Glenn Hoddle predicts drastic measure West Ham will take to solve woes next season

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Former England manager turned pundit Glenn Hoddle is fully expecting West Ham United to take drastic action to solve their woes next season.

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicUnder pressure and under performing: West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers are 13th in the Premier League table and can hope for a midtable finish at best after a torrid second season under Slaven Bilic.

It was supposed to be so different with the excitement surrounding the club's big move to the Olympic Stadium.

But with just six wins from 16 at home in the league all season so far, it has been anything but.

And ahead of this weekend's clash against Everton at the Olympic Stadium, Tottenham legend and former England boss Glenn Hoddle has suggested on BT Sport that the size of the pitch at their new ground is the problem.

"I think at home, the size of their pitch now is a problem," Hoddle said on BT Sport.

"I think they conceded 26 goals all season last year, now they're on 27 already and I think that extra size, the length and the width of that pitch is working against them and I think that's a problem to them.

20-20 Football Technical Director Glenn Hoddle during the press conferenceGlenn Hoddle

"They should have done that (change the pitch size) at the beginning of the season, I think they've got a cold on that one.

"I'll be very surprised if they don't change that for next season."

The size of the pitch at the controversial new stadium has been cited as one of the reasons for West Ham's struggles all season.

Some fans believe blaming the stadium move is too easy an excuse, citing that other teams are having no trouble performing there.

But is the observation even accurate?

West Ham's Olympic Stadium v DomizaleWest Ham's Olympic Stadium

The myth that the Hammers are suddenly playing on a pitch size completely alien to them has been well and truly busted by a recent report revealing Premier League surface sizes.

And the report, published by the Daily Star, reveals West Ham in actual fact share the same size pitch as no fewer than eight fellow top flight clubs.

The London Stadium pitch is 7,140 square metres. That's the same size as Watford's Vicarage Road surface, West Brom's Hawthorns pitch, Sunderland's Stadium of Light, Swansea City's Liberty Stadium, Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium, the pitches at both Old Trafford and the Etihad and Arsenal's Emirates.

General view outside the stadium before the match
	hammersosGeneral view outside the stadium

Only two pitches are bigger, Middlesbrough's Riverside (7,245sqm) and the biggest of the lot, Hull City's massive KCOM Stadium which is 8,436sqm.

Stoke City's Bet365 ground (6,400sqm) and the pitches at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace (6,700sqm) are the smallest.

Yes it is bigger than the pitch at Upton Park but not significantly enough to cause the team any undue problems.

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