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West Ham legend Bonds: It's not a football ground. A pitch like an island

West Ham legend Billy Bonds is unimpressed by the club's new London stadium home.

Bonds, who played for West Ham for 20 years and managed the club from 1990 to 1994, has now added to the criticism of the new stadium, although he has said that supporters should embrace it.

He told fans' website Knees Up Mother Brown: "I don't think it's a football ground. That's not to say I didn't moan about it when we were moving, but I didn't share a lot of opinions about it because we were going to move anyway, so it didn't matter.

"And it doesn't matter that it's not a football ground because we're going to be there for a long time. It's still our home.

"We don't own the place and there are a lot of problems with that going on, but its still where our team are going to play and if you're a West Ham supporter then you're going to embrace it.

"It seems strange. The pitch is like an island out in the middle. Slaven Bilic has to walk 20-odd yards to get to the edge of pitch and when you're sitting up high you can see a big trench where they've moved the seats. Arsenal built a new stadium but they're two yards away from the playing surface.

"I went to the Bournemouth game and I was sat behind the media. It just seemed miles away from the pitch and you couldn't get the atmosphere up there.

"'I'm not saying the fans weren't making noise - there was loads of noise there. It just lacks that bit of atmosphere of a football ground."

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