“Be careful what you wish for” has always been a saying I never really understood, until I watched West Ham lose 3-0 to Southampton in the new Olympic stadium. I believe to really understand how much of a mess the East London club are in right now, you must look back at the mini crisis the club had just six years ago and how they recovered.
On May 15th 2011 with Avram Grant as manager, West Ham were relegated to the Football championship after a 3-2 defeat to Wigan. West Ham lead the game 2-0 at half time but, Roberto Martinez men fought back to relegate hammers. A spectacular loss like this would have been the end of a lot of clubs. Leeds, Charlton and the aforementioned Wigan all realize how hard to hard it is to get straight back up.
On June 1st 2011, West Ham appointed Sam Allardyce (who you can read about more here)as there manager. Big Sam wasted no time solidifying the club and gained promotion back to the premier league in his first year in charge. In his three years in charge in the premier league, West Ham finished 10th, 13th and 12th respectively. In that time the club also secured a 99 year lease of the Olympic stadium and bought attacking talent such as Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song on loan.
To most sets of supporters this would be the stuff of dreams. But, not for the crowds at Upton Park. West Ham supporters and its owners were not happy at being brought back to where they once were. They wanted more.
On May 24th 2015, West Ham decided not to renew the contract of Sam Allardyce and went in a new direction. Fans yearned for the owners to bring back “The West Ham way” of playing football.
For the 2015/2016 season, Slaven Bilic was brought in as manager and Dimitri Payet was signed from Marseille. West Ham Finished 7th in the league last year and qualified for Europe. West Ham Fans wishess have finally come true!!!
Well that was all the calm before the storm which has seen West Ham get knocked out of Europe (in the qualifying rounds), lose five of there six opening games conceding sixteen goals (four of which came in an embarrassing loss to Watford at home) and only score five. But, that’s only on the pitch. Off the pitch, the Olympic stadium is falling apart, fans are fighting with stewards and the club has decided to use bubble machines and fake crowd noise from speakers to create a “good atmosphere”.
On May the 15th 2011 in the DW stadium, I’m pretty sure one of the sad traveling West Ham supporters wished for a team that was laced with attacking talent, wished his club had a brand new stadium and wished his club had a manager with a respected international pedigree. That unlucky fans wish has come true and whatever mystical being granted his wish is having fun messing with him now.
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