Do West Ham badly need a change of ownership?

Do West Ham badly need a change of ownership?

David Moyes has a massive task on his hands down at West Ham United. The club’s new manager has looked lost at times this season, whilst his players have dramatically underperformed on far too many separate occasions.


The former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss is yet to pick up his first three points at the London Stadium, meaning West Ham will likely face a hard-fought relegation dog-fight throughout the rest of the upcoming league campaign.



Maybe Moyes simply isn’t good enough to lead the Hammers away from their current predicament. But then again, perhaps there are greater forces at play here. Forces that go above and beyond the limited jurisdiction of the club’s recently appointed manager…



David Sullivan took control of West Ham United alongside long-term business partner, David Gold, in the winter of 2010. Since then, the Hammers have been immediately relegated, subsequently promoted at the first time of asking, precariously re-established among the English top-flight, moved away from their treasured home at Upton Park, and reluctantly trundled into their new residency at the London Stadium.


Most Hammers fans remain dissatisfied with the club’s new rented arena, whilst an even larger number have seemingly turned against the board. The West Ham community feel they have been subjected to too many false promises from the chairmen. If their team were to be relegated come the end of the season, it could be absolutely disastrous for the long-term ambitions of their football club.



Sullivan is responsible for much of the current sense of disarray taking place at West Ham. His misleading antics in the transfer market have disgruntled fans, players and fellow chairmen alike in recent windows, whilst the West Ham supporters have been left to question just where all the supposed money happens to be residing.


Whilst the current West Ham hierarchy have been repeatedly breaking the club’s record transfer fee with every passing window in recent years, there is an increasing feeling that there are indeed more resources available, and that the Hammers money-men are sourcing so-called ‘big names’ as opposed to carefully selected transfer targets.



Marko Arnautovic and Andre Ayew represent two recognised international assets who could viably operate among certain Premier League squads, but do they serve as good value for money with a combined cost of over £44 million? Seemingly not…


Sullivan has also been criticised for being too keen to speak to the press. His words have shamelessly undermined those working under his ownership on countless previous occasions, leaving some fans to doubt his self-imposed status as a genuine fan of their football club.



Did David Sullivan and his backroom team opt to move to London’s Olympic Stadium in an attempt to propel West Ham into the bright lights of trophy winning football? Or was it all just a big sham, a list of wobbly promises and empty statements intended to raise the value of the football club, with Sullivan himself left to count the lion’s share of the profits?


They say be careful what you wish for. Better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t – but all is clearly not well down at the London Stadium. There may be a new scheme in place at West Ham United, but it remains to be seen if the chairman have selected a successful plan of action this time around.



If an abrupt change in attitude doesn’t suddenly take place behind the scenes at the London Stadium, Sullivan is in danger of turning his club into something of a tragic joke…


…an outcome that will begin to feel all too real for the Hammers, if their club is indeed relegated come the end of the season.

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