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Lou Macari 1989 - 1990

Player Debuts

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Martin Allen

Colin Foster

Justin Fashanu (Loan)

Perry Suckling (Loan)

Ian Bishop

Trevor Morley

Jimmy Quinn

Paul Kelly

Ralph Milne (Loan)

Ludek Miklosko

Plymouth Argyle

Watford

Wimbledon - Sub

Oldham Athletic

Leicester City

Leicester City

Barnsley

Hull City

Derby County

Swindon Tow

26th August 1989

23rd September 1989

22nd November 1989

16th December 1989

30th December 1989

30th December 1989

1st January 1990

20th January 1990

24th January 1990

18th February 1990

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

Upton Park

City Stadium

City Stadium

Upton Park

Upton Park

Baseball Ground

County Ground

Barclays League Division Two

Barclays League Division Two

Littlewoods Cup

Barclays League Division Two

Barclays League Division Two

Barclays League Division Two

Barclays League Division Two

Barclays League Division Two

Littlewoods Cup

Barclays League Division Two

1989-90 Season : LOU MACARI replaces John Lyall 6th July 1989

Appointed Manager 6th July 1989

 

Overall League Record:

P:28   W:10   D:8   L:10   F:41   A:30

Former Scottish international served by far the shortest reign of any of the West Ham managers. After controversially ending John Lyall’s 34-year association with the Club, the Board elected to appoint a successor from outside the Upton Park ‘family’ but their faith in the ‘outsider’ Macari was not repaid, as the former Swindon Town boss suddenly quit for reasons that had nothing to do with West Ham. Macari, who had enjoyed reasonable success in the lower divisions with Swindon Town, arrived to find several star names either having already left or about to move on. He ruffled a few big-name feathers with his strongly-held fitness and anti-alcohol beliefs before he became engulfed in a betting ‘scandal’ campaign zealously conducted by a Sunday tabloid newspaper who were determined to shame him. Lou had “innocently” placed what he thought were harmless bets on his team’s matches while boss of Swindon. His role in the betting saga was described as “minor and foolhardy’’ and led to a £1,000 fine, although (along with other employees) he subsequently faced more serious charges relating to illegal payments to players which cost the Wiltshire club promotion. Lou began to feel the growing weight of bad publicity and, not wishing to tarnish his new club’s reputation any longer, the diminutive Scot tendered his resignation just seven months into his new job with the Hammers. Ironically, he suddenly quit on the morning of Hammers’ visit to Swindon on 18th February 1990, and with the team halfway through a two-legged League Cup semi-final with Oldham Athletic. It was a hasty decision he would later regret. Lou’s final game in charge turned out to be the crushing 6-0 League Cup, semi-final, first leg, defeat at Oldham. Billy Bonds had been installed as his replacement for the return game at Upton Park.

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