As first reported by 90min.com,
For the second consecutive season, the atmosphere around West Ham United has been toxic.
Owners David Sullivan and David Gold, alongside vice-chairwoman Karren Brady, promised West Ham fans the London Stadium would propel the club to the ‘next level’, with a ‘world class team, in a world class stadium’.
Sadly, the reality has been the polar opposite. As the club fight their second relegation battle in two seasons, fans frustrations have boiled over, leading to pitch invasions, protests and thousands of fans finally turning on the board.
Karen Brady’s Show starts with her saying “my idea was to buy a Football Club that had gone bust and turn it into a business worth more than £80m” err this is re-writing history. 1) Gold & Sullivan bought West Ham. 2) West Ham hadn’t gone bust 3) Karen turned it round on her own?
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) April 17, 2018
From the outside looking in, and without knowing all the facts, it’s understandable why opposition fans struggle to see why West Ham fans are currently so unhappy with their club.
In the summer, the club signed four Premier League proven internationals on big wages, negotiated the ‘deal of the century’ to become tenants in the Olympic Stadium for peanuts a year prior, and have the seventh highest wage bill in the country. Opposition fans maybe thinking: what is all the fuss? West Ham have always been a lower mid-table sort of team?
Firstly, the board have not been completely honest with the fans. We were told, ‘you can trust us’, after promising to deliver ‘a world class stadium with seats close to the pitch’. The reality is quite different, as the retractable seating is scaffolding balanced on bricks being secured with cable ties.
Along with the green carpet covering the running track, the stadium looks and feels very cheap and temporary. Other issues fans have are the lack of West Ham colours and branding, the neutral looking white seats, other events taking priority over home fixtures and shocking stewarding. It is very much below world class standards.
However the fans’ issues with the board go further than the stadium. The lack of serious investment in the squad has left fans wondering why we left Upton Park. In two seasons at the London Stadium, the club have spent an average of £13.5m a season.