The final week of April was a tad unusual for West Ham – we were on the back and front pages of the newspapers for all the wrong reasons.
While there’s not been any suggestion, at the time of writing, of any wrongdoing at the club, it’s going to be interesting to see what the outcome of the HMRC investigation is. What I hope is that the players keep their focus on what they are doing on the pitch and haven’t spent too much time worrying about what’s happened off it. From their point of view, it’s something and nothing so I imagine there would have been general chit chat in the changing room when the raids happened but that would’ve been it.
When it doesn’t impact you personally, you just get on with it and I’m sure that’s what the lads would have done in the build-up to the Stoke game. I noticed the head of the club’s press office told journalists not to ask Slaven Bilic about it, and I’m sure he will have been keen to keep things as normal as possible. At the end of April, despite their blips, Chelsea are still very much in the driving seat for the Premier League title.
I saw them play against West Ham and they were the best side I’ve seen live this season. They didn’t appear to get out of first gear.