Lawro on us
The relegation scrap is as tight as the fight for the title.
It does not take too much to turn a season around in this league. Not long ago pressure was mounting on Mick McCarthy, Steve Bruce and even Sam Allardyce. A good run of results has helped their clubs pull well clear.
That has left Portsmouth and Burnley at the bottom looking doomed. The other place will go to either West Ham or Hull.
The problem facing West Ham is not on the pitch – but the constant distractions off it by David Gold and David Sullivan.
They have made themselves look silly with their preaching on how to run a club yet they’re doing the exact opposite.
Why are they always hanging around their club’s training ground? What does Sullivan expect to see when he turns up at Chadwell Heath? The players must wince when they see his Rolls Royce.
They bought the club, it’s their right, yet it’s the last thing the players need.
West Ham have a good backbone – Green, Upson, Parker and Cole. But I’d like to see them bring back Mark Noble into the starting line-up. He’s a local boy, who understands the pressure and what’s needed.
But if Gold and Sullivan really don’t fancy Gianfranco Zola they should have sacked him straight off. To constantly say they support him yet appear to do anything simply undermines their manager.
West Ham certainly have quality and that gives them the edge over Hull. But Iain Dowie is a scrapper and they gave themselves new belief by beating Fulham last week.
West Ham should stop moaning about Fulham fielding a weakened team against Hull. It’s up to Fulham who they pick. Having beaten Wolfsburg, that decision looks justified.
Hull’s problem is a lack of quality. They have tried and failed to buy a striker and, like every team near the bottom, they struggle for goals.
An even bigger worry for Hull are the devastating financial consequences if they go down. The club is in big trouble and it will be a fight to the finish.