Hammer horror for Newcastle United
Diminutive Italian Gianfranco Zola had penned in his first programme notes as a manager today that "it would not be easy" against Newcastle United.
Whether the friendly little former Chelsea chappie was being polite is something we'll never know but sadly for Toon fans the truth is, it was far too easy for West Ham to see off bewildered Newcastle.
The game was over as a contest with 52 minutes on the clock.
The politics surrounding United at the moment clearly aren't helping the players and it was evident as the players strolled into Upton Park today, they didn't look happy.
United are lacking a real leader despite the best efforts of Chris Hughton.
Hughton's decision to play Cacapa in the anchor role in midfield caught most hacks out up in the Press box.
But the decision didn't pay off as West Ham ran through United at will in the first half.
The Hammers stormed into a 2-0 lead and it could have been more.
Newcastle lacked invention going forward with their only real magician in N'Zogbia asked to play at left-back once more.
And once the reshuffle came in the second half - at three down - it was clear Newcastle looked much more comfortable pushing on rather sitting deep.
Easy to say now but Sebastien Bassong would go on to prove he was more than capable of slotting in at left-back and he suggested he could be the short-term answer to the void on the left hand side.
All in all another tough day for the Toon Army who had to endure taunts of "3-0 to the Mafia" at one stage.
Mike Ashley watched on from a private box at Upton Park but these are uncertain times indeed in Toonland.