What does David Sullivan, David Gold, Karren Brady, Slaven Bilic, Mark Noble, Winston Reid, Chicharito, Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic all have in common? West Ham United.
But of those people, who have been the ones to continuously lie to us, say one thing, but do another and downright alienate West Ham fans? Karren Brady.
Remember a couple of years ago when she told all of us West Ham fans that the Club would take priority of the London Stadium over athletics and concerts and whatnot? Remember how good that made us all feel? Skip ahead to now and we’re down on our luck, three losses after three games, and already, some fans begin planning for those trips to Burton Away next season as we slum it in the Championship.
While I respect her ideas and do have a slight amount of respect for Ms Brady, I don’t respect what she, and the two Daves, have done in terms of transfers. Yes, the signings of Hart, Zabaleta, Arnautovic and Hernandez have significantly bolstered positions which needed reinforcing, they’re no use if they’re played out of position. Cue Slaven Bilic, stage left.
Slaven Bilic was blasted fair and square by West Ham loanee Robert Snodgrass in his first official interview since joining Aston Villa on loan. According to the Scotsman, Slaven Bilic has played the 29-year old out of position since joining West Ham back in January and has often asked where he’d like to play when bringing Snodgrass on the field as a substitute.
Snodgrass, who has admitted he prefers to play in behind the striker, also had a lethal set piece ability in which he could whip those corners and free kicks in when need be. Has he done anything of the sort since joining West Ham though? Unfortunately not. It’s unlikely we’ll see him pull on a Claret and Blue shirt for West Ham next season after this interview, however he is speaking some sense.
Take our Mexican pace-man (“...down at West Ham, Hernandez Hernandez...”) for example. You’d think Slaven Bilic would alter his formation to accommodate Chicharito and his size, right? Nope. Standard 4-2-3-1 formation has been how he’s played the team and unfortunately, Hernandez has been the lone striker. No second striker to help him, just the Little Pea up top on his own.
In my mind, Slaven should’ve immediately tried another formation to accommodate Javier Hernandez, something like a 3-5-2 or the classic 4-4-1-1, or the daring 4-4-2 formations, however he’s not done this which could be considered half the reason why we’re lacking goals this season. Slaven Bilic exit, stage left.
My gosh, who on Earth could we possibly target next? Could we please have the two Dave's up on stage? Oh, they haven’t paid to get in...? Seems to be a bit of a trend here.
Okay, I’ll be nice to them for a second here. They have done a brilliant job in clearing some of the debts West Ham United have gathered in the last couple of years, however what about the players and the squad?
David Gold has hilariously kept Twitter fans up all night as the Club prepare to unveil new players with his “Go to bed” tweet.
However, both of the Dave’s do need to put their hands up and accept they have to do more in this changing world of Football Ownership. Splashing 7-million pounds for an average player who hasn’t even been tested in the Premier League is not an option West Ham have if we want to remain a Premier League club.
For the club to remain a top flight club, these two have two options open to them.
- Invest more money for transfers of players, or;
- They can simply sell-up and leave.
To be clear, there are still a lot more people here we could talk about, but these four are the ones who need to realize we’re not happy fans at all. This is on their shoulders and they need to see the more we revolt, the more they lose our support.
So, to answer the initial question of ‘How could it have come to this...?’ Well, it’s simple. Have two people who’ve come from the Adult industry take over a Football Club, hire someone with a one-track mind for branding and money, then hire a somewhat questionable manager to oversee things at the club.
West Ham United. Laughing stock of the Premier League. It’s enough to bring you to tears, isn’t it?