Houghton: Two 'hugely important' challenges for West Ham United next season

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Former West Ham United midfielder Ray Houghton feels the club's next manager has some big challenges next season.

Former West Ham United player Ray Houghton told talkSPORT he feels there are two important aims for the Hammers looking ahead to next season.

Houghton has stressed the need for his former employers to stay competitive in the Premier League while also looking to expand their style to impress their new fans ahead of the Olympic Stadium move.

His comments suggest a tough test is in store for whoever the club go after as their next manager, after opting against a new deal for Sam Allardyce.

“It’s a big season for West Ham whoever takes over because the following season they’ve got the move to the Olympic Stadium. It’s hugely important that one, they stay in the division and two, they go out there and excite because they need to attract new faces to the stadium as it holds 60,000,” he said.

The Premier League is important for a number of reasons with the two most obvious being the finances involved and the players.

The cash generated for Premier League clubs by TV rights is huge and if West Ham have a terrible campaign next year and slide down, they will miss out on money which will be vital in helping them to move forward.

It’s important because of players as the Premier League status of a club instantly makes them appealing and creates an advantage compared to Football League clubs.

As for the style aspect of West Ham, it seemed to be Sam Allardyce’s big undoing at Upton Park and something, which saw some of his popularity with supporters start to slide.

If younger or newer fans are impressed on watching West Ham for the first time next season, they will keep coming back to support the team.

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