Mark Lawrenson sends message to West Ham, makes shock revelation and less shocking prediction

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Much maligned pundit Mark Lawrenson has sent a message to West Ham United amid the controversy surrounding his predictions and made a shock revelation.

Hammers chief David Gold recently launched a scathing attack on BBC pundit and Liverpool legend Lawrenson on Twitter.

It comes after Lawrenson predicted an FA Cup defeat for Slaven Bilic's side at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

That proved to be the straw which broke the camel's back for many West Ham fans and their co-owner Gold.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawro has predicted 14 losses and just two wins for West Ham this season and after their 3-0 win over his former club Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season he wrote in his Mirror column: "West Ham are not a very good team."

It culminated in Gold lashing out on Twitter saying: "I'm not a fan of Mark Lawrenson and I'm pleased that Alan Hansen has retired (dinosaurs)."

The pundit has been ridiculed on social media by legions of West Ham fans after their side beat Wolves 1-0.

'I have been getting some stick'

But now Lawrenson has moved to try and appease the East Londoners with a message in his latest set of predictions on BBC Sport and makes a shocking revelation in the process.

"I have been getting some stick for some of my West Ham predictions, because Slaven Bilic's side would be in the bottom three if they had actually happened," Lawrenson wrote on BBC Sport.

"I certainly don't have anything against West Ham, though.

"In fact I almost joined them as a teenager - they offered me an apprenticeship before I joined my hometown team Preston."

So there you have it Lawrenson could well have played for the Hammers.

A less shocking prediction

The pundit made an altogether less shocking revelation when he offered his latest prediction for Bilic's side as they travel to Bournemouth tonight, though.

Yes, you guessed it, he has predicted yet another defeat for the Irons, the 15th time he has tipped them to lose this season and even he is starting to see the funny side.

"I have been wrong about them a lot this season so I am sure their fans will not mind that I am tipping them to lose again this week," he added.

"The Hammers have had some great results away from home under Bilic, but most of them have been against bigger clubs and I have a feeling Bournemouth will edge this one, just like they did at Upton Park in August."

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