Board on verge on delivering pledge

Co-chairman David Sullivan and David Gold pledged an ambition for next-level football within five years back in 2015 after five years in charge at West Ham.

Many could argue with a top-six finish in the Premier League last season and a Europa League cup run to reach the semi-finals they have already achieved that.

Seven years ago Gold said: ‘I would be disappointed if we don’t join the so-called top six within the next five years. We know the fanbase is there and it will grow when we move [to the Olympic Stadium].’

We achieved that promised top six-year finish last season just one year behind his ambitious target, we missed the champions league by just two points last year!

Now we are just two wins and three games away from Champions League qualification by lifting the Europa League Champions trophy.

Champions League football is possibly three games away.

We remain in the European qualification place in seventh place in the Premier League table this season and just two points or one win away from sixth place again with just five games to play.

We will be hoping Arsenal do us a favour this afternoon by beating Manchester United while we can do the double over Chelsea with our depleted defence.  The dream is still very much alive!

The re-appointment of David Moyes saw the board swallow their pride after letting him go.

And the owners have backed him in the transfer market with a promise of non-interference with incoming or sale of players even when the lack of activity and such a small squad seemed baffling to supporters.

There is no doubt Moyes is the mastermind behind this latest Hammers revival but the board must take credit too for the success that everyone is deservedly enjoying.

There is an old saying ‘Credit where is credit is due!’



About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Board on verge on delivering pledge

  1. Joining the top six means more than one or two top six finishes, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The windows this summer and next are key if we’re to maintain and build upon what Moyes has achieved so far. If we can look back in 2025 and see we’ve qualified for Europe more often than not then I’ll be happy to offer GSB some praise. Until then, we’ve not yet reached next level for me!

    • Totally agree with this comment. Thankfully, while we’re nowhere “joining the top six” – what Gold actually meant by that, I’m not sure (top six league positions, winning trophies?) – we have a manager who is trying to get us to compete on the filed with the so-called bigger clubs. He’s the first manager we’ve had in decades that seems up for the fight and capable. Let’s not forget also that we have Moyes despite the Board getting rid of him in 2018. But let’s give them some credit for delivering some stability (for now) but no more than that (hopefully only for now).

  2. By the time West Ham can compete on and of the pitch with Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea etc it will no longer be a ‘Top 6’. Instead it will be a ‘Top 8’, with Newcastle very likely to make up the eight. For us to join the ‘Top 6’ means edging out one of the existing six. So who might that be? Man United? Arsenal? Spurs? No. None of them.

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