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Blades' Players Speak Out Over Tevez Affair

Sheffield United's players have confirmed they were never interested in sueing West Ham, and have said that no meeting over the matter ever took place. United captain Chris Morgan has spoken out over the reports, which stated the Blades were looking for 'loss of earnings' compensation after being relegated by the Hammers. Effectively. “Where it's come from I've no idea," said Morgan. ....


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Is An Apology From Cole Enough?

Carlton Cole has spoken out about his arrest for drunk-driving last week, and has earned the respect of his manager for doing so. "I let the club down and am sorry to the fans," he said in an attempt to clarify the events of the last week which led to him being arrested and scoring."It hasn’t been the best week for me but I will take my punishment. You can’t do things like this. You ....


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Zola Says Drunk-driving Carlton Is Perfection

Despite being pulled over for alleged drunk-driving in the week, Carlton Cole was the centre of attention by scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 win over Fulham. "Cole was absolutely perfect - he realised he has made a mistake and he took the fine in the right way and he played a fantastic match today and I couldn't ask any more from him," Zola said. The Italian was happy with the whole team ....


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Zola: "where's My Hair?"

Gianfranco Zola has said that he is already losing hair through managing the Hammers. “I am also losing a lot of hair, but I like the job very much. It is a great challenge for me and, the more I get into it, the more I like it. “When you think ‘I’m a manager’ you think you’ll be working on the pitch, then you realise there are so many other ....


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Hammer-tastic Xiix: The Full Guide To The Tevez Affair Part 1

Well, well, well... there's been a lot of worry and numbers thrown around over the Tevez saga in the last few days... but for the lazy among us it's been hard to keep up. But worry not, lazy-arse. We at UptonSparks are here to help by giving you a blow-by-blow (very funny) account of what's been going on and how it could affect West Ham's chances in the future. Sheffield United win ....


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Hammer-tastic Xiix: The Full Guide To The Tevez Affair Part 2

Ok, onto part 2: West Ham's right to appeal looks shaky West Ham's decision to appeal to the Court for Arbitration of Sport seems to have fallen foul of official regulations, despite a belief the rules can be circumvented that let they entered into before independent arbitration. // --> // --> // --> // --> CAS secretary general, Matthieu Reeb, told BBC Sport: ....


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Blades Case Is Flawed

Alan Curbishley has blasted the nerve of Sheffield United to belive they have a case over the Tevez affair. Speaking on Setanta, he thinks that Tevez's contribution was so minimal that it hardly is worth the breath to make the case. “I think their argument is fundamentally flawed,” Curbishley said. // --> // --> // --> // --> “Over 38 games, ....


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Update: Hammers Found To Have Broken Even More Fa Rules?

West Ham could be in even more bother with the FA after the independent panel that decided Sheffield United were owed money from Tevez-gate may have found fresh evidence of rule breaking. The Telegraph reports the role of Scott Duxbury has once again come into the spotlight over the whole affair... and that's never good. // --> // --> // --> // --> “We ....


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Ashton Won't Be Back Until The New Year

Dean Ashton has handed West Ham a real blow to their hopes of scoring millions of goals by being injured for three months. The part-time England international has been forced to undergo surgery for his ankle injury, the very same joint that he broke on his first England call-up. The ankle was re-injured last Monday in training... reports that he was winning in hopscotch race are yet to be ....


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Zola Going Bald Already With West Ham Job

Gianfranco Zola has said that he is already losing hair through managing the Hammers. “I am also losing a lot of hair, but I like the job very much. It is a great challenge for me and, the more I get into it, the more I like it. “When you think ‘I’m a manager’ you think you’ll be working on the pitch, then you realise there are so many other ....


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Curbs Blames Blades

Alan Curbishley has blasted the nerve of Sheffield United to belive they have a case over the Tevez affair. Speaking on Setanta, he thinks that Tevez's contribution was so minimal that it hardly is worth the breath to make the case. “I think their argument is fundamentally flawed,” Curbishley said. // --> // --> // --> // --> “Over 38 games, ....


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Ashton Out Until After Christmas

Dean Ashton has handed West Ham a real blow to their hopes of scoring millions of goals by being injured for three months. The part-time England international has been forced to undergo surgery for his ankle injury, the very same joint that he broke on his first England call-up. // --> // --> // --> // --> The ankle was re-injured last Monday in training... ....


