West Ham United co-owner David Gold put his head above the parapet by sending a message to Declan Rice on Twitter but just made things worse.
All is not well at West Ham. Fans and players have revolted against owners Gold and David Sullivan and a toxic atmosphere has enveloped the club once again.
That was obvious from the performance in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle on the opening day.
It’s 100 up for Rice at unhappy Hammers
Even West Ham’s great young hope Declan Rice looks distracted and disgruntled.
And is it any wonder?
Here West Ham have one of the best young players in Europe. A future West Ham captain if he is not sold to Chelsea before then.
But despite his superb performances and reaching 100 appearances for the club already, Rice is still earning a modest £30,000 per week (WTFoot).
For perspective, that’s £20,000 less than Carlos Sanchez was on before he left in June.
It is also £20k less than Aaron Cresswell is on. Nearly £70k less than Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere. Over £10k less than Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku even.
Rice urged Gold and Sullivan to back Moyes in the transfer window at the end of last season (BT Sport).
West Ham fans have been urging club to reward Rice with new deal
Instead they have made no new signings and sold his good friend and fellow academy graduate Grady Diangana against Moyes’s wishes.
Fresh takeover talk has emerged this week and fans are hoping Gold and Sullivan do the right thing and sell to a more ambitious owner with bigger financial resources.
So when Gold stuck his head above the parapet to send a message to Rice on Twitter it sparked a huge response.
“I would like to congratulate Declan on his 100th Premier League appearance for West Ham United – a magnificent achievement,” Gold said on Twitter.
“I am very proud of him and he epitomises everything that this great football club stands for.”
I would like to congratulate Declan on his 100th Premier League appearance for West Ham United – a magnificent achievement. I am very proud of him and he epitomises everything that this great football club stands for. pic.twitter.com/Dm0zvFT6il
— David Gold (@davidgold) September 15, 2020
But all Gold has done has dug a deeper hole for himself and the club.
David Gold makes a rod for his own back with Twitter message
Firstly Gold is right. Rice really does epitomise everything West Ham stands for.
But if the owners believe that then why is Rice not being rewarded with a new deal befitting of his status as one of the top and most coveted defensive midfielders in Europe.
Instead rumours of a big money move to Chelsea continue to fester (talkSPORT).
West Ham should take a leaf out of Aston Villa’s book.
Not only have Villa splashed the cash to improve their team this summer, they have just announced star player Jack Grealish has signed a bumper new five-year deal with the club.
Gold was savaged by West Ham fans in response to his tweet.
Perhaps the most damning of all was from West Ham season ticket holder under the tag AllSportsView.
“Yeah, and you epitomise everything that this club doesn’t stand for,” the response said.
Yeah, and you epitomise everything that this Club doesn’t stand for. https://t.co/WpWMhJmd9z
— AllSportsView #GSBOUT (@AllSportsView) September 15, 2020