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Eggbert Nobacon 3:28 Thu Jan 16
Sullivan speaks - Standard Interview
David Sullivan interview: We've got to make more progress at West Ham

KEN DYER

David Sullivan today admitted West Ham have made insufficient progress on the pitch in the decade since he and David Gold took over.

Just days before their 10th anniversary as owners, Sullivan has told Standard Sport he has regrets about some of the managers the pair have appointed in that time.

Sullivan also said Manuel Pellegrini, sacked last month, “wasn’t the best fit for the club despite being a good manager” and that “perhaps it was a mistake to let David Moyes go the first time.”


Moyes, who guided West Ham clear of relegation on a short-term deal in 2018, has been re-appointed on an 18-month contract following Pellegrini’s exit.

West Ham are in 16th in the Premier League, the same position in which they found themselves when Sullivan and Gold took over on January 19, 2010.

Sullivan said: “I would like talk about what we have achieved on the pitch but unfortunately, despite our investment and best efforts, we have not made the progress we all expected under the club’s most high-profile and proven manager [Manuel Pellegrini], having brought in a director of football [Mario Husillos].

“What happens on the pitch is what matters most to our supporters and is our main focus. Hindsight is a ­wonderful thing and perhaps it was a mistake to have let David Moyes go the first time.

“The easy option this time around would have been going for someone new but we feel David is the right ­manager for West Ham

“Manuel Pellegrini, an appointment which was welcomed by the supporters, had won the Premier League with ­Manchester City but ultimately, despite being a good manager, he wasn’t the best fit for the club.

“Overall, I believe the club is in a far better state than it was 10 years ago. We have some regrets, including the appointments of some managers, but we feel that we have the right one now and we are confident he will do well for us.”


Sullivan and Gold talked about a ­seven-year plan to reach the ­Champions League when they took over but that ambition seems as far away now as it did back then.


The Hammers host Everton on ­Saturday just one point above the ­relegation zone and this week vice-chair Karren Brady said the board are “haunted” by their failures this season.

West Ham’s net transfer spend is more than £200million since they moved to London Stadium from Upton Park in 2016.

The club have almost doubled their home attendance capacity since then, which has helped promote them into 18th place in Deloitte’s list of the top 20 richest clubs in the world.

https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/west-ham-david-sullivan-interview-progress-a4336281.html

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Any Old Iron 3:29 Sat Jan 18
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irisiris95 8:12 Thu Jan 16

Who the fuck do you think you are insulting a legend like that.
Sir Trev is an all time great and he doesn't deserve a cunting off from some no-mark on here.

By the way, he's none of those things you accuse him of, he's just a bit of a fence sitter who never likes to upset people.

Steven P 12:39 Sat Jan 18
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He isn’t.

Johnson 12:31 Sat Jan 18
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He is.

Steven P 12:29 Sat Jan 18
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Johnson 11:26 Sat Jan 18
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Except he isn’t, is he? As was pointed out to you the other day.

And before you start the borefest. No I don’t support the board and no I don’t want them here.

Bishopsfinger 11:46 Sat Jan 18
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Of course they aren’t they are now in for nothing with a secured loan. Plus taking millions a season for just staying in the premier.

The only way they will go is a few seasons in the championship and once they have stripped as many assets as possible. At the moment apart from a small hiccup of league position all is rosey and the league position they have dealt with before.

Takashi Miike 11:41 Sat Jan 18
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go to the comments section of the protest story on C&H and that old puppet cunt says as much, they're planning on going nowhere any time soon

Johnson 11:26 Sat Jan 18
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No no no Barty, we’re not stuck with Sully till he dies or fucks off.

We’re stuck with Sullivan JNR as our Director of Football until that scumbag family are driven out of the club.

He’s already playing at the role, the little Count Duckula cunt.

Bill W 11:19 Sat Jan 18
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We don't own our own ground
We play in a stadium not fit for purpose
Our badge is a fucking toy town abomination
Our team is shit
We've just bought an injured goalie, to replace our injured one
Our injured goalkeeper was rushed back because he wouldn't pay the money to keep Adrian and we got a clown in to replace him, free of course
We are in very real danger of going down
We have ONE centre forward worthy of the name
Our training facilities are league 1 standard
Don't even start on the full back/midefield sitation

Yeah, great job Sully, keep up the good work

Bill W 2:01 Sat Jan 18
Re: Sullivan speaks - Standard Interview
Julian spoke out against the Bond Scheme. Oh for him now

Russ of the BML 2:25 Fri Jan 17
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WHU(Exeter) 6:22 Thu Jan 16

Fair point.

Barty 12:11 Fri Jan 17
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Even blames the director of football Husillos, I guess that means we are stuck with Sully as the DOF until he dies or fucks off

Nothing about his incompetence and refusal to spend on full backs and centre midfielders

Barty 7:51 Fri Jan 17
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hahahaha yeah let´s just blame the managers !!! FUCKING IDIOT

GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE CLUB SULLY

Sven Roeder 9:31 Thu Jan 16
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Read it briefly on the way home

A load of delusional self-serving flannel topped up with eye popping nonsense.
Only mea culpa of sorts is to lament some manager choices but that comes across of criticism of the managers not being up to it and no acknowledgement that the ethos and culture they create means that NO manager could succeed in bringing sustained success.
The common factor is them and after 10 years it’s clear they have no expertise required to develop and build a team and club.
They are clueless short termists with their eyes solely on their personal gains.
A cancer on the club that will kill it if not removed.

irisiris95 8:12 Thu Jan 16
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D E L U D E D

muskie 8:06 Thu Jan 16
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Brooking is a nauseating collaborator. He was Brown's poodle as well.

I haven't forgotten how the cunt backed the bond scheme. Fuck him.

the straw 7:29 Thu Jan 16
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They always include wages in these figures.

Literally nobody else does.

But they do.

ATBOG 7:25 Thu Jan 16
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https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/west-ham-united/transfers/verein/379/plus/0?saison_id=2019&pos=&detailpos=&w_s=

have a play around with that lily and it adds up to around £125mil.

Mike Oxsaw 7:24 Thu Jan 16
Re: Sullivan speaks - Standard Interview
Overall, I believe the club is in a far better state than it was 10 years ago" = "We get far fewer complaints from our neighbours on match days".

Lily Hammer 7:20 Thu Jan 16
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200 million is supposed to be Net Spend since they arrived, I think, but I read somewhere that it’s actually 125 million. I’m not sure what is the truth, but it’s not hard to imagine Sully being as economic with the truth as he is with spending on developing the club.

Bishopsfinger 7:14 Thu Jan 16
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Spent 200million but how much after sales? Does anyone know ?

Lily Hammer 6:38 Thu Jan 16
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Bricking his little leopard skin Y-fronts.

Why so scared?

Even though most going on Saturday want him out, the primary meaning of this demo is simply to be recognised and heard when we ask him to deal with us fans with transparency while being held to account; by us, not Ken Dyer.

What’s so scary about honest and frank discussion?

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