Fans have been reacting after London Mayor Sadiq Khan praised West Ham United on social media.
West Ham announced that the club had achieved the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard, becoming the first Premier League team to be awarded the status (whufc.com).
The award is recognition of West Ham’s commitment to its staff and providing the best possible working conditions.
West Ham have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons this season.
West Ham in crisis on and off the pitch
On and off the pitch the Hammers are in crisis.
Mired in the relegation battle, fans are protesting against owners David Sullivan, David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.
West Ham’s owners have been criticised by the national media as a result.
And the club itself has admitted staying up is a ‘necessity’ to stave off financial problems (BBC Sport).
London Mayor salutes West Ham
There was a rare snippet of positive news about the East London club this weekend, though, when London Mayor Sadiq Khan delivered some high praise about the accreditation.
“Congratulations to West Ham, who are the first football club to become a Good Work Standard employer, showing their commitment to the best employment practices,” Khan said on Twitter.
“I’m calling on all London’s clubs to do the same. Start today.”
West Ham fans, famous for their terrace wit and self-deprecation, wasted little time jumping on the message, though.
High praise backfires on West Ham owners
Here are a selection of reactions to Khan’s post from some fans.
Can we have a bonus of 20 league points please for being so good? 👍⚒⚒⚒
— Kevin (@kevin_lock1) February 22, 2020
3 points would be a bonus at the moment mate 😂
— Marsurv Marine Surveys (@theboatsurveyor) February 22, 2020
Shame it doesn’t extend to the team……
— Michael Noding (@GKNoddy) February 22, 2020
Shame they don’t look after their fans the same
— Mark Still (@still1872) February 22, 2020
Shame they can’t reproduce that on the pitch!
— Funky Claude (@claude_funky) February 22, 2020
— Dildo Brother (@BrotherDildo) February 22, 2020
— IMRANO © ⚒ (@1mrano) February 22, 2020
Good work 🤔I don’t see any of that on the athletic stadium field or way from home for that matter! ⚒⚒
— March on Parliament (@edmundsnick) February 22, 2020
— Nick Hatcher (@HatcherNick) February 22, 2020
@karren_brady must have learnt from the way they treated Avram Grant, asking him to walk home from the game after he was sacked by them when we got relegated 🤔
— gary harker (@gazzaharker) February 22, 2020
Just need a decent team now 😁😁 surely this is a wind up
— John Roberts (@JohnRob26145882) February 22, 2020
Good work Standard …. hasn’t been on the pitch for sure!
— Steve Davis (@RUsureIsaidthat) February 22, 2020
It’s a shame those who are responsible for this didn’t sign up pic.twitter.com/ldoroaGMkE
— mikejoyce (@hammersmikey) February 22, 2020
🎶Good Work Standard, you’ll never win that 🎶. Can’t wait to hear us sing that next Saturday…. FFS
— Michael (@mjadams73) February 22, 2020
Can we claim to be top of the league????? #Champions
— Harry Sacks⚒ (@SacksHarry) February 22, 2020