West Ham’s owners have been absolutely savaged over transfers and a lack of ambition by a prominent fan group.
West Ham fans are still rueing a lack of activity in the January transfer window as the Hammers missed out on a golden opportunity to win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League.
David Moyes’s shallow squad was over-stretched in the same old places as a lack of options – particularly up front – saw West Ham fall short.
And Moyes let his players – and perhaps more accurately the owners – know it with that final day rant after the 3-1 defeat at Brighton in which he warned he may need to make big changes this summer.
The arrival of Czech billionaire investor Daniel Kretinsky as West Ham’s second biggest stakeholder back in November proved a huge anti-climax when it came to the January window.
Especially after the club were linked with a host of signings and supposed bids for players only to end up with nothing.
Now all eyes are on Kretinsky and fellow co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold with Moyes having publicly stated on several occasions he needs to be backed in the summer window to overhaul his West Ham squad.
The likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle promise to be a serious threat to West Ham’s challenge for the European spots next season.
Villa have already signed three top quality players while Newcastle are on the verge of completing a deal for West Ham target Hugo Ekitike.
The summer window does not officially open until next week. But stories have been emerging claiming Moyes is not interested in spending big to sign a quality striker – the area many fans feel should be his top priority.
Now the West Ham owners have been absolutely savaged over transfers and a lack of ambition by prominent fan group Hammers United.
In a new missive to supporters, Hammers United – the fan group behind the GSB OUT movement – has called out Sullivan, Gold and Kretinsky for failing to seize a golden opportunity.
And the group has also questioned whether they ever really intend to show the true ambition needed to capitalise on the brilliant job Moyes is doing and make West Ham European regulars.
“We have had two great seasons and with investment from more ambitious owners, we might well have made the Champions League and even won a trophy,” Hammers United said in a statement to fans.
“Once again this has happened on GSB’s watch.
“While the ramifications of failing to strengthen the squad, again, are being felt right now, what of the future? Or is the future that GSB envisage wrapped up in crisp pound notes, as they plan to cash in on the sale of the club.
“We have some excellent, ambitious players, hungry for success. We need to hang on to them as bigger and far more successful clubs continue to tempt them away. Are our chances of keeping these players improved by our performances in the transfer market?
“Have we demonstrated that we are a club that can genuinely deliver the opportunity for success that these players quite rightly yearn for?
“Will our strategy for building on our relative success translate into genuine success of a kind these players crave? Do we even have a strategy?
“We still have no director of football which was promised. We hear Simon Jordan’s claims that West Ham make ‘phantom’ bids on players which have zero chance of succeeding for no reason other than to create an illusion of ambition. David Sullivan claims he bid £50 million for Phillips at Leeds, yet Leeds say no bid was made.
“Whatever the truth may be in this particular instance, the fact remains that this is not the first time questions have been raised in regard to West Ham’s transfer dealings. Is this any way to demonstrate to our best players that their career ambitions will be realised at West Ham?
“While our supporters will forever remain loyal to West Ham United and the players that pull on the shirt, we urge those in charge of our great club to stop taking our loyalty for granted and show genuine ambition in the next transfer window.
“It is their responsibility to live up to the promises they made. They must do everything within their power to ensure our hopes and dreams come true and don’t “fade and die” once again.”
West Ham have been linked with a plethora of players already ahead of the window opening on June 10th.
At least six or seven quality signings are needed.
And getting rumoured deals for Alphonse Areola, Nayef Aguerd and Jesse Lingard over the line would be a great way to start.