West Ham United co-owner David Gold has walked into a barrage of abuse after labelling the win over Sheffield United ‘competent’.
West Ham made it back-to-back 1-0 victories with the win at Bramall Lane.
And it means this is West Ham’s best start to a season for five years.
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David Moyes’s side look organised, solid, committed, energetic, hungry and dangerous. And they have discovered something West Ham teams so often lack – consistency.
But unpopular West Ham co-owner David Gold chose a different adjective to describe the performance when complimenting the team – ‘competent’.
And whether you agree with him or not, he left himself open to a barrage of abuse.
“Sheff Utd 0 West Ham United 1: Haller scores screamer that moves us up to eighth place,” Gold said on Twitter.
Gold gets barrage of abuse after labelling performance ‘competent’
“Competent performance from the whole team. Well done David Moyes. DG.”
The backlash from West Ham fans was pretty fierce.
And predictably many supporters were quick to point out they feel he, fellow co-owner David Sullivan and their vice-chairman Karren Brady are incompetent.
‘At least someone at this club is competent’ was a common line among the responses.
A large section of West Ham fans are continuing to campaign against the owners.
Co-owner asking for trouble with poor choice of word
The sentiment behind the GSBOUT protests remains.
And with the slogan ‘Support the team, not the regime’ it seems they won’t be going anywhere regardless of West Ham’s success on the pitch in the near future.
Looking at the match objectively Gold has probably called it right.
West Ham were not at their absolute best. But Sheffield United was always going to be a tough test given the Blades’s predicament.
It was very un-West Ham to win that match.
So perhaps Gold should have been more effusive in his praise for a job well done.
On one hand you have to admire Gold for continuing to be active on Twitter despite all the vitriol.
But on the other you have to wonder why he bothers sometimes.
As one West Ham protest banner says ‘Some people create their own storms and then moan when it rains’.