A great comment, developing the conversation well, by Philtheiron on the last thread, which was certainly worthy of it’s own post, as follows: –
I think the whole ethos of season tickets and whether or not to attend matches is a very complicated one. Not to mention very emotive.
Apart from anything else it gets harder each year to justify the huge financial and emotional outlay each week/day when, as we get older and circumstances change, our priorities though never our loyalties can change.
So I can understand how giving up a season ticket especially over a point of principle or having to put family first, is not one that is ever taken lightly.
But we are and will always remain west ham⚒
As it has been mentioned before, last season has been a very difficult one what with one thing and another. And I have found it almost impossible at times to keep a clear head above water at times if I am honest. The constant barrage of negativity from the press and within hasn’t helped.
For there has been so much nonsense being written and spoken about the club, usually negative that it has been hugely frustrating. Also witnessing first hand each week the ongoing stadium problems and seeing little being done about it hasn’t improved matters either.
The stewarding, segregation and other ongoing problems etc has been akin to at times,to watching a huge train crash unfold right in front of you but without being able to do a thing about it. As I have said, all hugely frustrating.
Realistically imho I don’t really think there was despite the ongoing negative campaign in the press, any prospect of super Slav ever getting the sack though.
For not only do I believe this to be grossly unfair and a huge injustice but it would have been tantamount to an act of suicide.
Ok, mistakes were made last year. We didn’t come close to obtaining our quality targets and paid a huge price accordingly.
Where I disagree with some, is that I believe the board did try to back the manager and the unpalatable truth is that Slav has the final say on who we sign and the owners tried to make the finances work.
For at the end of the day no manager in his right mind or as highly principled as Bilic is going to allow a board to dictate who they can and can’t sign.
But where you are spot on Tom is concerning the owners and the funds they have available.
Yes they maybe multimillionaires but even that is not enough for the EPL in this day and age. Especially if we have ambitions to move on to the next level or hope to compete regularly in Europe.
Our owners unfortunately do not have the wealth to hope to compete with the financial might of citeh,chelski or the Man U or the arse.
So there will always unfortunately be a bit of the dell boy about the owners when it comes to transfer fees. Having said that I wouldn’t like to have been in their position with days go go in last years window, having offered so much money for any number of quality players and still have nothing to show for it!
It is all very well identifying quality players that’s the easy part. Unfortunately it is likely that all the other clubs swimming in the same buying pond have identified the same players too.
For as we rise through the ranks there are the same amount of clubs if not more all vying for the same players as we move up.
And just because we have more money to spend doesn’t mean we will be any more likely to succeed in signing our new targets. As each team in each new level also have more money and as the higher you go other consideration come into play such as Europe and the potential to win trophies and or leagues. Not to mention international recognition.
I believe we were a little niave last season and got a little bit carried away with our new found position, stadium and the Devils silver(Sky money).
We thought we could flash the cash and do the deals without I believe taking into account some/all of the factors stated above.
That and having any discerning plan b and the rest as they say is…..
So ok while it is right that we have learned our lessons from last season and are now only concerntrating on a few quality players. But isn’t that how we set out last season?
What happens if again we don’t manage to achieve those targets?
For me the biggest lesson of last season was that buying sub quality players to fulfill a quality first team role doesn’t work. And this folly was horribly exposed on far to many occasions last season.
The trick this year will be if we don’t manage to get our quality first choices what next?
I don’t think many of us would pick past as our quality signings;
Iheanacho, batushyai, gulfi, hart and perhaps smalling if he/they were available? But I haven’t heard much about who we could get in if players of this quality were not available.
And to me, this is where the success of our season will rest on. Hopefully we will get most of those mentioned above(especially the two strikers) but it is what happens if we don’t that really matters.