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Not so happy Hammers

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It’s all gone a bit sour at West Ham. Although their arrival was heralded, already the fans relationship with the new owners had soured, and Sullivan today has written an open letter to try and get the fans to rally around the team.

I’m pretty sure Hammers fans will be fed up of the column inches though. If its not discontent between fans and owners, its owners friction with the manager and giving the dreaded vote of confidence, or talk of an Olympic stadium which seems like an attempt at PR to try and divert attention from the real problems at the club.

West Ham currently lie 3 points above the relegation zone in 17th and face the very real possibility of going down, especially since their loss at home to Wolves.

When Sullivan and the Golds bought the club, they publically declared that the club had debts of around £110 million, and they would need to cut spending dramatically to secure the future of the club. Relegation would be simply devastating for the club. The loss of television money for the club would be a massive blow, but there would also be a fire sale at Upton Park, and the prospect of having to rebuild the squad on a shoe string budget.

Are West Ham too good to go down? Far from it. Although they have fantastic players such as Carlton Cole and Matthew Upson, the club just haven’t been performing and picking up points when it matters. When West Ham had their relegation confirmed in May 2003 against Birmingham, their team list for the day included Defore, Di Canio and Kanoute, yet they still sunk into what was Division 1.

Although the new owners may have seemed to be the knights in shining armour, it seems up close they are nothing more than rusty paladins. They talk the talk, but have managed to upset the fans and management in record time. When times are hard, clubs need to rally around the team and really become that 12th man. Sending out an email, which is put forward as a message to reach out to fans, is nothing more than a selling effort with the link to buy Stoke City tickets. As a Birmingham City fan, these ploys don’t really suprise me as it was exactly what we were subjected to in the last few years of their ownership, including daft ideas about clapperboards and the like. He likes to talk about team support and rallying around when it comes with a link to buy something at the end.

West Ham United are in a dire state, I’m not sure anyone can ignore that. Focussing on the players and the football is the way forward, not PR spin on the website or in the press. Column inches will not add to Premier League points.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

March 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm

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