Why all associated with West Ham need to be on the same page this Season

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Written by Robbie Slater

West Ham United has been a club in turmoil since their move to from their previous home, Upton Park, to the London Stadium – essentially the abandoned home of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

False promises, soul testing corporate moves leaving fans feeling ignored by owners David Gold and David Sullivan, and poor results on the pitch, has resulted in a damaging atmosphere around the club. Hammers fans, put simply, have had enough and want to see results improve immediately and the ‘dream move’ away from Upton Park to the London Stadium start to take shape.

After a struggling Premier League campaign last season which saw West Ham finish in 13th position, just 9pts off relegation, big questions that were asked then need to be answered in the summer now, and beyond, under new manager Manuel Pellegrini. At one stage, before David Moyes’ arrival in November of last year, West Ham were in the relegation zone and staring Championship football this season square in the face. Thankfully, Moyes just about delivered but not in an exciting, season-saving manner – which is ultimately the reason he departed the club, no doubt.

Now, under new management and someone in Pellegrini who knows the Premier League and has the ability to attract the big named signings West Ham fans have been endlessly promised, things could be turning a corner at the club. Of course, the current owners are still in place and the relationship between them and Hammers fans shows no sign of improvement, but in the former Manchester City boss West Ham have a man who has won England’s top flight and knows how to build a successful team. Hope provided, perhaps

Promising signs are continuing this summer also as West Ham look to bolster their squad. The Hammers have already been busy in pre-season, bringing in Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop and Jack Wilshere so far. A number of players have been linked very strongly with the club also, including Andriy Yarmolenko, as the Chilean looks to make his mark and take the club to the next level – a level he will no doubt be striving to reach.

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What exactly is ‘the next level’, you may ask? Well, in the future, the club will surely be aiming for a sustained top 6 finish in the Premier League and to fulfil the potential their 60,000 seated stadium shows. A top 6 finish is probably unlikely this campaign though, judging by odds of 20/1 (bet365) on offer but Pellegrini is certainly a manager who knows how to get there.

West Ham are priced at 3/2 (Sky Bet) to finish in the top 10, and you can work out your profits with this easy to use free bet calculator. Relegation, which is impossible to write off after last season’s turn of events, is priced at 6/1 by bet365. Every scenario is likely until we see Pellegrini’s new-look Hammers in action, that’s for sure.

In what promises to be a season full of ups and downs, it is vital that the events we saw last season do not boil over once again at the London Stadium. West Ham’s future depends on it and in Manuel Pellegrini a slight glimmer of hope has been provided. Should things run smoothly, with fans firmly onside and backing the manager – something David Moyes didn’t really get throughout his stint in charge, West Ham United could be on a positive path once again. The tide seems to be turning at the Hammers and with slow and steady progress expected under Pellegrini, the club could reach its clear potential in the not too distant future.

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  • Paul Miller
    18th July 2018 at 12:42 am

    “Of course, the current owners are still in place and the relationship between them and Hammers fans shows no sign of improvement”

    Although this was published on 17th July, it reads as though it was written a lot earlier before the Yarmolenko signing was confirmed (let alone Balbuena and Anderson) so it’s probably understandable that it might have misjudged the fans’ feelings towards our owners.

    A recent poll with 15,488 votes showed that only 8% of respondents feel negatively towards the board. We can argue all day about how representative such a poll might be of ALL WHUFC fans but surely this is a big sign that the relationship between fans and owners has turned a significant corner.