West Ham United’s owners have been left with nowhere to hide by recent performances and the dour defeat to Everton.
The divisive owners earned a reprieve from Hammers fans last summer when they finally put their money where their mouth is.
First David Sullivan and David Gold appointed title-winning boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Then they backed him with an unprecedented £100million spend.
It was the kind of transfer business supporters had been promised after moving from their beloved Upton Park to the London Stadium.
Dismal Everton display highlights West Ham problems
Failure to deliver anything like it – and a myriad of other grievances – prompted angry protests a year ago.
The appointment of Pellegrini and the summer splurge has resulted in a much more comfortable season for West Ham.
But a rank inconsistency, the usual glut of injuries and questionable attitude have held the Hammers back.
And West Ham were at their very worst against Everton on Saturday.
A pathetic, meek performance on and off the ball was dubbed the worst of his tenure by Pellegrini.
That is saying something as there have been a fair few to choose from.
What it also served to highlight was just how much work still needs to be done improving the team and squad this summer.
Paltry budget would be laughable
So if recent reports that Sullivan and Gold have given Pellegrini a paltry £25million transfer budget the duo are living in cloud cuckoo land.
West Ham insider EXWHUemployee confirmed the rumours. The anonymous Twitter and radio personality claims that is the case with player sales needed to generate any further funds.
I said this on the show but it then includes any player sales on top! Final league position also changes it a bit too
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) March 7, 2019
That amount doesn’t even get you a decent fullback in the modern game let alone a striker. And West Ham might need three of them.
The two Davids are delusional if they believe that is anything like enough.
Of course it could all be a ruse to protect West Ham from inflated prices when bidding for players.
Fan mistrust still festering
But West Ham fans have been here before all too often.
And there is still a mistrust between large sections of the fanbase and the owners.
Spend well again this summer and they might win over some of the doubters.
Follow through on the reported £25m budget and it will be a different story altogether.