According to a report from the Daily Mail, the West Ham players, particularly the club’s highest earners, are set to have their wages cut in half if they suffer relegation this season.
The Hammers are currently sitting in a perilous position. They are in 18th spot in the Premier League table, one point adrift of safety, and have taken just five points from a possible 18 since David Moyes replaced Manuel Pellegrini.
West Ham are a great football club steeped in tradition with an extremely large and loyal fanbase.
But their loyalty is being truly tested this season.
Moyes’s side have been very poor in recent games. They seem to lack any kind of identity and there are clearly not enough players who truly care about the club’s current situation.
And the Daily Mail claims that if West Ham do in fact go down, it could spark a mass exodus at the London Stadium, with most players set to receive a 50% wage cut.
With games against Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Wolves and Chelsea to come in their next seven, things are looking bleak.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however. West Ham performed a miracle escape back in 2007 when they looked destined for relegation.
The club, and more importantly the players, need to channel the belief, passion and fight that the team showed 13 years ago.
It is going to be a massive ask, but the Hammers have the players capable of picking up the results needed to climb the table.