West Ham were knocked out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night against Manchester United but as they chase down Louis van Gaal's men for a shot at European football and with a new stadium on the horizon, the future looks bright for the Hammers.
It’s been an interesting few years in the Premier League with a number of mid-table teams establishing themselves as challengers for European qualification. West Ham have joined this collective thanks to a fine campaign under manager Slaven Bilic.
With the move to the Olympic Stadium on the horizon, Hammers fans would have been forgiven for being content with Premier League safety this season but they have pushed on to become real challengers for European qualification.
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Bilic has installed a ‘never say die’ attitude into the core of the team and combined with the individual quality from the likes of Dimitri Payet and even Andy Carroll later on in the season, wherever the Hammers end up come May, it’s been a successful season for the east London-based outfit.
At the end of the season, May 10 to be precise, West Ham will say a tearful goodbye to the Boleyn Ground or Upton Park as so many know it. The Olympic Stadium will become their new home and provide a platform for success moving forward.
West Ham really have won the lottery with the Olympic Stadium, especially after it was revealed this week it will only cost them just £2.5 million per year to rent the site used for the 2012 London Olympics.
It’s a far-cry from when the they were relegated back in 2011 but West Ham now have a platform to build upon with an impressive season under their belts, a possibility of European football, a fantastic arena to move into and a real feel-good factor engulfing the supporters.
It will be a sad sight for football supporters throughout England to hear “Forever Blowing Bubbles” for the final time at Upton Park but West Ham can truly say their club is moving into a potentially special era with an ever-improving football club, on and off the pitch.