Will OS AND Europe create a problem?

olympic-stadium-and-west-ham-badge-pic-pa-391417952We’ve been hanging on to the hope of European football for so long that what I’m about to say may seem like heresy.

This afternoon a victory for Manchester United at Wembley will see us with a Europa Cup spot but is it really such a great idea?

Quite beyond whether or not we have the squad strength for such an adventure, there’s a much bigger issue in my opinion and that’s the move to the Olympic Stadium.

Like many clubs before them the Hammers face a period of readjustment and perhaps in our case that will be even more taxing than it was on the likes of Southampton, Derby County, Sunderland and others.

I am perfectly happy – indeed hope – I may have got this entirely wrong and that the lads will take to life in Stratford like ducks to water under a manager we have all come to trust implicitly.

However, the luxury and splendour of the OS is a million light years from the homely romantic and unique Boleyn which has been part of our DNA for so many years and I think that adjustment could take a while.

I recall a Saints player commenting when the club moved to St Mary’s that it felt like playing away for much of the first season and that it was very difficult.

A European campaign in our first season at the OS may just be a step too far in what can become an exhausting Premier League and European schedule.

If it happens I trust Slav to manage the situation with his normal laid back aplomb but should we not make it into the Euro League I personally won’t be wildly upset.

Either way I am looking for another season of stability next term before we truly kick on into the 2017-18 season with our first OS campaign behind us.



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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “Will OS AND Europe create a problem?

  1. Well if Europa League football does come our way i for one will welcome the chance , and if the transition to the O.S proves problematical then i guess we won’t be in the competition long enough to worry about squad depth . A faint heart never won a fair lady and we will only find out how good we are or not, by dipping our toes into the water ! As for home games feeling like away games , some of our best form and results last term were away fixtures . Whatever happens next season , i am looking forwards with relish . COYI ( and M.U.F.C ! )

  2. It could be argued that a few early games against the top teams from Malta and Romania could help us bed in quicker at the stadium before the season proper starts. I think we need Europa to attract players plus maybe keep some of the fringe players happy with game time.

    • Good point Rum, our first match may be at Wembley if the OS isn’t ready anyway (at least thats what I hope)

  3. Let’s waits and see what happens in a few hours before we worry about this,
    But if Manure win then any ground that we are offered may be Wembley or The Valley ( they would love to see us play there )
    It will be all the same as we would not have settled in the OS
    With our team we are good enough to win playing 2 away games

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