West Ham United fans face a wait to see the much-feted claret carpet installed at the London Stadium.
After a battle with London Stadium operators E20, West Ham finally got their wish to replace the green pitch surround with a claret one.
It was expected to be installed after the Saracens v Harlequins rugby match this weekend (March 23rd).
Drenched in claret… but not yet
That would have seen the stadium drenched in claret in time for the home game against Everton next week.
But Hammers insider ExWHUemployee has claimed on Twitter the carpet has still not arrived and faces a new delay.
Indeed the anonymous Twitter and radio personality even suggested the club will put it off altogether until next season.
ExWHUemployee revealed the news to his 57,000 followers in a post accompanied by a picture of how the stadium will look after the claret carpet is installed.
“Just been updated that the carpet is now unlikely to be in for the Everton game (as originally scheduled) as it hasn’t arrived yet,” ExWHUemployee said.
“They are now looking at the next home game after as there is a gap (as we have a couple of away games).”
Just been updated that the carpet is now unlikely to be in for the Everton game (as originally scheduled) as it hasn’t arrived yet they are now looking at the next home game after as there is a gap (as we have a couple of away games) pic.twitter.com/ohOYlq9w4U
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) March 21, 2019
And when it was put to the reliable source that the club should just wait until next season, he responded: “I would imagine it will eventually come to this.”
The claret carpet conundrum
Some supporters may be disappointed as the image does make the much criticised stadium feel infinitely more ‘West Ham’.
Others feel the whole exercise is a waste of time.
One person who does think it will be a good addition is captain Mark Noble.
The skipper spoke out about the claret pitch surround when he addressed supporters on the official website this week.
Excited Noble will be disappointed
“I believe the 2018/19 season has been a significant and notable turning point for this club,” Noble told whufc.com.
“There is no doubt that huge strides have been made, both on and off the pitch. We have moved forward in a positive direction.
“Off the field, the increase in matchday capacity to 60,000 has added another dimension to the atmosphere. Meanwhile the naming of the Billy Bonds Stand – what a great day that was! And the new pitch surround in our club colours, which will be in place soon, are all things that have helped to grow the affection we feel here.”