Former West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has criticised the club’s London Stadium home and suggested it is not fit for purpose.
The Hammers have been playing at the venue since the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign but have struggled to get consistent results.
There have also been criticisms about the atmosphere at the ground, which was originally built to host athletics at the London 2012 Olympic Games, as well as a general feeling that fans are too far away from the action.
And now Bilic, speaking to beIN Sports over the weekend, stated that it ‘isn’t a football stadium’.
The Croatian boss enjoyed a terrific first season at the club in 2015-16, finishing seventh in the Premier League and suffering just three top-flight defeats at Upton Park.
However, following the move, the Irons fought against relegation, ultimately pulling clear towards the close of the term but finishing with just 45 points, 17 less than they managed the previous year.
Eight defeats at the London Stadium certainly contributed to the team’s problems, although losing the talismanic Dimitri Payet midway through the campaign also had a detrimental impact on the squad.
Bilic was unable to turn the club’s fortunes around at the start of 2017-18 and was sacked in November amid criticisms over his transfer record and training methods.
His replacement, David Moyes, has seen a general upturn in results but West Ham remain in a relegation battle in what promises to be one of the tightest contests to stay in the Premier League in recent memory.
West Bromwich Albion prop up the table and look doomed, seven points from safety, but only 11 points separate Stoke City in 19th from seventh-placed Burnley.
Each team will know that a good run of form could see them secure survival, whilst only a couple of losses may prove catastrophic come the final reckoning in May.