James P wrote:The big problem is that we now have six very strong clubs in this country...we need to finishing above at least one of these clubs most seasons...finishing above all the other well performing sides like Everton and Southampton.
We're are never going to achieve this on the cheap...
We're not just gonna "click" our way into back to back top six finishes. We can't rely on bigger, stronger sides messing up and us getting in on default. If we want top six regularly we have to set ourselves up like a top six outfit.
That is it in a nutshell. The board have taken us to the OS with top 6 finishes being the main reason for the move as we had 'outgrown Upton Park'. However the extra revenue from 20,000 fans alone is not going to make that leap bearing in mind TV income and the march the clubs mentioned above (maybe except Soton) have on us.
Leicester have shown that you do not have to have a 60,000 seater stadium to win the Premier League or indeed qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
We cannot go back to Upton Park and redevelop the East Stand giving us a 42,000 capacity and to all intents and purposes 40-52,000 (depending on where you take your attendance figures from) are coming to watch West Ham. We are playing woefully, have a minus 12 goal difference and look destined to finish well out of the European spots while we are looking over our shoulders at a relegation scrap. I thought coming to the OS would at least see us out of that bottom 6/7 and have us at least top 10 looking upwards.
So what happens next....?
1. The board spend 'top 6 money' on proven players who will improve our first team & squad.
2. The board bring in other people to help them invest in the club to ensure point 1 is fulfilled.
3. The board sell the club entirely to people who will invest in the club to ensure point 1 is fulfilled.
4. The board hope for a Leicester type situation.
5. The board hope for a cup final win.
All 5 points above could have been done with us at Upton Park and it may have been better to do so but the board without a mandate from the fans chose to go to the OS.
If the board really are fans of the club and are in this for the long haul then point 1 is the way to go however their track record suggests otherwise so I cannot see them doing this to the extent we need to break through while points 4 & 5 are just that - hope. Better we did stay at Upton Park if this is the case. Point 2 has some legs in it and would appeal to investors but i think deep down point 3 is their ultimate goal. The fans are there ...for now but i bet Mr.Gold & Mr. Sullivan are keen for an upturn in the team's fortunes which will then be reflected in a similar upturn for theirs.