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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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Three Clubs Rival West Ham's Fading Appiah Hopes

West Ham's hopes of signing Ghanain Stephen Appiah have been dealt a huge blow after it was confirmed Arsenal, Portsmouth and a top European club have been tracking the player too. He played for Ghana against Libya last night in a game that proved he was no longer injured, so Harry Redknapp's comments about the player don't nseem to hold water any more. // --> // --> // --> ....

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Noble Hits Out At Curbs Sacking - Though Not Literally

Mark Noble, a man often pictured playing in the rain (don't ask us why), has hit out at the loss of Alan Curbishley so early in the season. The England Under-21 lover and player believed the club was going places under the previous manager, and is disappointed to see him go. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> "Alan is a proud man ....

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Hammers Board Calls Mccartney A Liar

The West Ham board have reacted with total and utter dismay, bordering on the outraged and depressed, at George McCartney's claims that he was forced to leave the club. It does seem strange when two side offer differing views, but hey, if it's good enough for Newcastle, it's good enough for the Hammers, eh? // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // ....

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Curbs Touting For Business Already

Despite his chair in his office at Upton park still being warm, Curbs is already looking for a new club. Seemingly needing no time to grieve, the former Charlton manager wants back in ASAP. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> "If anything becomes available I'll be looking for that in the Premier League," Curbishley said to Sky ....

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Billy Davies More Likely To Become Next Hammers Manager

With the news of Davide Ballardini falling out of the running to become the next Hammers boss, a surprise candidate has emerged in the shape of Billy Davies. The former Derby head-man honcho boss-boy, sacked rather unfairly last season, has been out of work since leaving the Rams. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> Despite ....

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Hammer-tastic Manager Special - Ballardini, Redknapp, Di Canio, Bilic, And Allardyce

Well, colour me surprised and buy me a turnip...we all thought Curbs might leave, but this soon after the transfer window? Luckily, you've got the UptonSparks lot on the case. Quick as winking we were down the ol' bookies (it's almost like we were there when we heard the news or something) to get the odds on the new West Ham manager. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> ....

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Curbs Speaks: Board Forced Me Out Over Rubbish Transfer Policy

Alan Curbishley has blasted the West Ham board following his surprise sacking: "It was a culmination of events over the weekend," he said to Sky Sports News. "I was vehemently against the transfer of McCartney because of the injuries to other defenders. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> "I was looking at that, along with ....

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Appiah Not Sure About Hammers After Arsenal Turns Head

Stephen Appiah could have his head turned by the interests of Arsenal if reports of the club's interest are confirmed. With Wenger being short in midfield but not bringing in any reinforcements, Appiah could well be the solution. // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> In July 2007 the midfielder said: “No deal has been done yet ....

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Illegal Betting And Never Played Abroad - Is Di Michele Right For The Hammers?

At 32 years old, he's hardly the player that Hammers fans expected to be lighting up the six yard box on a regular basis. Chat about Eidur Gudjohnsen set minds racing...will West Ham be signing a player capable of challenging Ashton and Bellamy? // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> // --> David di Michele, from Torino on loan with an ....

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Will It Be Curbs Or The Board Who Leaves Upton Park?

Well, the sale of George McCartney confirmed one thing: The West Ham football club known and loved of old has gone, and is now a club built on lies. Not long after Alan Curbishley said there would be no more sales after Anton Ferdinand left for Sunderland, the board sanctions a deal for the player who appeared most times last season. We all know his missus was unhappy, but was it not the man ....

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The West Ham Transfer Rumour Centre: Appiah Might Not Sign Tonight

It's transfer day! We're going to keep you abreast of all of the rumours that spill out over the next 12 hours...and what's more we want you to contribute. Are you a taxi driver who picked up Wayne Rooney from Heathrow and delivered him to Upton Park? Are you Alan Curbishley's Nan with inside info? If you are, contact us using the link on the left...we want to hear from you asap, and we will ....

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