Kieran Maguire shares '£21m' West Ham reveal after what he's 'seen at Leeds'
West Ham have spent £21million on infrastructure since they moved to the London Stadium in 2016 but may struggle to install a new pitch.
So says finance expert Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the state of the Hammers’ playing surface.
Manager David Moyes voiced his frustration with the quality of the turf after the Hammers 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on 28 August.
“The pitch at the London Stadium is really, really poor” and “below Premier League standard,” the 58-year-old told Sky Sports.
Maguire claims that Moyes has a right to be angry but that persuading the landlords at the London Stadium to install a new pitch may prove tricky.
“West Ham have spent £21m on infrastructure since 2016 and the median spend in the league is £35m,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“So it is less than their peers but, to a certain extent, you would expect it to be less than other clubs because they are tenants rather than owners.
“I think the main focus has got to be the contract between West Ham and E20 Stadium LLP, the landlords. I think this cost could be directed to them.
“But this is part of the problem when you don’t own the ground.
“We’ve seen with Leeds at Elland Road that they have ripped out the pitch and laid a fresh one because the chain of command is that much simpler.
“The challenge that West Ham have is that they might have to reach an agreement with E20.
“They have lost a fortune since West Ham became tenants, so you can see that they would be reluctant.“
“I don’t think this can necessarily be laid at the feet of the club. I can understand Moyes’ frustration.
“When you’ve got a talented team playing football on the floor, you need a billiard-table surface.“