It was not so long ago West Ham United’s training facilities were being ridiculed, but now it seems they are very much in vogue.

West Ham switched to Rush Green from Chadwell Heath a couple of years ago.

But fans have been less than impressed with what they have seen since.

While their Premier League rivals boast top class, multi-million pound training centres, West Ham’s has been ridiculed by supporters.

Over the last couple of season various images have emerged online leaving people less than impressed.

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Hammers facilities the subject of ridicule

Some showing astroturf laid in hallways for training exercises and an infamous image of towels blocking out the sun in windows.

Fans have felt the pitches at the Rush Green were to blame for the club’s seemingly perennial injury crisis.

Back in December West Ham-supporting talkSPORT reporter Ian Abrahams caused a stir 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. And Abrahams later deleted the post.

Portakabin units have become a symbol of West Ham’s training ground facilities.

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West Ham’s much-criticised facilities become vogue in Premier League

But now they are rather ironically in vogue in the Premier League as a result of the global health crisis.

According to The Mirror, Prem clubs will be asked to use Portakabins for players at training grounds and stadiums as part of new safety protocols.

“Premier League stars may have to get changed in Portakabins as part of new safety protocols,” The Mirror claims.

“The new safety measures are being discussed this week and will be presented at Thursday’s Premier League meeting.

“But there are concerns about whether some grounds will meet with social distancing guidelines… Premier League clubs will be told they will have to bring their stadiums in to line with new Government advice so the authorities can deem them fit to be used.

“It would be a world away from the modern luxury pampered Premier League stars are used to with new state-of-the-art dressing rooms.”

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Hammers stars already adapted to Prem’s ‘new normal’

Well it won’t be a ‘world away’ for West Ham’s players.

They are very much used to using Portkabins on a regular basis at Rush Green and previously at Chadwell Heath.

Social distancing measures are expected to remain in place for some time.

So Portakabins and the like will become the new normal for most clubs for the foreseeable future.

At West Ham it has always been the norm.

Some cynical West Ham fans would suggest owners David Sullivan, David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady will be keen to take credit for being ahead of the curve.

But jokes aside everyone will be hoping the use of Portakabins will be a temporary measure as that will mean the global health crisis will have eased.

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