West Ham United are making a habit of putting their foot in it this season.

The Hammers have enjoyed a more comfortable campaign under Manuel Pellegrini following a £100million spend.

A major disappointment for fans this term was West Ham’s embarrassing exit from the most wide open FA Cup in recent memory.

The Hammers were beaten 4-2 at League Two bound AFC Wimbledon.

If that wasn’t bad enough it meant Manuel Pellegrini’s side missed out on a fifth round tie against bitter rivals Millwall.

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Adding insult to injury

What followed that game just added insult to injury.

Clearly expecting to make it past AFC Wimbledon – and rightly so – West Ham posted an announcement that wantaway striker Marko Arnautovic had signed an improved contract.

The poorly timed announcement was savaged by fans and media alike (The Express).

It also backfired on Arnautovic who was criticised by supporters who feel he engineered the China situation to get more money out of the Hammers.

West Ham have somehow managed to eclipse that faux pas, though.

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Hammers announcement backfires spectacularly

On Tuesday, in the wake of a dismal 2-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Cardiff City, the Hammers delivered the news that season ticket prices are being hiked up.

Not only that but fans now have less time to renew with the deadline (previously May 31st) now set to May 17th.

Had West Ham made the announcement a week earlier, following the win over Newcastle, it may have been better received.

But Pellegrini’s side barely registered a shot in a dreadful defeat to a team that has conceded nearly 60 goals this season.

Just as the London Stadium was starting to feel a bit more like home the club has risked major fan unrest a year on from protests to drive the owners out.

West Ham posted the announcement on Twitter telling fans: “We’re building something special, but we can’t do it without you. Season ticket renewals are now OPEN.”

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And they were universally lambasted by angry supporters.

Many fans directed their fury directly at co-owner David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady saying they felt ‘shafted’.


Here are a selection of responses.


‘You’ve gone and ruined it all’

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