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More stewards reveal OS fears

Filed: Wednesday, 7th September 2016
By: Staff Writer

Further stewards have come forward to share their tales of woe following the publication of KUMB's Olympic Stadium revelations.

Yesterday a former Boleyn Ground steward, who has moved with the club to Stratford, revealed that both they and a number of fellow OCS employees were considering resigning from their roles as a result of the numerous issues which have blighted West Ham's move to E20.

'Hammers4ever', who also used to work at the Boleyn complained that the feedback offered by stewards had been totally ignored by the stadium operators, LS185. "It's just and shame that both OCS and the stadium have not taken in what we have been saying from the start," they told KUMB.

"What make it worse for the old guard is that at every game we are told that we work for the stadium, not the club - and that what we used to do at the old ground will not do here.

"Hopefully they will find out soon that if it isn't broken, don't fix it! What we use to do at Upton Park worked. If we are having problems now, what is it going to be like when the big boys come to our ground?

"I hope the top staff at West Ham read this and start to put some pressure on both OCS and the stadium operators to sort it out. All this bad press could be avoided if you only put the club first; get the right staff in the right positions and let them do their jobs."

Another steward who has worked both grounds, posting as 'Esthameian' was also in agreement with our source's thoughts.

"Unfortunately, OCS do not seem to understand that stewarding at a Premier League football club is a totally different challenge to stewarding the many other kinds of events with which they are associated," they said.

"When stewards arrive for duty for matches at present - hours before they are actually needed - they are allocated completely at random to different areas of the ground for each game, so there is no continuity and no rapport built up with the fans.

"The majority of Stadium 185 stewards are 'mercenaries' who have no specific interest in the club or the fans. One I spoke to said 'I'm Millwall - I hate West Ham - but it's a job'.

"Unless something changes, and soon, I'll be off too - I just don't want to be part of such a shambles and possibly involved in a dangerous and tragic situation - I believe there is a real risk. Such a shame, but so avoidable."

Meanwhile a third steward told KUMB that they were on the verge of throwing in the towel, having become equally disenchanted at the situation. "I'll give them another couple of matches and if it doesn't improve, I'll quit," said 'another one'.

"I agree 100 per cent with every word the source quoted in KUMB's article has said and the other former Boleyn stewards I know all agree too. Some of them have quit already and everyone else I know is on the verge of doing so."

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