The old West Ham United died with the Boleyn Ground.
For all intent and purposes, Karren Brady, along with the help of directors David Gold and Sullivan, have all killed West Ham United.
Now, one cannot condone what the fans did against Burnley, but any sane football fan can see that the Hammers lack any direction.
Empty promises, lack of ambition and uninspiring footballing decisions have seen the United club of old torn apart. The only thing united about this former fantastic club is its name.
This season has seen them lurk precariously above the relegation places. Admittedly, there isn’t a lot that the owners can do about on-field matters outside of the transfer windows, however, they promised the fans signings for the future and when they bring in a 36-year-old Patrice Evra, it makes you wonder who is in charge of this?
Even Mr. West Ham, Mark N0ble was caught up in a spot of trouble with a fan who crossed the line and entered the playing field without a member of security in sight. The club is failing to be a club and it isn’t acceptable. The swarm of hundreds of fans around the director’s box was a shocking reality for neutrals of just how bad things are at the club. They don’t want to see their club fail and slip into Championship mediocrity like Leeds United.
In fairness to the board, from a business mentality, the move to the Olympic stadium was far too good an opportunity to pass upon. However, they were never going to be able to recreate the old intimidating atmosphere of Upton Park. Any visiting team used to dread going to the Boleyn Ground, no team traveling to London to face West Ham are in any sort of fear.
The fans need binoculars to take in any action, they are so far from the pitch. The most difficult stadiums to play in are the ones where the fans are literally breathing down a throw-in takers neck, like their old abandoned home.
The success of the East London club is solely based on the fans, the move to the new ground was always going to present problems but in order to move in a positive direction, they need to keep the Old Cockney Boys happy whilst catering for new fans. There are bound to be teething problems but this is what the board are supposed to specialise in and it is not good enough.
There needs to be a change in the directors of the club, this is a club steeped in tradition and loyalty, something that the owners are struggling to get to grips with, particularly the later part.