Celebrity West Ham United fan Kriss Akabusi has made a controversial suggestion about the club’s anthem.
West Ham are on their third manager in as many seasons at the London Stadium.
The move to Stratford has not worked out so far.
And the signs are not good for the latest incumbent Manuel Pellegrini after he lost his first four Premier League games in charge.
New season, new manager, new players, same old West Ham?
The Hammers also face a daunting fixture list over the next month which threatens to pile on the pressure.
The vultures are circling and the dark clouds moving in above the London Stadium already.
It is an all too familiar tale for Hammers fans.
They are the only ones to have stepped up to the promised ‘next level’ since the stadium move, selling out 52,000 season tickets for three consecutive years, second only to the mighty Manchester United.
The club’s predicament has fans tearing their hair out.
And it is clearly getting to some more than others.
Celebrity West Ham fan and former Great British athletics legend Kriss Akabusi has sparked controversy by suggesting on Twitter that the Hammers should ditch their ‘cursed’ historic club anthem ‘Bubbles’.
‘Would you speak this over your babies?’
“I think (sacrilege I know) that the song is a curse over the team and environs, “just like my dreams they fade and die, fortunes always hiding…” would you speak this over your babies? Come on you Irons.”
Serious question #westhamfamily have you ever considered that the #bubblessong has got to go? I think (sacrilege I know)that the song is a curse over the team & environs, “just like my dreams they fade & die, fortunes always hiding…” would you speak this over you babies? #coyi
— Kriss Akabusi MBE OLY (@krissakabusi) September 6, 2018
It is fair to say Akabusi’s comment did not go down well with his fellow West Ham fans.
Here are a selection of tweets from the backlash including from legendary striker David Cross and former photographer Steve Bacon.
Akabusi sparks fan backlash
Haven’t we lost enough already Kriss? Leave the song alone mate!
— Steve Bacon (@onesteviebacon) September 6, 2018
The song is fine Kriss, the players/Manager need a good boot up the arse, Hammers fans can take a lack of ability but what they can’t stomach is a lack of fight/determination/care – the majority of this current crop haven’t shown that at all yet and neither has Pellegrini.
— BKHammer (@BKhammer1) September 6, 2018
It’s accurate though. To be honest I don’t think the words to a song can be blamed for bad performances.
— Danielle Adams (@danielle91072) September 6, 2018
It’s all we have left Kriss, last remaining piece of identity from a bygone era…although if there was a cash incentive to do so I reckon the board might listen to you!!! ⚒️
— Mr C (@mattcordery) September 6, 2018
It speaks of a life gone by…Kriss the east end 100 years ago is a far different place to now…little hope of bettering oneself and West Ham on a Saturday afternoon was a release from the day to day drabness !!! That’s why our support has always been so different to clubs that
— Rob Jones (@robert_c_jones) September 6, 2018
Usually agree with most of what you have to say K. But that is bang out of order
— AZBONGLASCORE (@azzar36) September 6, 2018
There IS a curse over the club – the owners!
— Nick Sutton (@ChaoticSavageXX) September 6, 2018
Oh Kriss. I might have to have your MBE taken off you. I still sing myself to sleep with Bubbles. #traditionist
— David Cross (@DCross_psycho9) September 6, 2018