In preparation for the 2014-15 season, The Republik of Mancunia has spoken to fans of all the clubs in the Premier League about last season, next season, their own clubs and their thoughts on United.
Iain Dale is the editor of WestHamTillIDie.com and presents LBC’s Drivetime Show. Follow @iaindalewestham on Twitter.
Scott: How did you rate 2013-14 for West Ham?
Ian: Well it turned out Ok in the end, as we finished higher than looked likely for most of the season. But it could have been an absolute disaster. Had we not won four matches on the trot in February things could have been very different.
Scott: Who was your best performing player?
Ian: The most consistent player over the season was undoubtedly Mark Noble. If he were playing in most other teams he’d have been in the England World Cup squad. He’s a great tackler and sprays the ball around the field well and takes a great penalty.
Scott: Which player are you expecting to be most important for you in 2014-15?
Ian: Our problem last season was a lack of goals. Defensively we were actually quite strong for most of the season. With Andy Carroll out for four months again we look to Valencia and Zarate for goals. Let’s hope they deliver.
Scott: Do you want to see Ravel Morrison stay at the club?
Ian: Yes. He’s trouble writ large but an incredible talent. Unfortunately I think Sam Allardyce has lost patience with him.
Scott: Are you happy with your manager?
Ian: Sam Allardyce did what was expected and got us back in the Premier League and in our first season back we came tenth. In some ways you can’t argue with that, but the style of football he plays was never going to go down well with West Ham aficionados. Last season he was rather contemptuous of the fans and it culminated in me and other blogs carrying out a supporters poll. More than 12000 fans took part and 77% of them voted for him to go. And he came within a whisker of being sacked.
Scott: Popular chap then. What do you think he will achieve with your club this season?
Ian: Anything above tenth would be a fantastic performance. We had a good cup run last season in the League Cup and I’d like to see a repeat of that. It’s about time we got to a final again.
Scott: Are you happy with your club’s performance in the transfer window this summer?
Ian: There’s been quite a clearout of deadwood and we have so far signed six new players. We’ve signed two new strikers, Xarate and Valencia, along with defensive midfielder Koyaute from Anderlecht, who can also play in central defence. Adam Cresswell, the best left back in the Championship, has come in from Ipswich and the highly rated Cark Jenkinson from Arsenal. I think we have done well so far but I still think we need another top class centre back and another striker.
Scott: If you could have one United player, who would it be?
Ian: Van Persie. Head and shoulders above anyone else.
Scott: What do you think about Oscar Borg?
Ian: Obviously clubs like Man U are going to be interested in major talents. I believe they tried to sign Rio when he was that age. Would have saved them £30 million! But still, keep your thieving mitts off.
Scott: Can you believe United were as bad as they were last season?
Ian: It was tragic to observe in many ways. I felt sorry for Moyes but clearly he was out of his depth and lost the dressing room very early on.
Scott: How do you expect United to perform this season?
Ian: I think this is going to be a transitional season and I think United may well struggle again to get into the top four.
Scott: Who do you think will win the league?
Ian: I think it’s very open again, which is a good thing. It’s difficult to see beyond Man City again, although it will be interesting to see how Liverpool cope with the loss of Suarez.