Unconfirmed rumours around the Boleyn suggest that Big Sam recently despatched a team of undercover scouts to the basketball arena at the Olympics in an effort to capture some new talent for the Hammer’s premier league campaign. This will come as no surprise to fans of Sam Baldock, who, despite looking very sharp in pre-season fixtures, is packing his bags and heading for Bristol City having been deemed surplus to requirements at Upton Park.
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|A QPR squad member models the platformed boots|
In another development, it is rumoured that the West Ham management are planning to invest in a carnival-type mirror system that will make the players seem even taller than they already are – a scary thought given that the starting XI on Saturday’s demolition of Aston Villa were on average a whopping 6ft 1inches tall! Sadly, these mirrors will arrive too late to save Baldock from the horror of a move to ‘boring' Bristol. It is thought that Big Sam also believes that adding a sense of fairground freakishness could be a useful weapon to intimidate visiting fans – it certainly seems to have worked wonders for Stoke City.
|The Stoke subs bench lending support to their team's on-pitch efforts|
However, sources close to the Boleyn countered that “any fans who survived the fearsome Tomas Repka and the spine-chilling Iain Dowie should be able to manage a veiwing of Joey O’Brien”.
The spectre of Dowie continues to loom large over West Ham fan’s nocturnal terrors
Other sources have suggested that Big Sam is also concerned at the lack of a significant aerial presence amongst fans at the Bobby Moore end of the ground and wants to bring in a height screening test for season ticket holders. Not surprisingly, some high profile supporters with vertical disadvantage issues have responded angrily and vowed to form an action group. There’s no tolerance of heightism in Hollywood , so why should the premiership be any different – “just like us thespians, those footballers are all just prancing about, pretending to give a shit, acting the part until a better offer comes along” a spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, Hammers principal sports psychology consultant, Dr Marco Boogers, speaking from a caravan park in Utrecht commented “It’s all gone bonkers at that club again, bloody bonkers”.