West Ham United co-owner David Gold has hit back at fans moaning about the club’s spending on facilities.
Some West Ham fans are furious at the club’s plight this season on and off the pitch.
A lack of investment in the last two transfer windows and poor results on the pitch have seen West Ham struggle this term.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side made a bright start to the season and were tipped to challenge for Europe.
But the Hammers have been in freefall over the last 10 weeks. A win at Southampton last time out has eased some of the tension.
Fan discontent not going away
But many supporters believe West Ham’s issues go way deeper than their performances on the pitch.
Co-owners David Sullivan and Gold have been at the Hammers helm for 10 years in January.
West Ham had finished ninth before they took over.
And in that time supporters feel they have not taken the club on at all, both on and off the pitch.
Owners face battle to ever win supporters over
From the way the board conducts business, to recruitment, the stadium move, transfers and facilities.
West Ham-supporting talkSPORT reporter Ian Abrahams caused a stir last week when he posted a picture from the club’s training ground.
The picture was captioned: “A clear but chill morning at The Hammers training ground.” Fans hijacked the post to lambaste the owners over the state of the facilities compared to other Premier League clubs.
Abrahams has since deleted his post.
It painted a dreary image of the Rush Green facilities. The training ground facilities – at both Rush Green and the former base at Chadwell Heath – have long been criticised by West Ham fans, past players and managers.
Gold hits back at fans over spending
Hammers fans have seen most Premier League clubs, including the likes of Tottenham, Brighton, Leicester and Burnley invest millions in their training facilities.
West Ham fans are embarrassed by theirs.
Fans hit out at the owners in response to Abrahams’ picture.
Gold has been quiet on social media of late.
But seemingly emboldened by the weekend win over the Saints, the co-owner took to Twitter to respond to the recent criticism on Sunday.
“We have over the last few years spent millions on improving the training facilities to the highest standards at both Chadwell Heath and Rush Green,” Gold said on Twitter.
We have over the last few years spent millions on improving the training facilities to the highest standards at both Chadwell Heath and Rush Green. dg
— David Gold (@davidgold) December 15, 2019
The post did not go down well with supporters.
The majority of fans were incensed, labelling the claim ‘lies’ and questioning whether Gold is truly a fan of the club.
Others simply used images of the world class facilities at rival Premier League clubs to prove their point.