Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday April 16 2009
1) So an injury ravaged season, a disappointment or just about what you expected?
Above what I expected really. At one point we were really in the mire, and now Europe is still a possibility. At Xmas we were tipped by many to go down, but we should end up in the top 10.
2) Were you surprised when Curbishley was sacked, was he given enough time?
Yes, he had sufficient time. I felt a bit sorry for Curbs, and he did well when he first came in, but he was not going to take us any further forward.
3) Is Zola the man to take you forward?
Quite simply, yes. Zola and Clarke have done a great job so far. Long may they stay.
4) Of all the players you've had out injured this season, who have you missed the most?
Dean Ashton. When he is fit, he is one of the best striker in the league. Unfortunately, that is not very often.
5) If you could have two Villa players, who would they be and why?
Ashley Young: Great player. His pace and vision would fit nicely into our team.
Gabby Agbonlahor. If your fans don't like him, I'm sure ours would!
6) You've asked me, so I'll ask you for an outsiders point of view, did MON mess up over the UEFA Cup, were you surprised to see him send such a weak team to Moscow?
Yes. It looks as though you will miss out on 4th spot, so does a European final sound so bad to MON now?
7) What do you think of Villa and have you been pleased to see another team knocking on the door of the 'established' top four?
It's been great to watch Villa when they are playing well. Quick, attacking football, with some fantastic English youngsters in the team.
8) What is the best/funniest chant you have heard this season?
To Spurs' Tom Huddlestone:
Jordan's baby in disguise'
9) Realistically where do you see West Ham heading, what can they achieve league and cup wise?
If we can finish 7th and gain a European spot great, if not, no big deal. We need a new backer who will invest a few million in the team. We have some great youngsters (Noble, Collison, Tomkins, Sears, Savio) and some excellent established players (Parker, Upson, Cole, Green), but we need some strikers, and some flair.
10) And closer to home, what do you expect to happen this weekend?
A decent game, 2-2.
With thanks to Saul from Vital West Ham. My interview is available at www.westham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article and will no doubt, inform and entertain the entire world of football what with me being a genius and all. :o)
Date:Thursday April 16 2009
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