Friday, 22nd February 2019
Gold invited to anti-Board demo
Filed: Tuesday, 13th February 2018
Author: Staff Writer
David Gold has been offered the opportunity to speak to thousands of West Ham United supporters who intend to march against the Board next month.
The co-chairman, who has clearly been rocked by the level of support for next month's march responded to a message from organisers, the Real West Ham Fans Action Group in which it was suggested that the club had gone backwards under the ownership of Gold and partner David Sullivan.
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"10 years ago we owned our own stadium and everyone loved it," read a missive from the Group, posted on Monday morning. "10 years on our home has been knocked down and we now play in an athletics stadium that a lot of fans hate... progress at its finest."
Shortly before midnight last night (Monday), Gold responded to the tweet by claiming that West Ham United was on the verge of entering administration prior to his and Sullivan's intervention in 2010, when there were several parties interested in purchasing the club.
"Ten years ago the stadium was (for all intents and purposes) owned by the banks," he replied. "Just before we arrived the banks were demanding the club sell [Scott] Parker, [Robert] Green and [Carlton] Cole to pay down some of the debt, as the club had broke its covenant and was on the brink of administration."
And that response led to an open invitation from the organisers to Gold, who was asked to explain himself directly to the fans. "The fans want truthful honest answers," replied the Action Group. "This is our open invite for you to come and speak to the fans. Come and be a speaker at our march and tell the fans the truth."
Gold - who previously agreed to be interviewed by KUMB.com in 2010, but has rejected all attempts since to arrange it - is yet to confirm whether he will accept the Group's invite. West Ham fans will march in Stratford on 10 March.