Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has used Tottenham Hotspur to take a swipe at West Ham United.
Moshiri aimed a dig at West Ham during Everton’s
With Everton planning their stadium move Moshiri claimed he wants to be more like Spurs than the Hammers.
That’s despite the embarrassing stadium delays and setbacks which have marred Tottenham’s season with the North Londoners still no clearer on when they will move in.
Talking about the vast amount of money needed to build a new ground, Moshiri said: “We want to do it well but, like Tottenham and Arsenal, we have to build a new stadium,” Moshiri said, as reported by the likes of Liverpool Echo.
‘We’ve not been given a stadium like West Ham’
“But we’ve not been given a stadium like West Ham and Man City.
“We need play a style of football that fills a 62,000 stadium, we need to be bold and take some risks.”
It is not the first time Everton have taken a pop at the Hammers over their move to the London Stadium.
Last year Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright used West Ham’s new home as an example of everything his club wants to avoid in their project.
‘West Ham was the worst experience ever’
The 73-year-old criticised the stadium when asked by a fan during a Q&A section whether the proposed Bramley Moore Dock development would ‘be like West Ham’s’ as reported at the time by West Ham fan’s site Knees Up Mother Brown.
“No – being sat at West Ham was the worst experience ever,” Kenwright said, as reported by KUMB.
While Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady was trumpeting West Ham’s stadium move as “the most successful stadium migration ever” before a ball had even been kicked in the ground back in 2016, the reality was anything but.
Infighting among supporters marred early matches at the ground. There were also problems with segregation and insufficient policing and stewarding.
A perceived lack of the famous intimidating Hammers atmosphere from Upton Park has seen the stadium switch panned by fans and pundits alike with the huge gaps from the stand to the pitch a major bone of contention.
West Ham move traumatic but things are improving
Angry supporter protests spilled onto the pitch last season as the situation came to a head.
But this season things have markedly improved.
West Ham are making a genuine effort to make the stadium feel more ‘West Ham’.
That will continue with the installation of a new claret pitch surround, improved matchday experiences and a fan zone.
West Ham have received permission to increase capacity to 60,000 and eventually 66,000.
It helps that the club have spent some money in the transfer market and appointed a top manager too.
West Ham have improved on the pitch and the fans have responded.