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Duxbury looking ahead

Filed: Monday, 8th June 2009
By: Staff Writer

Scott Duxbury has been speaking about both his and the club's future in the wake of today's announcement that West Ham United FC had been sold.

Chief Executive Officer Duxbury - who has been effectively running the club for much of the season - along with long-standing Financial Director Nick Igoe has retained his position in the board reshuffle which saw the departure of Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson and second-in-command Asgeir Friedgeirsson following a troubled two-years of Icelandic ownership. The duo have been replaced by (Non-Executive Club Chairman) Andrew Bernhardt of CB Holdings.

"I am delighted to say that West Ham United has been sold in an agreement that will secure the long-term future of this football club," said Duxbury, speaking on whufc.com. "Change is always unsettling, but I believe the new owners led by Andrew Bernhardt will bring stability to West Ham United and I hope all our staff and fans will join me in welcoming them to our club.

"This will allow us all to concentrate on next season and beyond, with Gianfranco Zola, technical director Gianluca Nani and I working to build on what we have achieved. We are all committed to a long-term vision.

"We are playing great football, have our Academy at the heart of the club and are looking to the past to move forward in the right way. I can assure all fans that I will never lose sight of this. I am determined to bring success to West Ham United."

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the club has been sold for around 100million.

The 'CB' in CB Holdings is understood to stand for 'Claret and Blue', according to the Guardian. The group is owned by a consortium of creditors - Straumur (70%), Landsbanki, NP and Byr (30%) - and is understood to have been created for the purposes of purchasing the club.

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