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Time to forgive and forget

It’s a new season with new leadership and time to move on

Ipswich Town v West Ham United - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

It hasn’t been easy or even really fun to be a West Ham United fan the past few years. Lackluster performances on the pitch has led to all sorts of trouble for West Ham fans. The negativity surrounding the club threatened to see us fall into the deep abyss that has befallen Sunderland and Wigan.

Sunderland v Burton Albion - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Think about it, with how much negativity was surrounding the squad, stadium, manager, ownership, and even fellow fans, it’s hard to see West Ham being able to pull out of a nose dive like we did in 2011. Seriously, it was that bad where I think relegation would have doomed the club for a decade or longer.

A new season is on the horizon with new leadership and a renewed sense of optimism around the club. I think it’s the perfect time for West Ham fans to forgive past mistakes and move on into what appears to be a bright future.

Ipswich Town v West Ham United - Pre-Season Friendly
Let’s bring a new passion for the club! Just like our new £50 million man!
Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

The final season at Upton Park was magical and one that we will never forget but even with the superb play of a certain french snake, cracks were forming within the fanbase. Many were upset about leaving Upton Park and while the results kept those feelings down a bit the hurt was still there. I get it, I really do, leaving a place with such history and meaning was never going to be easy. My mom selling our childhood home wasn’t easy for me but deep down I knew it was what was right. The same with leaving Upton Park, it hurt, but I knew it was the right move and would be a building block to getting to the next level.

After two seasons of terrible football under Slaven Bilic and David Moyes the atmosphere inside and outside the stadium was toxic. Part of it is unrealistic expectations by fans and part of it was under-delivering by ownership. Both parties are to blame for the terrible past two seasons.

All that can be forgotten now. The era of a West Ham Director of Football is here. David Sullivan is no longer pulling the strings when it comes to transfers. Manuel Pellegrini has revamped our squad with flair, pace, youth, and talent. We’re deeper than we’ve been in years and more talented than ever!

Preseason has shown great promise and the football is already more attractive. Things are looking up at West Ham. We’ve got a young talented squad, David Sullivan is no longer making transfer decisions, and we have a new Director of Football. If ever there was a time for Hammers fans to put aside their negativity now is the time.

So how about it? David Sullivan you are forgiven for the mistakes of the past, let them be a learning experience. There is a new slate for us to write a new history at this wonderful football club.