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Former West Ham heroes still hopeful for new season

PUBLISHED: 08:30 13 September 2018

Any Old Irons meet Robson and Taylor

Any Old Irons meet Robson and Taylor

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Hard work and back to basics the key for Pellegrini’s Hammers according to Taylor and Robson

Alan Taylor meets one of the Any Old Irons membersAlan Taylor meets one of the Any Old Irons members

Former West Ham stars Alan Taylor and Keith Robson insist that hard work and patience will get the club out of their current plight at the bottom of the Premier League.

The 1970s heroes were speaking after a Q&A session for the Any Old Irons group at East Ham Working Men’s Club on Monday and they remained positive.

“There are only four games gone so far, so you can’t talk about it all going wrong,” said Robson defiantly.

“The club have done exactly what the fans wanted and that is to spend money and it is up to them to get the performances on the park and at the moment they are not doing that.

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini and Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo on the touchline during the Premier League match at London Stadium.West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini and Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo on the touchline during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

“But I am sure if they keep working at it, the performances will come.”

When Taylor and Robson arrived in the 1970s, it was alongside a third new signing in Billy Jennings, so are there parallels between then and the influx of new players this season?

FA Cup winner Taylor doesn’t think so, adding: “I don’t think it was as difficult for us. You are talking about only three players and we didn’t all get into the team at first.

“At the moment you have nine or 10 new players and I am sure his biggest problem is knowing what his best team is and the best positions to play them in.

West Ham United's Alan Taylor, who scored both goals in the final, celebrates with a pint of milk in the dressing room after the matchWest Ham United's Alan Taylor, who scored both goals in the final, celebrates with a pint of milk in the dressing room after the match

“He has to find that sooner rather than later.”

Taylor scored both goals in West Ham’s 1975 FA Cup triumph over Fulham, but he would be the first to praise the contribution of the rest of the team.

He still holds that view about today’s team.

“We have to work as a team,” he said. “There is no question about that and if you look at recent displays, not all the players are putting it in.

“They have to work as a unit and hopefully the results will change.”

Robson has faith in manager Manuel Pellegrini and is confident that things can be turned around with one vital ingredient, adding: “All the past teams that West Ham have had that have been successful have worked. I know that was a long time ago, but if you go there with the wrong attitude it is never going to work out.

“Pellegrini is a well-known manager and has succeeded everywhere he has gone, so I wouldn’t be panicking.

“He has got to get back to basics. He has brought all these players in and put them into a system that wants to pressurise people, but it is not working so he needs to go back to basics and see what it goes like from there.”

West Ham go to Goodison Park on Sunday to take on Everton still looking for that elusive first Premier League win of the season.

The Toffees are not exactly pulling up trees this campaign, so Pellegrini will be hopeful of a decent result.

The pressure is definitely on though as the Hammers are the only club in England’s top seven divisions without a single point. Now is the chance to see what this new-look West Ham is really made of.

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