Darren Bent understands why the West Ham fans are raging as the club finalise the deeply unpopular sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes that the impending departure of the 22-year-old is the “tipping point” for the Hammers faithful.
Bent believes that there is a long line of issues that West Ham fans have had to contend with and that the sale of a homegrown talent means they “can’t take anymore”.
Bent told Football Insider: “Do you know what I think it is with the West Ham fans? I think this is just the tipping point, it’s sent them over the edge.
“They’ve had so much to contend with for so long, moving stadiums, they didn’t want to move stadiums – when you look at a football club and you look at their stadium, you try identify and associate stadiums with the fans.
“Now that stadium was in their blood, in their DNA, it was heritage. Generations upon generations of fans going to Upton Park, to the Boleyn Ground. It was one club where it meant everything to them, they moved stadiums, that didn’t help.
“Then there’s a disconnect with the owners, then there was that seven-point plan and it was like: ‘We’ll get into the Champions League, do this, do that,’ and they’ve not lived up to any of it.
“Then they get rid of certain managers, they bring David Moyes back, they weren’t too sold on him. There’s been so many bits and bobs, they don’t like the owners and obviously now they’re selling a player who did so well last se
ason to West Brom.
“You could say West Brom and West Ham are tight rivals, West Ham just survived, West Brom coming up so you can say their rivals and the fact they’ve just let one of their best homegrown players join one of their rivals.
“I’m not surprised West Ham fans are completely and utterly annoyed. It’s a long line of things that West Ham fans can’t take anymore.”
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