West Ham United are a club in turmoil at the moment, and legend Trevor Brooking has claimed the fans and the players need to pull together and make sure they don’t see their season descent into chaos.
He admitted that the fans aren’t making things any easier, because the atmosphere is something that the players cannot cope with, and it seems that the things over the next month are make or break for the club.
He also spoke about the lack of security and noted that the stewards need to be more prepared and better supported.
“The next five home games look pretty bleak because there is no way the team will be able to play and get the points to stay up under that sort of atmosphere – it’s impossible.
“That atmosphere must never be allowed to come back otherwise the club is in serious trouble. The fans have to understand that and really shelve those frustrations.. and allow the players to get the points to stay up.
“There weren’t sufficient stewards and they couldn’t really cope with what was sometimes going back to the bad old days of 25 years ago.
“The club are obviously going to have to look at things with the local police and make sure that trained stewards and police are in place – you’re almost looking at it and saying, ‘this is out of control’.
“A lot of the stewards who are on duty on matchdays are not West Ham people – they’re actually stadium people and sometimes until they get a job there haven’t had any experience dealing with football crowds.
“They were quite young and couldn’t deal with the aggression they were faced with.
“I didn’t see a coin hit David Sullivan, his glasses, myself but I did have that confirmed, which was part of the reason why the people in the directors’ box had to go inside to save any more problems like that.”
One other issue for the club is obviously Joe Hart, who seems finished at the top level as a keeper, and certainly didn’t impress on the weekend.
In the first game he started in the league for some time, the club managed to lose 3-0, and it was not a great performance.
The second goal was particularly suspect and Hart basically gifted the goal to Chris Wood, showing he isn’t the keeper that won trophies with Manchester City, and that Pep Guardiola was right to discard the player.