West Ham fans have had a relatively traumatic 24 hours. Whilst the news of Slaven Bilic’s sacking should come as little surprise to anyone, the fact David Moyes is reportedly already lined up to take his place on a six-month contract has sent their supporters into a relative meltdown.
Taking their currently fragile mental state into account, it probably wasn’t the best time for them to read that first-team striker Andy Carroll isn’t happy with the level of support the players have been getting from the stands, with the frontman urging the Irons to take a leaf out of Palace’s book when it comes to backing the team.
The former Newcastle man, speaking in the aftermath of West Ham’s humbling home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday night, was clearly unhappy at the amount of empty seats he spotted during the closing stages of the contest, suggesting that Hammers fans should stick with the current first-team squad through good and bad moments.
His comments came just a week after Bilic’s men had surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead away to Palace, thanks to a last-gasp equaliser from Wilfried Zaha. It was a day in which the whole of Selhurst Park stayed fully behind the Eagles and were rewarded for their patience by the Ivory Coast star’s late heroics. Carroll, who was stood in the dugouts when the aforementioned leveller hit the back of Joe Hart’s net was clearly impressed by the atmosphere around the ground despite the scoreline, not that he’ll have done himself any favours with Irons fans by suggesting they should follow our lead.
Obviously, the relationship many West Ham fans have with their board of directors is becoming more and more toxic as each week passes, which will almost certainly have had an impact on their desire to stick around with the team losing 4-1 to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in front of the nation. Carroll is right in the purest sense of the word when claiming that supporters should stay with the players through highs and lows but with things seemingly getting worse and worse at The London Stadium, plenty will have no doubt felt that the only way of voicing their discontent was to vote with their feet.
There are shades of grey within most scenarios and in this instance, Andy Carroll is guilty of seeing solely in black and white. Still, it gave me a chuckle.