Back in February, we wrote about how things were starting to look a little rosier for a West Ham side that had been enduring a frustratingly incosistent season. Alan Pardew had avoided the sack, Teddy Sheringham was beginning to drag the team up to his level and Marlon Harewood was looking the business. However at the time, we remember looking around a West Ham messageboard and noting how one little ray of sunshine had described Pardew's men as "the worst West Ham team ever".
Unfortunately, that kind of sentiment has too often been typical of your average West Ham fan this season. The Upton Park faithful are a passionate, knowledgeable crowd who every right to be upset with the record of their chairman, but it is a real shame that they've been too quick to turn on their team on so many occasions this season. Alan Pardew may well be a little too self-confident for the liking of some, but he has worked hard to mold an exciting and successful young team, especially in the face of financial restrictions that saw the departure of a plethora of present and future England stalwarts.
Oh, and watch out tomorrow for news of the outcome of the Ashley Cole 'tapping up' scandal - could be interesting