David Moyes has called on West Ham United’s owners to copy London rivals Crystal Palace in a bid to improve the much-maligned London Stadium.
West Ham fans are finally seeing real progress on the pitch thanks to Moyes and his players.
The Hammers have just recorded their highest ever Premier League points total, making Europa League group stage football for the first time.
But resentment towards the club’s board still festers over the London Stadium.
Many West Ham fans remain unhappy with London Stadium
West Ham fans remain deeply unhappy with several aspects of the former Olympic Stadium five years after moving to Stratford.
The major bone of contention is the distance from the stands to the pitch.
And it is easy to see why supporters are so upset given what they had at their beloved Upton Park and the vision sold to them on leaving the famous Boleyn Ground.
The stands behind both goals have been squared off in line with more traditional football stadia. But many West Ham fans will not be happy until a there is a major overhaul of the stadium in line with promises made to them on leaving Upton Park.
Moyes calls on West Ham owners to copy Palace to improve London Stadium experience for Hammers fans
Moyes hopes more can be done to improve the experience for fans, though.
And speaking to talkSPORT, the Scot suggested West Ham should look to emulate Crystal Palace by having a dedicated ‘singing section’.
“I think there’s so much room for growth at West Ham, I think it’s a club which can do so much better,” Moyes told White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
“We’re trying to bring everyone together. Whether everyone completely agrees with the new stadium, we have got a 60,000 seated stadium where there’s no viewing restrictions.
“We’ve got a lot of new young supporters. I think it would be good that we try to encourage new young West Ham supporters at the club.
“You know a bit like Palace have got a great singing section it’d be great if we could get something at West Ham for the young supporters of West Ham of the future, that’s my hopes.”
West Ham supporters hate gimmicks but could Moyes be onto something?
Moyes’s comments refer to the decision Crystal Palace took back in 2018 to create a dedicated ‘major singing section’ at Selhurst Park.
It was a move designed to ‘restore the stadium’s raucous reputation’ and effectively saw the club’s Holmesdale Fanatics – a 200-strong group of ‘ultras’ credited with instigating Selhurst’s renowned noise – move to the centre of the Holmesdale Stand.
As a general rule West Ham fans tend to hate gimmicks.
And Hammers fans are perfectly capable of generating a fantastic atmosphere as proved over generations at Upton Park.
But Moyes’s idea may not be the worst in the world. Especially if it brings West Ham’s most vociferous and like-minded supporters together in one place.
Although this could have happened organically had West Ham handled the migration from Upton Park to the London Stadium better in the first place.