Filed: Sunday, 28th June 2009
By: Staff Writer
Last week KUMB.com sat down with CEO Scott Duxbury for an exclusive interview on all things West Ham.
The session, which ran to almost two hours covered a diverse range of subjects and has been split into four parts - all of which are available now - as follows:
Part One: training ground; the Boleyn Ground; Stratford 2012; local transport infrastructure; marketing; Kia Joorabchian; Megastores; kit; sponsorship.
Part Two: club accounts; Straumur; potential investors; 2008/09 transfer spending; Eggert Magnusson; player loans.
Part Three: current transfer news; Alan Curbishley; BG/Terry Brown; the Tevez affair; Sheffield United; Scott Duxbury.
Part Four: 2008/09 player sales; current squad issues; Tony Carr; scouting network; The Project; spin; Gianfranco Zola; future hopes.
Click here, to begin.
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09:21PM 29th Jun 2009
''Brillant interview. Well done. I can't wait for the season to start now!''
by Lewis Erentrauts
02:32PM 29th Jun 2009
''This gives us fans a much better insight to the way the club is run, and should be run, very interesting reading. Thanks once again KUMB...keep up the good work.''
by Tell it how it is Charley
12:57PM 29th Jun 2009
''I think you went too easy with this guy on the financial aspects. Duxbury states that there is no club in the Premier Leaguep that makes a profit, that's not exactly true. However, if you haven't the Russian mafia behind you how long can this continue?
Also can the big money that is pumped into the game by TV revenues be sustained in light of the ongoing problems with the economy and the Government's 50% tax bracket on "high earners"? It's often been reported that most clubs will have to pick up the extra tax themselves putting extra pressures on the balance sheet.
He paints a picture that everything is now rosy; I think that is very far from the truth. Should this banking crisis take a turn for the worse (the betting is that it will) West Ham still face the very real prospect of bankruptcy.
IMO I think bankruptcy is only a matter of time for the club. When a club is £60m-£70m in the red and makes absolutely no profit how can you value the busines at £120m-£150m? I think the warning signs are there that the PLC is in grave danager when the acountants take forever and a day to pass off the accounts. If this was a normal listed company on the LSE or AIM you wouldn't touch this stock for love nor money.
BIG, BIG questions about the financial director, Duxbury and the whole board including the banks who lent West Ham the money. You should have stuck the picture of Duxbury dressed as 'Comical Ali'. A team like West Ham needs a wage structure. There are many things in Duxbury's financial statement that give me very serious cause for concern. ''
by Colin Willett
11:56AM 29th Jun 2009
''I felt enormous pride when reading some of that interview. I even got goosebumps in certain parts!
I really like the way the team is going forward and that GZ has a lot of say in the players he wants and his influence in pulling those players in.
I always dread it when the fixtures come out and I did this year. After reading this article, I feel more optimistic and I look back and think “What was I worried about?”
The future’s bright, the future's Claret & Blue!''