West Ham United legend Trevor Sinclair and boyhood Hammer Ray Parlour have spoken out about the club’s owners.
Dark clouds have gathered over West Ham once again on the eve of a new season.
West Ham fans have been unhappy with the ownership of David Sullivan and David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady for years.
The move to the London Stadium has not been a success.
Fans are deeply unhappy at the new ground. And four years on supporters feel they have not seen the kind of investment dangled as a carrot to the many who were unsure about leaving their beloved Upton Park.
Fans and players rage as West Ham turns toxic again
There have been a number of high-profile protests against Gold, Sullivan and Brady over the last two years.
And the atmosphere has turned toxic again this summer.
Despite only scraping survival last season, Sullivan and Gold have refused to invest in the squad.
Blaming the global health crisis, they told David Moyes he must sell to buy.
Meanwhile all of West Ham’s Premier League rivals have brought in new signings – many of them spending big.
Indeed some Championship clubs have been spending big too.
When young star Grady Diangana was sold against Moyes’s wishes on Friday (Daily Mail) it sparked a fan and player revolt, led by captain Mark Noble.
One of the big frustrations for West Ham fans is having their grievances understood by the wider football community and media.
Sinclair and Parlour absolutely nail it on West Ham owners and unrest
That was highlighted by criticism of the fanbase from the likes of Jim White and Tony Cascarino.
Now legend Trevor Sinclair and boyhood Hammer Ray Parlour have helped do just that.
Speaking on talkSPORT the former England stars nailed it when explaining why Hammers fans are so angry.
“I think West Ham fans have got every right to be really disappointed with how the last few years have gone at the London Stadium,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.
“He’s (Diangana) a young lad, he’s come through the ranks, he’s been there since he was 12 years old, I think he’s just about ready to really start having it off. Did so well last season for West Brom… England Under 21 player, come through the ranks, homegrown, why would you sell him?
“It’s almost like the final straw. They (West Ham fans) cannot get their head around selling this young man who’s so exciting and for me one of the most exciting young players to come out of the Championship this season. I think he’d ready to go. But then they’re saying that possibly they might be going for Brentford’s Said Benrahma, well he’s £25million. I think I’d rather keep Diangana, who’s 22-years-old, ready to go. His price is only going to go up especially if he gets given the opportunity.
“When we moved to the London Stadium, the owners said within five years we can be challenging for the Premier League and the Champions League (places). And I think they just feel a bit betrayed.”
‘Where’s the money gone?’
Parlour meanwhile questioned why West Ham’s owners are not spending, given they only pay £2.5million a year in rent for the London Stadium (talkSPORT).
“When they did move from Upton Park – and I live in an area where there’s lots of West Ham fans – is that where was the club going then? Parlour said on talkSPORT.
“They should have had a bit more money to spend, they should have gone out and (gone big on) recruitment. I can understand Arsenal when they moved stadiums because they had to pay for the new stadium. And Spurs have probably had a similar problem, they’ve got to pay for their stadium.
“But West Ham haven’t paid nothing for that stadium. They’re paying rent, which is hardly anything. So where’s the money going?
“All West Ham fans want is a chance. That’s why they moved stadiums, that’s what I thought they moved stadiums for.
“They’re getting the TV money, the money they sold Upton Park for I don’t know. But they haven’t seen no real top investment to get them closer to the top six and recruitment you’ve got to look at that as well. That’s not been good enough from West Ham’s point of view.
“There’s so many negative sides of why West Ham have moved from Upton Park and fans, they didn’t want to move but if the club are going to go forward and try and get closer to top six and put a bit of investment in the team, supporters won’t mind that, they won’t mind moving stadiums if the team’s going to get better, but it hasn’t got better has it?”