Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Longboats Have Been Sighted . . .

Although the team is only a point above the Premiership relegation zone, West Ham United have finally been taken over by Icelandic businessman and head of the Icelandic FA, Eggert Magnusson, and his consortium of billionaire Northmen. The details will be trickling out over the next couple of days, I imagine, but the East London team can now finally get back to figuring out how to salvage their so far deplorable season and cease from worrying about this long, dragged out affair. No doubt the Argentine dynamic duo of Tevez and Mascherano, who were scuttled into the club back in August by prospective buyer Kia Joorabchian (who also made a play to buy out West Ham) under shady though oh so spectacular fashion, will find themselves separated (which is sad since I've always imagined that they must always room together, much like The Beatles in the film . . . is it Help!?) and sold off to other clubs during the January transfer window. Perchance back to Brazil? I have no idea. I'd love to see them in Spain. Wherever they end up, whether together or not, I hope they prosper. Despite the excitement the Hammers' supporters (Lisa and I included) initially showered upon the two, it really hasn't worked out. Oh, man, how it hasn't worked out! But at least Magnusson will be keeping battle-hardened manager Alan Pardew aboard.

You can read more about the West Ham takeover here, here, here, and here.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wish West Ham well. But teams only need to look at Hearts to see what can go wrong when a foreign owner comes in an promises the world!

Derek said...

Oh, I hear you loud and clear. The ongoing Hearts debacle is truly sad.

Anonymous said...

It would be very sad if Masche and Carlitos were to go their separate ways. They've kind of anchored each other in very difficult environments - first Brazil, which was initially very hostile to them, and then England, which...well.

Pardew says he wants them to stay at least til the end of the season, which I hope is true. It would be awful if they couldn't even shine once before moving on.

(For one, the Brazilians would laugh their asses off. And we can't have that.)

Derek said...

I hope the two stay with the Hammers for the rest of the season as well. After all the turmoil, it would be nice to get something fruitful out of them. Besides, if the Hammers do sell them off, Tevez and Masche couldn't play for another team anyway due to FIFA regulations not allowing a player to play with more than two teams within a twelve month period.

But after today, with Tevez storming off the pitch and going home after Pardew substituted him for Shearingham in the 66th, I have a feeling our Carlitos may have just bought himself a ticket out of the East End. I hope not, but I wouldn't be surprised if this was indeed the last straw.