Former Gunner Ray Parlour has revealed why he feels sorry for West Ham United supporters.
Parlour’s comments were made in response to the club’s approach to the Europa League game against Astra last night, which saw the Hammers defeated after fielding a slightly weakened team ahead of the start of the Premier League this weekend.
“What about all of those West Ham supporters travelling away from home thinking ‘we’ve spent a lot of money and then suddenly they say we’re not bothered about it now’? – Why didn’t they say that at the start of the season?” he told talkSPORT.
Does Parlour have a point?
The Europa League is exciting for West Ham but the priority for this season was always going to be the Premier League.
Europe is beneficial because of the higher quality of the competition, but it creates extra matches and an extra strain for a team like West Ham, who don’t have as big a squad as some of their main rivals.
Fans are supporting their side in an era where it’s more expensive to watch football than ever before, but when West Ham move to the Olympic Stadium, a little bit of value will be put back into the pockets of fans.
West Ham made a big statement when they announced that season ticket prices from 2016 onwards would be coming down so there is a chance for the club’s support base to increase, with fans making back a little bit of cash.
It’s an exciting and interesting time to be following the club.