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We need to stick together

When it rains it pours. that seems to be the current feeling at West Ham United

The Hammers who have gone from a club that was full of high spirits and on the up to one that cannot wait to have a pop at one another at the first opportunity. Where is the togetherness? Where is the unity that has given the fans an identity over the years? It is bad enough that segregation and policing issues have led to trouble in the stands of our new ground, but when you see Hammers fans fighting one another, you know something has gone drastically wrong. That side of affairs has nothing to do with football and has no place in any football ground, but it just feels like people cannot wait to have a pop at West Ham if the major over-reaction to Karen Brady’s comments about the “culture” of the club are anything to go by. Perhaps she could have chosen her words more carefully, but I find it ironic that the media chose to completely disregard the many positive things she said at the Leaders Sports Business Summit at Stamford Bridge, such as outlining their ambitious strategy to take the club forward and how its identity and loyal fan base are crucial to West Ham moving forward, and instead decide to kick a wounded animal. It is any wonder that the toxic atmosphere has had a massive impact on the pitch?

Five games without a win is no laughing matter, especially as the home draw with Middlesbrough before the international break was our only point from a possible fifteen on offer. It is little wonder that our relegation odds with Coral in the latest Premier League betting market have dropped significantly since the start of the season; confidence amongst the ranks is clearly shot compared to last season, and we cannot keep relying on Dimitri Payet to pull us out of the holes that we put ourselves in through poor defending. The team needs us to get behind them more than ever; we have to accept that there will be teething problems at first in settling into new surroundings for both the players and fans, especially the latter who made the Boleyn Ground an intimidating place to come to, but getting on the team’s back helps nobody. Those who choose to beat the club with a stick at the first opportunity may also want to reassess their priorities and think about the bigger picture. The owners are working on addressing the stadium issues, but surely it is not difficult to see that moving to the Olympic Stadium was part of their long-term vision for a club they care about. Birmingham was a business venture; West Ham is where their true heart lies. Sullivan and Gold are hardly going to make decisions that tarnish the football club or its reputation, and anyone who tells you otherwise needs to remember where the club once were.

Moving the club forward can only be a positive thing for everyone connected with West Ham, and while the stewarding/policing/segregation needs to be ironed out in order to protect the safety of the fans, the positivity needs to return. If truth be told, we look more like a struggling mid-table team than one that we, along with Coral and numerous other bookmakers, believed was going to challenge for at least a top six finish to continue the upward curve, but to be in pole position by Boxing Day for a shot at bringing European football back to the club, big improvements need to be made on the pitch and within the attitude of fans. I can understand that some get frustrated when the team are not playing well, but Slaven Bilic certainly deserves our support – and so do the team for that matter. There is plenty to work on at the training ground, and perhaps the international break will do us the world of good, even if a number of players are on international duty with their respective countries. It may also give Bilic, who has looked as perplexed as anyone at our poor start to the campaign, chance to clear his mind and formulate a plan to get West Ham back on track.

I believe it is too early to start panicking, especially just seven games into a new season, but although the performance against Middlesbrough was a slight improvement, we need to be a lot better. The upcoming fixtures against Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Everton present a real test for Bilic and the players – there are certainly no easy games in the Premier League, but we need to see a big reaction in order to believe that the team can finish around the top six again. We, as fans, need to get off the backs of Brady, the owners and the players and show our support in the right way – by remaining positive over the long-term future of the club and giving the team the confidence to make amends with positive performances and results to take us up the table.

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