why we as fans are different to the likes of spurs and Arsenal who notoriously in the past at every bad turn always turned on the club instead of showing it support

Mother father
There’s things I’ve done I can’t erase
Every night we fall from grace
It’s hard with the world in yours face
Trying to hold on, trying to hold on
Faith: you know you’re gonna live thru the rain
Lord you got to keep the faith
Faith: don’t let your love turn to hate
Right now we got to keep the faith
Faith: now it’s not too late
Try to hold on, trying to hold on