Saturday, April 8
NEVER mind a giant leap for mankind, there’s one for West Ham-kind today.
I have a very positive outlook on life itself, but five defeats in a row had been worrying even our bluest-sky optimists.
On the final whistle after our win against Swansea, Slaven Bilic fell to his knees and did a passable impression of the Pope on landing in a foreign country.
We have not run out of relegation fears yet but instantly his prayers had been answered.
That’s how football gets you.
Sunday, April 9
ROMELU LUKAKU is a classic shape for a centre-forward — big, broad and decisive.
Not all strikers are built like Everton’s star — take Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
None are as important as Lukaku to Everton. His brace sinks Leicester today.
We have twice tried to buy him but he wants a club playing Champions’ League football — and quickly.
You can’t dismiss his ambition but it’s a shame he regards such an admirable club as little more than a stop-over.
Monday, April 10
NORTH AMERICA is to bid for the 2026 World Cup.
Fifa rules say it is the turn of the Americas which begs the question: when the HELL is it our turn?
Mexico, the USA and Canada are making a joint application, which must have decent odds of winning, if only because Fifa delegates will have lots of free first-class travel.
So again, what about us, the British Isles, where football was founded?
Our next chance will be in 2030.
But I guess that if Andorra bids we’ll be given the bum’s rush.
Tuesday, April 11
HAMMERS people are the victims of fake news today.
It is reported that co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold are considering offers for the club.
Totally and absolutely untrue.
They have no wish to sell to anyone, let alone the Chinese, who have reasons of their own for wanting to buy a high-profile club.
I know both Davids as well as anyone and the club is their complete fixation.
Wednesday, April 12
BASED possibly on the theory that an injured war pilot should be immediately thrust back into the cockpit for another sortie, Borussia Dortmund were ordered by Uefa to play tonight.
It’s just a day after a part-successful attempt to blow up their bus on their journey to the ground.
But this wasn’t for a war, this was for a football match and I can only think that the convenience of a quick turnaround won over consideration for the Dortmund players, one of whom had been injured in the blast.
No doubt still shaken, Dortmund lose to Monaco.
But there was another serious defeat — the reputation of Uefa for caring more about the running of the Champions’ League more than the welfare of players.
I personally request a complete review of my players’ security and urge the PL to call together all clubs to share best practice and do the same.
Thurday, April 13
SOME under-rated him, most admired him and a few loved him.
But today Wayne Rooney is no more than a Man U squad member nursing a bad ankle as his team play this season’s most important game at Anderlecht.
Rooney is 31, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 35.
But while the Swede just keeps scoring, Rooney — now United’s goals record holder — has lost his pace and positivity.
I’d recommend a move because he is worth far, far more than to become a piece of the Old Trafford furniture.
Friday, April 14
THE North East is close to becoming one of the Prem’s deprived areas.
The loss of Sunderland, who West Ham meet tomorrow, Middlesbrough and Hull would leave only Newcastle to represent the region, provided they are promoted.
Something similar has happened to the once-mighty West Midlands, so that Merseyside and London dominate.
I think I know how Andy Carroll, once of the Toon, will feel about a win at the Stadium of Light. But it would be sad if Sunderland fail to save themselves.