Gold: Europe the aim

West Ham chairman David Gold has told Claret&Hugh that the club are looking to be reaching the heights of bringing European football to Upton Park for next season, following a successful summer of shopping.

”This is not a squad built to survive, we are looking upwards and I hope we can even be thinking in terms of Europe for our last season at the Boleyn,” said Gold.

”I’m an optimist and although the first results haven’t been great I believe we will now start moving forward. And of course come November we will have Andy Carroll back.”

There is no doubting the intent from the club now following the heavy investment made, which adds to the growing pressure already on manager Sam Allardyce, who many have called on to be replaced.

It is widely expected that Allardyce will be reviewed after 10 games this season, and with the club having only picked up three points from the opening three matches, including two home defeats, and an embarrassing cup exit at Upton Park at the hands of League One Sheffield United .. The pressure is most definitely on.

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