West Ham are bang in trouble at the moment. We are currently deeply entrenched in a relegation battle.
And with some incredibly tough games on the horizon, the outlook is rather bleak.
There are plenty of issues on the pitch that David Moyes needs to address, and fast.
But it is the off-field problems that are perhaps the more serious out of the two. The disconnect between the board and the fans has never been greater.
Hammers fans in revolt
The West Ham faithful are fed up with the manner in which their club is being run, and rightly so.
They have been lied to time and time again. Promises have failed to be fulfilled, and the Hammers fans want Sullivan and Gold to either sell up or drastically change the way in which they operate.
A real problem is that a band of ex players really don’t seem to get why the West Ham fans are so frustrated.
Steve Lomas told the Sun last week that the fans need to get behind the board:
“Always be careful what you wish for. I’m sure David Gold and David Sullivan will admit they’ve made mistakes but I don’t think it’s out of malice. They don’t want the club struggling and anybody who thinks they do is an idiot.”
And Lomas wasn’t the only one
Paul Konchesky shared a similar message, when speaking to talkSPORT:
“West Ham is a passionate club. At the moment, the fans are obviously struggling, they’re not doing too great in the league and the owners are always going to get it. We know when they left Upton Park the fans said it wasn’t a good thing from the owners, and now that they’re struggling in the Premier League in the new stadium, the fans are going to have a go for the owners. But they need to get behind them. They’re at West Ham and they’ve put their money in, so we need to back everyone.”
Tony Gale is another one who has been urging the fans to stop with their protests, as quoted by the Sun:
“The away end is where you feel the vibe and get the real sense of what fans are thinking. I understand their frustrations but I can also see the adverse effect it has on the team. I played when the whole bond scheme drama was going on in the early 1990s. There were boos, we were aware of things going on in the crowd. Going back to that won’t help. And we can’t have a repeat of what happened in the infamous Burnley game.”
Some West Ham fans are not happy with being told how to support their club.
We support the team…not the regime. That’s the sentiment that has been echoing from the club’s fanbase in recent weeks and months.
And some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to the recent pleas from some of their ex-players…
I’m a tad fed up with ex players telling me to get behind the team.
What do they think I’ve been doing for the ast 50 years?
I would never protest during a game and all the evidence suggests I’m in the majority.
— Dave Rice (@ricey63) February 14, 2020
How about some of the current players getting behind the fans for a change and actually putting a shift in
— Dave Franklin (@david_franklin8) February 14, 2020
absolutely spot on, i’m absolutely sick of hearing ex players with coming out with the same old rhetoric. drop me out
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) February 14, 2020
Especially when 99% of former players were just employees of the club for a period of time. Not fans but employees. They might have enjoyed their time at whu. But its not in their blood
— michael jones (@apl63) February 14, 2020
Orchestrated PR on the PL owners favourite talkshow @JimWhite and @LeeClayton_ the hammer. Nevin saying the players are buzzing on the West Ham website and @konch3 saying it’s affecting them. Make their minds up. Sad that they resort to this. I’ll support the team not the regime
— HammerKev (@TiggerWHU) February 14, 2020
Here before them and still here after them.
— ⚒ Danny Boi ⚒ (@Danez_D) February 14, 2020
And the tweets kept coming…
Well said. A few are employed by the club. Filling the ground every home game is getting behind team.
— Steve ⚒ (@StevehJack9) February 14, 2020
Well said @ricey63 . How many of them were even born when thee and me started supporting!
— Christopher Taylor (@christaylor103) February 14, 2020
The problem is “getting behind the team” and perpetuating GSB ownership is intertwined. It is difficult to do the first without contributing to the second. They are not mutually exclusive.
— Ken Soper (@ksoper100) February 14, 2020
— Fazzamania (@fazzamania) February 14, 2020