West Ham United’s under fire owners have been criticised again this time over the club’s pre-season plans.
On Tuesday West Ham announced plans to travel to Australia in July to play in the inaugural Queensland Champions Cup (whufc.com).
The Hammers will be joined in Australia by fellow Londoners Crystal Palace. There they will play the Eagles and Robbie Fowler’s Brisbane Roar.
But while Palace are all but safe in the Premier League after their weekend victory over Brighton, West Ham are far from it.
West Ham face tense battle for survival
David Moyes’s side have 10 games to secure survival with four wins – or the equivalent 12 points – needed to stay up.
West Ham will play on July 15th and 18th in a land down under. The earliest they would likely return to London would be July 20th.
Should the Hammers survive, they will have a Premier League match on the weekend of August 9th.
But if the Hammers be relegated, they would play their first Championship match on August 2nd.
Hammers announce plans to visit Australia for pre-season
Some West Ham supporters – particularly those based in Australia – are excited by the prospect.
But many are unhappy with the plans and have used it as a rod with which to beat owners David Sullivan, David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady.
Fans took to Twitter to highlight concerns over such a long trip on the eve of a new season, particularly when the club doesn’t even know what division they will be in next term.
Here are a selection of responses to West Ham’s announcement on Twitter.
‘Once again commercial pressures dictate’
See you soon Hammers! COYI.
— Brisbane Hammers (@brisbanehammers) March 4, 2020
I can’t believe it! I spent 18 months living in East London in 2001 and have supported the hammers ever since. I never got to watch a live game at the Boleyn as I made £5 an hour. Now I don’t have to travel back to fulfil my most important bucket list item.
— scott burton (@burto77) March 4, 2020
Nice to know we’re thinking about summer already 😂⚒
— ⚒ESSEX•HAMMER⚒ (@WHULUVA) March 4, 2020
Will buses still be provided for the away fans ⚒🚌
— Rob Ives (@RobIves8) March 4, 2020
You should be concentrating on getting things sorted out now, not what you’ll be doing in sodding July! What is up with you people?
— VinnieM (@VinceMunday) March 4, 2020
All you ‘ammers fans. I’ve seen a Moyes managed team win an actual trophy in Brisbane.
IT CAN HAPPEN!!!!
— Griff (@bolski91) March 4, 2020
West ham admin waving until we are out of the drop zone to post this… pic.twitter.com/aW8FOPgsPX
— Jared fell (@fell_jared) March 4, 2020
— Nick Harvey (@nick_harv) March 4, 2020
‘Concentrate on staying up’
Agree, next season what ever division we are in, we need to be on it, be ready to hit the ground running. Don’t think a long tiring pre-season tour like this will accomplish anything.
— Andrew (@ANDAMA73x) March 4, 2020
Can’t afford it if we’re relegated.
— Mike Smith (@westhamnut44) March 4, 2020
I fear heading to league down under too unless pull socks up!
— david ekers (@DavidEkers) March 4, 2020
Maybe we should be concentrating on staying in the premier league rather than summer holidays 😡
— Charlie Levy ⚒ (@CharlieLevy92) March 4, 2020
Think we need to worry more about the next 10 or so game’s and what league we will be playing in next season rather then pre season
— William Henderson (@William27714204) March 4, 2020
Good work from the board
Take the team far away as possible to avoid any flack from fans pre season.#GSBOUT
— LORDGARY (@LORDGARY5) March 4, 2020
We’re heading to a land down under…
— Forever_Boleyn (@Forever_Boleyn) March 4, 2020
I remember when mid season was meant to be help your local clubs I.e southend, leyton orient now we trecked other side of world to sell a brand. Football is no longer the working mans game its finished.
— sam hardy (@samhardy85) March 4, 2020
That’s it, think about the fans why don’t you?
— 🏴 ⚒ Russell M. P. ⚒ Esq🇬🇧 (@russelthehammer) March 4, 2020
Maybe they are gonna lay on a few 747’s for the Fans….
— Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 (@PW57WHU) March 4, 2020