Boooogers! wrote:In my defense, I answered Yes, because I think inevitably the "most successful stadium migration in history" debacle will start to blow over and within 5 years will be a distant memory for many.
The first poll suggested that up to 50% of STH's may not renew - presumably these are the most disgruntled with the move and they jack it in, the atmosphere in the new place should get a bit more cohesive (not "better", just more united).
There's no denying that the fan base is heavily divided, and the collective energy in the stadium is on the whole negative. This affects the players in a huge way and I think is the biggest reason we have gone backwards this season... Once the Owners fill the No Soul Bowl with more of the types of fans they want, and the "Old Guard" move on, there will be less negativity, the support will have been "cleansed".
Performances on the pitch will pick up again and the Club will start pushing for Europe. It just won't be West Ham anymore...
Of course, it's highly unlikely we'll have the same Owners in 5 years though.
This ain't meant as a dig, as you've put plenty of thought into posting it, but my head is spinning trying to get to grips with the sentiment you make regarding the place will be better off without the genuine football and West Ham loving folk, instead exchanged for a new breed of, for want of a better phrase, cardboard cut out day trippers, will ultimately be propping up a chirade of a Football Club instead.
The other problem with filling a new Stadium the size of Shitole with so many cardboard cut out day trippers, is they won't have the loyalty bred in to them to return again and again and again like we the old guard used too and so the fanbase gets even more diluted and weak. It's a horrendous model to adopt and one that has failure written all over it and can't for the life of me see how that would lead to a palpable positive energy and atmosphere that the players can feel strongly to play for in their honour. They'd soon **** off and find a Club that does and who's blame them?