West Ham co-owner David Gold has launched a defence of his time at the Hammers and assures supporters that he believes the club are still on the correct path, as per The Mirror.
Gold, alongside fellow co-owner David Sullivan and chief executive Karen Brady, have come under a lot of criticism as of late, with West Ham languishing in the relegation zone.
Since the appointment of David Moyes, the Hammers have only picked up the one win, with the Scot’s only victory coming in his first game against Bournemouth.
Speaking to reporters, Gold revealed that he has not taken a penny out of the club, and that all the supporters he has spoken to have been happy about the situation at the club.
We’ve now got a stadium which holds 60,000 from one which held 35,000. OK, we do understand that there have been difficulties with the stadium but you’ve only got to go back and look at what you had at West Ham .
When I was a boy as a fan, all I remember is a football club in the old second division, all my young life it was in the old second division.
At least it’s in the Premier League now. OK, we’ve got a few problems now, but overall we’re moving upwards.
It also depends on who you speak to. I spoke to a cab driver who drove me yesterday and we had half an hour talking and he was thrilled with the stadium. His kids love it, he was telling me the story about his day when he goes to a match. That’s fantastic.
But is he on the television? Is he in the paper? No. All that’s in the paper is the guy that wants to kill me or burn my house down. That’s the problem.
Gold also revealed that the club are still on track to reach their goals, even though some supporters are still unhappy about the move to the London Stadium.
You’d like to do it in five years, which we hoped would happen, but it’s not because we’ve taken all the money out and gone off to Barbados to sit in the sunshine.
I’ve not received a penny in salary or expenses from West Ham in 10 years. I know of owners or chief executives that are earning £3million a year… and more.
Several West Ham fans have taken to Twitter to react to Gold’s claims.
Twitter: @whufc_news Since 1958 we’ve spent 43 of the last 52 seasons in the top flight. West Ham being in the Premier Leagu… https://t.co/SVRfxQjpEr (@deanashtonsfoot)
Twitter: @whufc_news He is so delusional (@StuartDillon1)
Twitter: @whufc_news All I remember is a club in the 2nd Div, Wow! (@ANDAMA73x)
Twitter: @whufc_news Everytime the owners speak it just makes it worse
West Ham have been in the top flight for 80-90% of t… https://t.co/PJ4PiFTuto (@AzTheBaz)
Twitter: @whufc_news Last season of Upton Park-7th
Right now-18th (@Arthur_WHU)
Twitter: @whufc_news ‘Overall we’re moving upwards, via the championship’ (@Paddison93)
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