It is often a big frustration of football fans like West Ham’s that the accredited press don’t ask the right questions when the chance comes along each week.
Many West Ham fans feel the media’s obsession with the Premier League’s elite clubs – cringe worthily dubbed the ‘big six’ by the likes of Sky Sports – means reporters either lack the knowledgeable or simply aren’t interested enough to ask the pertinent questions of Manuel Pellegrini or whoever happens to occupy the Hammers hotseat.
A lack of fan site representation in press conferences means that is likely to continue.
Pellegrini set to face the press ahead of Palace
West Ham entertain Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
With Leicester playing Liverpool and Arsenal not playing until Sunday, victory will likely put the Hammers back up to third in the table.
They go into the game having lost star player Lukasz Fabianski for three months. It means the unfancied Roberto steps in.
Meanwhile Jack Wilshere looks set to miss out through injury once again.
Back-up striker Albian Ajeti has failed to impress so far.
Accredited press fail to address the key issues
And with all five of last season’s forwards shipped out in the summer, the pressure is on Sebastien Haller not only get the goals, but stay fit all season long.
With all that in mind here are five questions Pellegrini should be asked in his pre-Crystal Palace press conference but probably won’t.
- Why did the club not fight harder to keep Adrian? With Fabianski injured the Hammers cult hero would be a steady pair of hands as West Ham look to achieve something special in what looks set to be a wide open season. Adrian will lose his place when Liverpool number one Allison returns this weekend. Surely more could have been done to keep him at the club.
- Why has the club left itself so short up front? West Ham could have their season completely derailed by one injury to Haller. Whether it is poor planning or penny pinching, it could cost the club dear come what May.
‘Are you happy with paltry £25million from board?’
- Reports in the week claim the owners will not give you any money to spend in January despite a paltry net outlay of just £25million in the summer. The Oxford shambles proves the squad is not strong enough. Are you happy with the funds you had from the board in the summer?
- Jack Wilshere is reportedly injured again. Do you regret signing him and why did you believe West Ham – a club with a terrible injury record – could get him fit and playing regularly again?
- West Ham fans have been angry with what they perceive as a lack of credit in the media so far this season. How do you feel about that?