West Ham are certainly going through the mire slightly this week. Despite a decent Transfer Window, with some promising names entering the club, behind the scenes and on the pitch things seem a lot different.
The club lost against Sydney FC yesterday - meaning they have now failed to win all of their pre-season friendlies against Stevenage, Ipswich Town and Wellington Phoenix. With Schalke, Malaga and Sampdoria left to play, things look bleak.
Then there is the situation between the board and manager Sam Allardyce over the future of Ravel Morrison. Allardyce does not seem him as part of his immediate plans. The board however disagree, and even made that public in a poor PR move yesterday:
“Sam has said Ravel is not part of his plans but we do – as a board – see him as part of our plans. I think he said in a press conference, if I read it correctly, he’s not part of his plans for this season. I think he said that in New Zealand but we don’t agree with that. We would like to sit down and give him a longer contract.”
Then there is Andy Carroll. The big striker has suffered yet another foot injury, meaning the England international is out for another four months.
David Sullivan yesterday admitted that the club made a mistake in spending £15 million on the former Liverpool player:
"Had we known what we know now we wouldn't have signed the player. But it's easy to be wise after the event. We were assured by our physio - who has since left the club - that the player would be available for the start of the season... A mistake was made and we were given the wrong information. We based our decision and our purchase of the player on what the medical department told us... At the same time on his day he is a devastating and fantastic player, we've just got to get him back to his best."
Indeed Carroll has struggled with fitness since arriving at Upton Park. He has made just 16 appearances for the club since arriving and many a fan is rightfully perturbed at his inability to remain fit.
Others however are simply backing their striker. No football wants to be injured and none do it on purpose. Blaming them in such a way is of course unfair - and Carroll has now responded to such criticism via his official Twitter account:
Thanks for all the positive messages from all you true fans and thanks to all you clowns with negative ones that are keeping me entertained!— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) July 26, 2014
The majority of West Ham fans will simply be hoping he is up on his feet as soon as possible - banging in the goals for their beloved Hammers.
Can Carroll still come good?