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Tony Cottee, Recorder Columnist
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Recorder Columnist and West Ham legend Tony Cottee remembers the good times for the Hammers at White Hart Lane
It is our old rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday and I will be there, just as I was in the old days as a fan and then a player.
Spurs clashes are always special as a Hammers fan and I will never forget the day David Cross scored four for us at White Hart Lane. I also remember going there as an 18-year-old and winning 2-0, while my 200th league goal came at White Hart Lane when I was playing for Leicester City, so it has some happy memories for me, though some bad ones too of course.
It is always a tough game and Tottenham are looking good this season having spent the Gareth Bale money well, but I am ever hopeful for a draw this Sunday.
It was yet another disappointing result for us at Hull City on Saturday and though I would say that it is far too early to call it a crisis, it is something that needs to be addressed and soon.
When you look at the next three fixtures against Spurs, Manchester City and then at Swansea, a result at Hull was a vital one for us, but as I have said before, if you are not putting your chances away then you can’t win games.
On the positive side, the team are creating chances, but it is time to put some away by whatever means possible.
I went through lean runs in the past, but I was never worried as long as I was getting in the right positions and the chances were coming, because I knew that sooner or later one was going to go in and I think that the likes of Maiga, Petric and Nolan have to think the same thing.
I am delighted that Carlton Cole is back training with the club. I have always been an admirer of the striker and if they can get him fit then he would be my choice up front in Carroll’s absence.
Di Canio sacking was not a surprise
I wouldn’t say I know Paolo Di Canio very well, but he has always said hello to me when I have met him and been very pleasant.
However, I can’t say I am too surprised that he was sacked as Sunderland manager last week.
His style is very much high-risk management and though that may work in League One or League Two, when it comes to the players in the Premier League it is a very different matter.
When I hear about some of the rules that he inflicted on the players, like no ketchup on your meals or no talking to other members of staff, then I have to say I would not have been happy as a person or a player working under those conditions.
I am not in favour of player power at clubs, but it is increasingly obvious that it is the players that hold most of the cards these days and that is why he had to go.
I wouldn’t say he will never be the West Ham manager in the future as many fans would like, but I think that may be a long way off and he may well have to return to Italy for his next job.