West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady suggested that the club’s owners are prioritising Premier League survival ahead of success in the FA Cup this season, when writing her regular column for the Sun.
The Hammers are currently in all sorts of trouble. David Moyes’s side sit in 16th spot in the Premier League table, just two points clear of the drop zone.
Things are looking bleak for West Ham, and to make matters worse, they have an incredibly tough fixture list lying ahead of them.
The Hammers face games against Leicester City, Liverpool (twice), Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea in their next 11 fixtures.
West Ham are also through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, and face a home tie against West Bromwich Albion at the end of the month.
Brady told the Sun how the Hammers’ owners would choose Premier League survival over FA Cup success if they had to pick between the two, when writing her regular column for the Sun:
“I was glad to see David Moyes made only three changes for our third-round tie at Gillingham. I’m making no pretence that our board would prefer Wembley Way to firmly in the Prem way. But there should be room in the fixture list to enable managers to pick their best teams.”
Should West Ham go all out for the FA Cup?
There is nothing Hammers fans crave more than a trophy. Of course, remaining in the Premier League is hugely important, because of the financial implications that are associated with being relegated.
It would be interesting to see what percentage of the West Ham fans would swap a 17th place finish for FA Cup success and relegation, however.
The current owners are businessmen first and foremost, however, so it is no surprise that they would prioritise Premier League survival over success in the cup.