West Ham United’s move to the Olympic Stadium was intended to signal a massive move forward for the London club, but up to now its been an utter catastrophe.
It was always going to be an arduous transition leaving their beloved Upton Park, but the West Ham faithful could never have expected anything like this.
The start to the season has seen a total breakdown in the relationship between the fans and the clubs board.
The spectators have gone on record to display their outrage at the seating arrangement at the new ground, with a large group of fans preferring to stand and being refused to do so by stewards and police.
West Ham’s co-owners, David Gold and David O’Sullivan, released a statement on Monday to address their sides awful start to the season.
It is my view that the backlash from supporters would not be anywhere near as severe if West Ham had a good start to the season on the pitch, but this is far from the case.
They currently find themselves 18th in the table, with five defeats and only the one victory to their name. Their home form will be most disappointing factor for the Hammers, conceding a total of seven goals in their last two games against Watford and Southampton.
As a consequence of this, the pressure is now pilling on Slaven Bilic. The same man who gave the club one of the most memorable and illustrious seasons of recent memory last term.
It seems absurd now looking at last season’s achievements, that certain people are now questioning whether the Croatian should be sacked, but unfortunately that is now the norm in modern day football.
It is clear that Bilic deserves time to turn things around at West Ham. They have made a turbulent start to the season, but with a vastly talented squad on their hands, an upturn in form should be inevitable.
The priority at this moment for the players and staff at West Ham is to re-engage with the fans because West Ham is renowned for being a family football club and that has gone amiss in recent weeks.
The simplest way to do this is to win football matches. The Hammers have a side capable of challenging for European places come the end of the season, but Bilic must seek to clamp down on unnecessary defensive errors which are currently costing his side.
This is not helped with the club struggling to find the net, with just seven goals in six games. The Londoners are currently without new record-signing Andre Ayew as well as Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll.
This has left them without an out-and-out goalscorer and having to rely on Michael Antonio for goals, who has been one of their only shining lights so far this season.
They made some eye-catching signings with Gökhan Töre, Simone Zaza, Sofiane Feghouli joining the club, all of which have not done themselves justice so far.
The fault of their poor form cannot just be placed with fan disharmony, at some point their experienced and top quality players must take it upon themselves to help to move this huge club up the league where they should be.
In my view, Slaven Bilic is the right man to turn this club around. He is a former-West Ham player with the club at heart and eventually they should pick up form and move up the league and in doing so, re-construct their previously unbreakable bond between club and fans.