West Ham fan site compiles brilliant 10-point demand to owners over stadium

General view of the West Ham emblem on the side of the stadium before the match
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A West Ham United fans website has compiled a brilliant 10-point message to the club's owners over their new Olympic Stadium home.

The Hammers' move to Stratford from their beloved Upton Park has been beset by problems from the start.

From in-fighting among the club's fans to segregation issues, violent scenes between home and away supporters and a general dissatisfaction with the atmosphere and feel of a ground many refer to as 'soulless', it has left a bitter taste in what was supposed to be a memorable and historic campaign.

Ahead of the stadium move, Hammers fans were promised a genuine retractable seating solution in communications from the club.

A half empty London Stadium look on as Southampton's James Ward-Prowse scores their third goalA half empty London Stadium watch on during a defeat to Southampton earlier this season

In reality they have been left with a temporary lower tier built on a complex scaffolding which will reportedly take weeks to deconstruct and reconstruct each season at a cost of £8 million - some £7.7m more than the original estimate.

The distance from the stands to the pitch is a major bone of contention for many fans with the bowl shape of the venue the biggest problem as the stadium was not built with football in mind.

On top of that results and performances at the new ground have dropped off a cliff compared to last season with many pointing the finger of blame at the move and losing that famous Boleyn Ground atmosphere and close proximity to the pitch.

Match stewards attempt to make West Ham United fans sit downMatch stewards attempt to make West Ham United fans sit down

Having signed a 99-year lease many supporters are disillusioned at the prospect of a long-term future at the ground in it's current state.

So fans website Knees Up Mother Brown has compiled a brilliant 10-point message to David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady detailing what needs to change if supporters are to embrace the change long-term.

The 10-point plan is a not-so-subtle dig at the owners who made their own 10-point pledge to supporters back in 2010, as reported at the time by the Evening Standard.

West Ham co chairmans David Sullivan and David Gold before the matchWest Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold

In that pledge, many could have applied to most clubs such as signing the right players and appointing the right manager but points 7-10 stand out:

7. Make it enjoyable to come and watch

8. Get closer to the community

9. Go for the Olympic Stadium

10. Listen to supporters

In KUMB's 10 point message, the website hopes West Ham's owners will honour their own pledge to 'Listen to supporters'.

The article post states: "In the wake of the numerous issues that have beset West Ham United's move to Stratford, KUMB readers have created their own '10 point pledge' for the Board of West Ham United FC.

"The 10 points, which we are asking the board to comply with, cover a range of subjects designed to ease what has already proved to be a difficult migration process and enhance the supporter's experience of the club's new ground.

"None of the points raised are beyond the realms of possibility (although point 3 would require considerable financial investment) and all are made with the aim of uniting the club's fractured fanbase and strengthening the relationship between supporters and the board."

The 'point three' referred to is to 'Replace the temporary lower tier with genuine, retractable seating, as promised by the club in their pre-move communications, with stands that are closer to the pitch'.

Other points on the list include treating fans with more respect.

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