Sky Sports plumbed new depths last night by rather embarrassingly dragging West Ham United back into the relegation picture.
West Ham fans watching Sky Sports’s coverage of Aston Villa vs Arsenal would have witnessed an unashamed attempt to add further spice to the Premier League season finale.
West Ham unofficially safe since Watford win
West Ham unofficially secured safety with a 3-1 win over Watford last time out.
The victory further added to West Ham’s vastly superior goal difference.
But Jones and Sky continually pressed pundits Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards over whether West Ham could still drop.
Although Aston Villa beat Arsenal 1-0 to give themselves hope of avoiding relegation, the reality is it would take an unprecedented freak set of results on the final day to send West Ham down.
A point at Manchester United would make safety official for David Moyes and his side.
Sky’s pathetic attempt to spice up Premier League finale
But Sky kept trying to sell the line that West Ham could suffer a heavy defeat at Old Trafford and find themselves looking over their shoulders.
In reality, though, only a double figure hammering at Man United could drag West Ham anywhere close to the relegation mix on the final day.
Barring that Aston Villa would have to beat West Ham by six or seven goals AND Watford would have to beat Arsenal by a similar scoreline at the same time to reverse the 14-goal swing.
There are fairytales and then stupidity
They say anything can happen in football.
But there are fairytales and then just downright stupidity.
The relegation battle is dramatic enough with Watford, Villa and Bournemouth fighting to avoid filling the two remaining slots.
Sky’s attempts to add West Ham into the mix are nothing short of pathetic.
And neither Redknapp or Richards were taking the bait. Redknapp in particular looked embarrassed by the suggestion.
The son of former Hammers player and manager Harry even went as far as to say Villa had a great chance of survival because they travel to West Ham on the final day with the east Londoners already safe.