West Ham United fans have been protesting against co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold with the club in the thick of a relegation battle.

A growing section of Hammers supporters are calling on the duo to sell up.

The list of grievances is as wide as the gap between the upper and lower tiers at the London Stadium. West Ham’s leased new home is chief among them.

The world and its wife seems to have had its say on West Ham of late.

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West Ham making headlines for all the wrong reasons

It is easy to see why. This is the 18th richest club in world football, boasting the second most season ticket holders in the country behind only Manchester United who were being tipped to mount a challenge for the Champions League spots six games into the campaign.

So where did it all go so wrong? Well long before now according to a man who knows a thing or two about running a football club, Simon Jordan.

The ex Crystal Palace owner – who like Sullivan and Gold ended up owning the club they purport to support – was speaking about West Ham’s issues on talkSPORT recently.

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Jordan pinpoints where Sullivan and Gold got it oh so wrong

And he told Sullivan and Gold they lost the trust of the fans with the way they handled the move from Upton Park to the London Stadium.

“With respect to David Sullivan and David Gold – who aren’t on my Christmas card list – they have backed that football club, whether the people think that they’ve backed it in the way that they should, or whether they think they could do more, there will always be that argument being run by people,” Jordan said on talkSPORT.

“Whether people think that they could have handled the move to the London Stadium better. Yes they probably could.”

 

In another talkSPORT segment on the Hammers, Jordan said the owners made a big mistake by not involving the fans more in the stadium move.

“They made themselves look silly in the past when they’ve said they’re going to spend money and they haven’t,” Jordan added.

“They’ve not managed the relationship with the fans the way they should do because there was a big move to the Olympic Stadium and the fans didn’t like it and they needed to have handled it better.”

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Home is where the heart is

The London Stadium issue isn’t going away anytime soon. West Ham have another 94 years to run on their lease.

Jordan believes that West Ham fans would have less grounds to protest had they been more involved in the move.

Now supporters are revolting and the relationship between the terraces and the boardroom looks beyond repair.

West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio has also been speaking out about the stadium move recently.

Di Canio returned to Upton Park for an Italian TV show for the first time since the famous last game in 2016 and was emotional about what he found.

Read: Paolo Di Canio questions West Ham’s decision to leave Upton Park in emotional Italian TV segment

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