Robbie Earle critical of West Ham hierarchy for Twitter presence

The likes of David Gold and Karren Brady are avid tweeters.

The emergence of Twitter has certainly changed the landscape of communication within football. Fans are now a read tweet away from potentially talking to their favourite players and pundits over the web about all things football.

But with that comes some problems. In the past several players have fell foul of regulations for what they have tweeted and now club owners even get in on the act.

Perhaps the most well known club for this is West Ham. The club's co-chairman David Gold is a big Twitter user as is vice chairman Karren Brady. Jack Sullivan, the social media savvy son of co-owner David, is also on the tweet most of the time.

But one man is not a fan of this practice.

Writing in the Stoke Sentinel this week the former Jamaican international and Wimbledon star Robbie Earle had his say on the matter.

The ex-midfielder, who now works as a pundit for NBC Sports stated:

"There's no doubt that social media has changed the way people communicate their feelings in football nowadays.

"I think David Sullivan and David Gold down at West Ham are prime examples.

"Does the chairman have the right to tweet if he's putting his money into the club? Yes, I suppose he does.

"But are his words to the benefit of the players, manager and the team?

"Probably not. They won't need telling they messed up. Having their chairman go public will only add to the pressure on them."

West Ham fans might have mixed views on this. Some are not keen on the tweets from their board but others enjoy it. It certainly helps with interaction between the fans and the people in charge at the football club which can only be a good thing.

For now it seems as though the likes of Gold, Brady and Sullivan are here to stay and, in all honesty, that should be a positive for West Ham fans.

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