The end of Upton Park: West Ham fans and pundits react to the week's action
By Matt Farr
Football Insider has compiled a list of the best of social media on all things West Ham, from players, pundits and fans.
As of Wednesday, it will have been four years since West Ham announced they had beaten their rivals to the tenancy of London’s Olympic Stadium, which was to replace Upton Park as their new home.
West Ham fans cherish countless fond memories of their weekly visits to their former home, with the move to the Olympic Stadium signalling the end of an era at the club.
The ground is currently being demolished ahead of a new development scheme at the site, and one fan shared a picture of the current state of the ground on Twitter, with the caption ‘And my heart’s just crumbled into 4,000 pieces’.
Andddddd my hearts just crumbled into 4,000 pieces pic.twitter.com/FGVt1TamUP
— Jamie Hall ???? (@WhufcJamie) March 16, 2017
West Ham have yet to really adjust to their new surroundings at the Olympic Stadium, and that has cost them valuable points in the Premier League this season.
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Their poor form at home continued at the weekend with a 3-2 defeat to Leicester, leaving them 12th in the table, just nine points clear of the relegation zone.
According to the ticket office, there is over 2.5k season ticket holders who haven't been to any game all season. Interesting.
— Jamie Hall ???? (@WhufcJamie) March 18, 2017
The fans have not been happy with the recent performances of their beloved side, but @whufcJamie suggests that there is still a large number of fans that are unaccounted for.
Slaven Bilic has come under fire for his recent selection choices and tactical decisions, including a move to deploy midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate at right-back.
The Hammers chief reverted to the more familiar sight of Sam Byram at right back against Leicester, but West Ham news account ‘@WHUFC_News’ was quick to point out a brutal dig made by SkySports in their report of the expected change.
Brutal from Sky Sports ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/BjlCXcjHLa
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) March 18, 2017
The same account also reacted to the news that key first-team trio Michail Antonio, Winston Reid and Pedro Obiang were all set for lengthy spells of the sidelines, seemingly embracing their inevitable relegation fate in their absence.
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) March 20, 2017
The fans continue to question the future of Bilic as West Ham manager with just nine matches left to go this season. But the fans remain divided, with some fast losing their patience, and others calling for more time.
A visual metaphor for West Ham's season pic.twitter.com/eJCh4eLqwB
— Dan Silver (@dansilver_) March 18, 2017
Former Hammers defender-turned pundit Daniel Gabbidon also got in on the act, slamming the club’s terrible recruitment over the summer and in January.
Recruitment has been a big issue. https://t.co/LbM2PgwDFy
— Daniel Gabbidon (@Gabbidon35) March 19, 2017
It was not all doom and gloom, however, as co-chairman David Gold confirmed that long-term injury absentee Diafra Sakho was close to a return.
Diafra Sakho is close to retuning to full fitness. dg https://t.co/F18rWUljdz
— David Gold (@davidgold) March 16, 2017
The 27-year-old has been out for months with a back injury, having also missed a large part of the season with a hamstring problem.
In other West Ham news, why Liverpool could pull the plug on reported pursuit of Hammers midfielder.