By Will Butcher
David Gold has revealed that it is proving “difficult” to increase the London Stadium’s capacity to 66,000 ahead of West Ham’s clash against Everton on Saturday.
The Hammers have won just six of their 17 Premier League home games this season, after they moved to the Stretford-based stadium at the start of the season from Upton Park.
The new ground has come under plenty of criticism this season, and co-owner Gold revealed to a fan on his personal Twitter account that the club is struggling to reach the capacity of 66,000.
When is it likely we get to 66,000 in our stadium?
I do love the new stadium and, for me, easy to get to from Dartford.
— Chris Laker (@laklock) April 16, 2017
66,000 is proving to a bit more difficult than we first thought but we will continue to pursue our aim. dg https://t.co/YMa3SjlLrg
— David Gold (@davidgold) April 17, 2017
The stadium has come under constant scrutiny, with the club’s home form, security problems and strict rules that fans have been forced to obey angering Hammers fans.
Under-fire boss Slaven Bilic has endured a difficult switch to the new stadium, with a number of injuries and the loss of Dimitri Payet also contributing to the Hammers’ poor form.
The east London outfit currently sit in 13th place and only nine points above the relegation zone, a far cry from the 2015-16 finish of seventh that saw them qualify for the Europa League.
Bilic saw his side concede a 90th-minute equaliser to rock-bottom Sunderland on Saturday, drawing 2-2 and will be hoping to go one better against Everton this weekend.
In other West Ham news, this 27-year-old is reportedly set to be sold after a row with manager Bilic.