Former West Ham midfielder Frank Lampard believes that the club has gone backwards over the past few years after seeing the fans go into meltdown at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Hammers supporters invaded the pitch and tried to storm the directors box as Burnley breezed to a 3-0 victory against David Moyes’ men.
There has been a huge amount of frustration among the fanbase since leaving Upton Park and moving to the London Stadium, where results have got worse and big-money signings have been completely underwhelming.
Speaking on Match of the Day on BBC One on Saturday night, ex-West Ham and Chelsea star Lampard claimed that the money spent by the Irons in the past couple of seasons has been nowhere near to the amount that they should be looking to spend to reach their goals.
“I understand some of the fans’ feelings in general,” he said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“They move stadium, feeling like they have lost some of their identity moving stadium, with part of the deal to move stadium and fight for Europe and invest.
“The club have a £29million net spend since they have moved, which is not really enough, so they have gone backwards.
“The fans are asking questions, but the way to ask a question is not a demonstration mid-game as that affects the players.”
Football Insider verdict
It’s easy to understand why West Ham fans are frustrated but for them to react in the way that they did is completely unacceptable. David Gold and David Sullivan aren’t just going to walk away just because Gary from Essex decided to pinch a corner flag – what good is that going to do? The Hammers are not in the bottom three and really should not be a club hoping to be fighting for European spots. Slaven Bilic’s final season at Upton Park was as good as they could realistically hope for and all the weight of expectation as seen them come crashing back down to Earth. No other club outside the top six, except maybe Everton, have such expectations, but their fans have not exactly been invading pitches or intimidating 81-year-old men.