One of the frustrating aspects of being a paid up footie supporter these days is the grip that television companies have on the fixture list. For fans who need to make travel arrangements (and keep loved ones happy with their soccer obsession) the tendency for key games to be switched to accomodate tv is a real drag. With a cracking start scheduled for next season there is a strong likelihood that a host of Hammers games will be rescheduled and today Sky revealed that they will clarify their television plans on July 6th.
In the VERYWESTHAM camp, next season will see our first outing as fully fledged season ticket holders - something that despite all the unrest around the club since our move to the London Stadium is a positive that can be attributed to the Davids reign. However, trying to work attendance around the uncertainties of television (and Stansted airport) is a real challenge!
In September the home games against Chelsea (22nd) and Man Utd (29th) look likely to get bounced to different slots. At least come July 6th we'll have an idea about actual dates and times. They are games where the Pellegrini era can kick on. Returning to the Premiership from the riches of China can only be for footballing reasons and, in all honesty, so far the board seem to be finally delivering on resources. Keeping Arnie (and Antonio), sorting out Rice and giving Hernandez a system to believe in will be key tests ahead. With Manu out for the season we need creativity in midfield but there's a whole Summer ahead to sort that out.
Next season we can finally start to live the new dream!