West Ham's 2-1 loss to Astra Giurgiu on Thursday night, which eliminated them from European competition after a very brief qualifying stint indeed, has split opinion at Upton Park and caused tensions to rise on social media.
Indeed, many feel the Hammers will be better off without the second-tier tournament but plenty are frustrated with a repeat of the disappointing feeling that plagued last season.
As such, Sullivan Jr, brother of Jack, took to Twitter with the strong claim that West Ham wouldn't exist now were it not for his father and fellow co-owner David Gold.
I highly doubt West Ham would exist now if we didn't take over. The future is bright. https://t.co/UDnSllZ8S2— DA'VE MAURO SULLIVAN (@DaveSulley) August 7, 2015
Yes I am saying that. Or they would be playing the league 1/2 by now and be skint. https://t.co/Qu9GwkEeMO— DA'VE MAURO SULLIVAN (@DaveSulley) August 7, 2015
Importantly, he also suggested even he can't get hold of the owners as they are working '15-20 hours every day' to recruit new players for West Ham.
Matt, my dad is working between 15-20 hours every day to sign players it isn't easy! I can't even get hold of him ! https://t.co/OfpHWrOl3q— DA'VE MAURO SULLIVAN (@DaveSulley) August 7, 2015
West Ham travel to the Emirates Stadium next to face Arsenal on Sunday afternoon for their Premier League opener. Now that the Hammers are out of Europe, disappointment in the league won't be met too well by supporters.