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Under fire West Ham owners call on fans to unite and focus on survival amid protests
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Under fire West Ham owners call on fans to unite and focus on survival amid protests

Under fire West Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold have made a plea to protesting fans.

A large section of West Ham fans have been calling for the duo to sell up.

Supporters are deeply unhappy with the way the club has been run during their 10-year tenure.

A group of disaffected supporters named Hammers United have staged protests at the Everton and  Liverpool games.

And another is planned before this Saturday’s crucial home clash against Southampton.

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West Ham fans continue to protest against owners

Ahead of last night’s defeat to Liverpool the owners announced they had cancelled a proposed meeting with the Official Supporters’ Board (whufc.com).

The postponement is to allow the implementation of the new supporter representation election process.

In a statement on the club’s official website, West Ham made it clear the owners were still keen to meet with fans and answer their questions.

But the duo used it as a chance to implore West Ham fans to focus all their efforts on survival.

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Sullivan and Gold cancel meeting but call for fans to unite

“The chairmen and vice-chair remain committed to continued engagement with supporters and will attend the meetings, as they have done in the past, and will answer all questions put to them,” the statement said on whufc.com.

“Climbing the Premier League table is the club’s sole focus and we would ask for everyone to unite at this important time.

“The club hope that these positive changes will mean all supporters can come together for a transparent and open exchange of views so that we can all pull together in the best interests of West Ham United.”

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Protesting fans ARE behind the team

Our View: The inference that protesting West Ham fans are somehow not supporting their team is insulting.

There is a suggestion that the Hammers faithful are having a negative impact on the side as they battle to stay up.

But the protests during the game at Liverpool did not stop supporters from getting behind the players. And it certainly didn’t seem to affect the players who put in their best display for some time.

That seemed lost on commentators with the likes of Martin Tyler insinuating the protests were not helping the team.

Any attempts to shift blame onto West Ham fans for the club’s predicament this season are futile.

West Ham fans are one of the only consistent and positive things about the club right now.