Happy Hammers? Gerrard at Villa and three Championship clubs

Happy Hammers? Gerrard at Villa and three Championship clubs

Last update: 18 November 2021 Tags: Aston Villa, Norwich, West Ham, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Reading, Premier League, Championship, EFL. Categories: Featured, Podcast.

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Are West Ham fans happy with what they are seeing? At the moment you'd have to say yes. The Hammers are playing some stylish football, David Moyes is doing a fantastic job but a bitter feeling still clouds over those at the top, David Sullivan and David Gold remain the panto villains in East London. On the pitch, the London Stadium is becoming a home from home. Nothing can replace Upton Park, the identity of West Ham matchdays from yesteryear will be forgotten for fans who were proud to call Upton Park home. Yet, while it has taken time to build an atmosphere, you can sense now that the former Olympic stadium is serving its purpose.

What can West Ham achieve this season? David Moyes' side finished agonisingly close to making the Premier League's top four last season, but can they go one better come May 2022? Silverware isn't out of the question too. In my view West Ham are in with a chance of lifting the Carabao Cup at Wembley, progression in the FA Cup shouldn't be seen as just another competition, and there is no reason why West Ham cannot win the Europa League.

To discuss this, I'm joined by one our new contributors to the website Jude Hope, sports journalism student at Liverpool John Moores University and West Ham fan.

We also talk the new managerial arrivals in the Premier League. Dean Smith is no longer Aston Villa manager but now has the Norwich job and to replace Smith comes a Liverpool legend. Steven Gerrard is now a Premier League manager after securing the Scottish Premiership title with Rangers for the first time in ten years. How will Gerrard fare at Villa Park? It's a huge club that should be doing better than the bottom half of the table. Can he pull it off or is he too inexperienced for the job?

Elsewhere in the Championship another manager starts a new job with Chris Wilder at Middlesbrough, who may yet make the play-offs come the end of the season. Three successful promotions at his three previous clubs, Northampton Town, Oxford United and of course the gigantic achievement to take Sheffield United from League One into the Championship and then the top flight in 2019.

At the other end of the spectrum, two clubs are in deep financial difficulty. We touch on Derby County's further deduction of points and Reading now find themselves with points chalked off after breaching EFL financial rules.

Another All Out Football podcast recorded for you to enjoy!

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