West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has revealed on Twitter that the club’s ambition is to finish eighth by the end of the season, but fans are having none of it.
Slaven Bilic’s side had a dismal start to the campaign, losing five of their opening six Premier League fixtures.
There were early concerns of a potential relegation battle, but since the beginning of December they have improved slightly, picking up 21 points in total.
In recent weeks, though, results have not gone to plan having recorded two draws and two defeats, which has left the Hammers 11th in the table with 10 games left to play.
In the final stretch of fixtures, Bilic’s men will take on top-four challengers Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, while relegation battlers Leicester City, Hull City, Swansea City and Sunderland are all due to face the East London outfit.
Gold – as he so often does – responded to a fan on Twitter, claiming that the team’s aim is to finish inside the top eight.
Nice to hear from you Julie. Every one at the club is aiming for 8th which would not be to bad considering all the issues this season. dg https://t.co/6Y7BzToy2V
— David Gold (@davidgold) March 14, 2017
Plenty of fans disagreed with him, though, predicting that the club will fall short of their target.
Currently West Bromwich Albion occupy eighth and have a seven-point advantage over West Ham.
@davidgold 8th ? The issues were mostly all self made the main being the lack of quality players coming into the club last summer
— ⚒Olly⚒ (@oljay99) March 14, 2017
@davidgold i would love us to get 8th but lets be realistic we ain't nowhere good enough. Id be happy just to get to 40 points
— Wayne Phillips (@West_Ham_Wayne) March 14, 2017
@davidgold your dreamin ain't?? you 8th without playing a RB be surprised if we finish in the top half
— Jay Woolward (@JayWoolward) March 14, 2017
@davidgold you still on that drink . The way we are playing there is no way we will come 8th 10th at best mr gold
— ⚒ ian ⚒ (@ianlatimer80s) March 14, 2017
@davidgold We'll finish between 9th and 13th . Spend some proper money this time on real quality this summer please otherwise same again
— Jarrod J Steel (@BecontreeHammer) March 14, 2017
@davidgold There's positive thinking and then there is papering over the cracks in what has been pathetic season, on and off the field.
— Neil Thompson (@LordThompson94) March 14, 2017
@davidgold i think we will.lucky to geach 42 points and that will be about 14th
— Stephen Snell (@sgasnell) March 14, 2017
@davidgold David you are so deluded we will be lucky to scrape 10th the way we keep going ????
— 父 George Karby 父 (@GeorgeKarby) March 14, 2017
@davidgold 8th, you are deluded, be happy just above the relegation zone this season
— Chris (@west_ham_mad1) March 14, 2017
@davidgold There's no way we'll be 8th with this set up.
— Brian Rennie (@babooshka56) March 14, 2017