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West Ham United: ExWHUemployee explains reason for schedule change

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Insider ExWHUemployee has revealed that West Ham United requested their upcoming game with Manchester City to be brought forward.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the Hammers game on May 15 at the London Stadium against City will be moved forward two hours with the original kick-off of 15:00 now being changed to 16:30 (UK time).

It turns out that the Hammers actually requested for the game to be moved forward a full day, but that was refused due to Sky Sports’ scheduling – though they found a compromise and moved it forward.

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As posted on The West Ham Way patreon page, Ex wrote: “Much to ours and many other fans’ frustrations the kick off time v Man City has been brought forward 2 and a half hours from 4:30pm to 2pm.

“I didn’t know the reason when recording the podcast earlier but have since found out that the club (West Ham) actually asked for this to happen.

“They asked for the game to be moved to Saturday but this was rejected because it had been chosen for Sky [Sports], so a compromise was to move it earlier and swap with the original 2pm game of Everton v Brentford.”

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This appears to have been a really big request from the higher ups at West Ham as fans didn’t take too kindly to it as was mentioned by Ex, so it may comes as some surprise for supporters to see that their side were behind it.

This will be the club’s last London Stadium game of the season and so plenty of fans will likely be hoping to make the Premier League fixture – especially as it will be captain Mark Noble’s final appearance in front of the home crowd.

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The London club are still in the Europa League and could well qualify for the final if they are to overcome their one goal deficit against Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of their semi final later this week.

If they are to achieve that, then they will play the competition’s final on May 18, just three days after this league clash. No doubt, this is why West Ham requested the match to be moved forward.

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