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Hammer-tastic Special: All The Info On The Tevez Affair, Part 2

Ok, onto part 2: West Ham's right to appeal looks shaky West Ham's decision to appeal to the Court for Arbitration of Sport seems to have fallen foul of official regulations, despite a belief the rules can be circumvented that let they entered into before independent arbitration. // --> // --> // --> // --> CAS secretary general, Matthieu Reeb, told BBC Sport: ....


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Hammer-tastic Special: All The Info On The Tevez Affair, Part 1

Well, well, well... there's been a lot of worry and numbers thrown around over the Tevez saga in the last few days... but for the lazy among us it's been hard to keep up. But worry not, lazy-arse. We at UptonSparks are here to help by giving you a blow-by-blow (very funny) account of what's been going on and how it could affect West Ham's chances in the future. Sheffield United win ....


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Cole First To Be Sold If Tevez Fine Forces Player Sale

Carlton Cole Okirie is likely to be the first sold if a player exodus is triggered by the Tevez fine after his drunken driving antics. Having been caught allegedly over the limit at 4.30AM driving his Audi 'erratically' through the streets of Westminster, the player will fall foul of new manager Zola's clean living attitude. // --> // --> // --> // --> According ....


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West Ham To Follow Man City's Blueprint Into The Big Time?

West Ham are apparently part of a new consultation to move to the Olympic Stadium being built for the 2012 Olympics once the games are over. Both the Hammers and Tottenham Hotspur have previously been dubbed front runners to take over the site after London 2012, but neither's interest has been followed up with anything concrete. // --> // --> // --> // ....


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Is Green Off In January?

Robert Green appears to be worried he might be the next out the revolving door at Upton Park after expressing concerns over the board's actions. Never one to know when to keep his opinions to himself, Green thinks the fact that Anton Ferdinand and George McCartney were sold hints at worrying times ahead. // --> // --> // --> // --> "The only thing clear now is ....


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Nigerian International To Play For England?

It appears West Ham's very own resident Nigerian international, Carlton Cole Okirie, is now being tipped for a call up to the England squad. New manager Zola is getting a little bit carried away if he thinks that the hard-working but ultimately goal-shy Cole is worth a call-up in the near future is going to happen. // --> // --> // --> // --> "I know Carlton ....


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Zola Says Win Is All Down To Curbishley

New Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola, while happy to have recorded his first win in such emphatic style, put the victory down to the departed boss: "In one week I'd like to say we did something to these guys but to be fair to them it's down to them and what Alan Curbishley did so far," chattered the teeny Italian. // --> // --> // --> // --> His gestures and ....


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Bilic Could Still Take Over At Hammers

Croatia boss Slaven Bilic is almost certain to leave his post after the 2010 World Cup (assuming they qualify) and could be tempted by the West Ham post. He spoke once again about his desire to manage at club level after his time with his national side, and as we all know, his love for the Hammers has never been in doubt. // --> // --> // --> // --> "I will stay ....


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Confirmed: Clarke Moves To West Ham And Halves His Salary

Steve Clarke has moved from Stamford Bridge to Upton Park according to The Times. The Pensioners had been holding out for a fee of around £5 million, but have been forced to settle for less after the assistant manager clearly wanted to go to join the Zola revolution. // --> // --> // --> // --> 50% pay cut His current salary of £800,000 with bonuses ....


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Mourinho's Recommendation Could Cost Up To 5 Million

Jose Mourinho might have done a lot of good / bad things for English football (depending on which team you support) but at least his advice to Gianfranco Zola appears to be sound. The Portuguese manager recommended Steve Clarke as assistant manager to new manager Gianfranco Zola after the Italian was unveiled last week to the Hammers' fans, but compensation issues are getting in the ....


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Zola Couldn't Stomach Wise's Pranks: The Real Reason He Spurned Newcastle

Gianfranco Zola is set to take the West Ham job in the next 48 hours or so, but turned down the Newcastle position despite being potentially offered more money and transfer budget. However, thanks to something of Dennis Wise's book being published on the net, it appears his lovely little pranks might be a reason for Zola to ignore the call up north. // --> // --> // --> // ....


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New Manager Will Have To Answer To Nani

The next manager of West Ham will have to answer to Gianluca Nani, after his continued presence hints at a change in the way English football clubs are run. John Dillon of The Daily Express said on Sky Sports: "The football director role seems to have involved into this transfer job, but originally the idea was about much more than that. // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....


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Bilic Is Just Saying The Right Thing Before Becoming Hammers Manager

Slaven Bilic will become the new West Ham manager if his recent comments are to be believed. Bear with us on this one, but his statement of 'honouring his contract' with Croatia stinks of doing the right thing by his country's FA. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> "I've always said West Ham will be my choice when I return to ....


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