There could be a £14.5m spanner in the works for the traditional West Ham summer pre-season plans claims a Hammers insider.
West Ham enjoyed a brilliant pre-season last summer which saw David Moyes’s side get off to a flying start in the Premier League, Europa League and Carabao Cup.
The Hammers hit a dip following the November international break and struggled for the same level of consistency and performance for much of the rest of the season.
But much of that was put down to the shallow West Ham squad Moyes was operating with.
Last season, the COVID-19 pandemic restricted West Ham to friendlies in England and Scotland.
It was the second consecutive pre-season West Ham had a camp at St Andrew’s in Moyes’s homeland.
West Ham fans have been wondering what this summer might hold in terms of pre-season plans and fixtures.
According to a new report from The Athletic, West Ham will report back for pre-season training on Monday June 27th.
Moyes has shunned far flung and potentially lucrative pre-season tours to the likes of Australia this summer.
And Claret and Hugh claim West Ham will again have a training camp at St Andrews as well as Evian in France.
West Ham announced their first pre-season fixtures against the likes of Luton and Reading yesterday.
The Hammers usually line up a quality side to play at the London Stadium in the Betway Cup on the last Saturday before the Premier League season starts – which would be July 30th this year.
But there is a £14.5m spanner in the works for those traditional West Ham summer pre-season plans claims a Hammers insider.
Claret and Hugh’s Sean Whetstone says the pre-season home friendly ‘could be in doubt due to the construction of the new West Stand in July’.
“After the final event on 26th June the stadium will need to transform to football mode but this summer it will involve dismantling and rebuilding the £14.5m West Stand in its new configuration,” Claret and Hugh state in an article titled ‘Pre-season friendly in doubt’.
The London Stadium will host Soccer Aid this weekend with retired West Ham captain Mark Noble set to feature for England.
That is followed by a monster trucks event and three days of music concerts towards the end of June.
There is no athletics scheduled this summer and that will surely give West Ham enough time – almost a full month – to get the new stand sorted in time for the a home pre-season clash at the end of July.
The traditional home pre-season friendly against top level opposition is not only a good test of where West Ham are at ahead of the new campaign, but it is also potentially quite lucrative for the club too.
The match attracts big crowds so West Ham will undoubtedly be doing everything possible to get the game on and in the schedule.