West Ham’s season has hit a slight blip in current weeks with the Hammers slipping out of Champions League competition after taking simply 4 factors from the final 15 accessible.
However, the incontrovertible fact that with two matches to play West Ham are nonetheless in competition for a spot in the high 4 is a exceptional feat for David Moyes and his staff.
On the pitch, this season has been a big success for the Hammers, however away from the motion there may be continued discontent from many followers in direction of house owners David Gold and David Sullivan about their stewardship of the membership.
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The largest West Ham United unbiased supporters’ group, Hammers United, boasts a membership of 18,000. And following a survey of their membership and the West Ham fan base, the group has launched a ‘Supporter Vision’, outlining their blueprint for the future of their membership.
Co-founder and chair of Hammers United, Paul Colbourne, outlined the causes behind the want for a ‘Supporter Vision’ and the way the membership can enhance relations with the followers.
“Trust in the present house owners has been damaged as a direct consequence of their actions over the final eleven years,” stated Colbourne.
“An intensive survey of our members and the wider fanbase, carried out halfway by way of the 2020-21 season, reaffirmed how supporters view a change in possession as a precedence if we’re to rebuild the supporter expertise at our membership.”
The matchday expertise at the London Stadium is a key concern in the ‘Supporter Vision’, the Hammers United survey discovered that 97% of supporters felt there was a want for design enhancements at West Ham’s residence floor.
The imaginative and prescient states that the floor “needs to be a soccer stadium match for function and one thing we admire. And it needs to be ours.”
The London Stadium is owned by a London Legacy Development Corporation and West Ham lease the stadium, a transfer that continues to be controversial for many supporters.
The possession of the stadium and the want to enhance the fan expertise is only one of six rules Hammers United outlined for a solution to construct higher supporter engagement between the membership and followers.
The different areas the supporters’ group want to see labored upon are; constructing duty and belief between the supporters and the house owners, respecting the identification and heritage of West Ham, constructing group assist and inspiring native companies, rewarding supporters for their loyalty, and fascinating with followers to enhancing strains of communication.
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The goals are mixed with the want to have significant fan illustration at board degree, not simply at West Ham however throughout the wider footballing panorama.
The ‘Supporter Vision’ is claimed to have been designed as a means for the membership, house owners and supporters to construct and keep a relationship that advantages everybody concerned with West Ham.