Sam Allardyce has suggested that West Ham United fans would not be complaining about the London Stadium if their team was performing better in the Premier League.
The Everton manager, who was in charge of the Hammers for four seasons between 2011 and 2015, was comparing the situation to that which the Toffees may face when moving into their proposed new home, which could be ready by 2022.
“I think with West Ham if they had a winning team and was competing with the top six or seven, then certainly for West Ham their stadium wouldn’t matter,” Allardyce is reported as saying in The Mirror.
Whilst if the Irons were more successful on the pitch there would likely be less unrest amongst supporters, the counter to that argument is that the new ground is actually holding back the team.
At Upton Park the seats were almost on top of the action, creating a raucous atmosphere and intimidating environment for visiting teams.
Conversely, the London Stadium was originally designed to host athletics at the 2012 Olympic Games and as such the seating is set back from the pitch.
It means that the cavernous enclosure can often seem quiet and sterile on matchdays and captain Mark Noble has previously talked this season about the enormous effect that the crowd’s mood has on the players.
Despite struggling for much of the campaign, West Ham secured Premier League survival at the weekend with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win away at Leicester City.
A tap-in from Joao Mario and a stunning Noble volley were enough to seal all three points at the King Power Stadium and mean that the club can now look forward to another year of top-flight football.
West Ham end the term with two home games, with Manchester United and Everton the visitors on Thursday and Sunday respectively.