Much a Christmas do about nothing as Mail fail to stir West Ham controversy

Much a Christmas do about nothing as The Daily Mail fail to stir some West Ham controversy ahead of this week’s Europa League clash.

Tis the season of good tidings but The Daily Mail did not get the memo it seems.

West Ham are gearing up to take on Serbian side Backa Topola on Thursday night knowing a positive result will guarantee Europa League knockout football post Christmas.

It is game two of 10 in a hectic festive schedule between West Ham’s weekend win at Burnley and January 2nd.

The Hammers are on course for another mammoth 50 plus game season.

So the club has had to squeeze in an early Christmas get-together this week.

That saw majority owner David Sullivan, vice-chair Karren Brady, manager David Moyes and his players, staff and their partners turn out for a West Ham gathering at Argentinian restaurant Sucre in Soho last night.

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Much a Christmas do about nothing

But one renowned English tabloid couldn’t resist trying to make a story out of it.

It’s much a Christmas do about nothing as Daily Mail fail with bid to stir some West Ham controversy ahead of the Europa League clash.

West Ham will head out to Serbia on Wednesday for Thursday evening’s match with Backa Topola.

And the Mail has questioned the timing of the Christmas party with the headline ‘West Ham’s stars are joined by their WAGs on a night out in Soho for their Christmas Party – as Karren Brady and David Sullivan drop in too – two days before they fly for Europa League game in Serbia’.

That’s despite its report even stating the West Ham squad and staff did not stay out particularly late.

“The squad arrived at the Argentinian restaurant between 5 and 6pm on Monday night, but it’s believed they didn’t stay out too late, and instead left the venue at around 10.30pm,” the Mail reports.

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Mail fail with to stir West Ham controversy

The report, which offers rather irrelevant commentary questioning what some of the Hammers players such as Kurt Zouma were wearing for the night out, looks to be setting West Ham up for a fall by highlighting the closeness of the party to the European clash.

But long gone are the days of boozy team blow-outs around Christmas time.

So how or why this would have any impact on West Ham’s preparations for Thursday night is anyone’s guess.

The fact is, it won’t. But no doubt if the Hammers do not get the desired result in Serbia, the same paper will use the Christmas do as a stick with which to beat the club.

A top source inside West Ham told Hammers News it was a ‘lovely evening’ and highlighted how important it is for players and their partners to ‘get out, let their hair down and bond with one another’.

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