Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has criticised those currently in control of West Ham United, following the passing of 10 years since the arrival of businessmen David Sullivan and David Gold in east London.
The Hammers have seen their club move from their Upton Park home to the London Stadium in Stratford during that time – a decision which Jordan bemoaned the handling of, while noting his dislike of Gold when describing their relationship throughout their years in football. Speaking on TalkSPORT, Jordan showed sympathy for the West Ham faithful as he spoke about their current owners in less than glowing terms.
He said: “I’ve had many a scrape over the years with Sullivan and Gold. I don’t mind David Sullivan, I don’t particularly like David Gold – I think that their knowledge of football isn’t that great and I think their attitude towards Birmingham was one thing and their rocking-up at West Ham was another.
“They made themselves look silly in the past when they’ve said they’re going to spend money and they haven’t, they’ve not managed the relationship with the fans the way they should do because there was a big move to the Olympic Stadium and the fans didn’t like it and they needed to have handled it better.”
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Fans have illustrated the apparent discord between the supporters and the club’s owners. They recently slammed David Gold’s recent comments about the move to the London Stadium, while there has long been a feeling of discontent surrounding what Gold had described as ‘the best thing we’ve ever done’.
A protest against the owners took place at the weekend, which hardly suggests things are well at the club, and with West Ham’s stadium move failing to usher in a period of success, it is easy to see why so many fans are disgruntled. Having not reached the heights of their last season at Upton Park which brought European football, it seems there is some way to go before the supporters change their feelings about playing at the London Stadium.
And with the club far from safe in the Premier League, it seems the owners have plenty to answer for.
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