When a club’s owners are active on social media and speak often in public, I do not think it is particularly helpful.
Some people who own football clubs wear their heart on their sleeve when they try to connect with fans, whether that is in interviews or posting on social media. They don’t necessarily think about the weight of their words or how it might affect the atmosphere at the club.
David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady are all well-known figures who are not afraid to express their views.
They can do what they like, of course, and both Gold and Brady are active on Twitter. But they have to be careful what they post because West Ham fans will remember it — and will call them out on it.
Similarly, most players don’t want to read or hear about the politics of a club. You worry about it detracting from performances, while most managers in the Premier League are unwilling to put up with much interference.
I worked for a high-profile owner during my time at Fulham but Mohamed Fayed rarely dictated anything to managers. He liked to be around the place and you would be courteous enough to have dialogue with him — after all, he was paying our wages.
I do have some concerns about Slaven Bilic’s side, after their run of five straight defeats.
On the radio show I co-host on Thursdays, we had some callers saying they had had enough and would not be going to the London Stadium on Saturday.
Given West Ham’s position, and the importance of a game against another struggling team, I find that worrying. There is little confidence in the team, either. They are not creating enough chances.
People wonder what has gone wrong this season and there are a number of factors. Their best players haven’t always been fit. They have not adapted to their new home. Many of the signings have been poor and others haven’t hit the ground running. The Dimitri Payet saga rumbled throughout the winter.
They just need to get a couple of wins, get to the end of the season and do a proper job in the summer. This is a monster game. Lose it and West Ham really will start to worry.