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One more time for the WHISTLE posse?


Filed: Tuesday, 3rd October 2017
By: Staff Writer


A former member of the WHISTLE group has been revealed as a key member of the team working with City financier Amanda Staveley, who is actively seeking to take control of a Premier League club.

Lifelong Hammers fan David Bick was a member of the fan-led action group WHISTLE that attempted to wrestle control of West Ham United from former owner Terry Brown during the tempestuous 2003/04 season.



That bid ended acrimoniously when Brown opted on a course of litigious action, serving writs against all three main menbers of the group - Bick plus fellow WHISTLE members Mike Hanna and Barry Abrahams - after they questioned the Chairman's legitimacy and called for his resignation.

However KUMB has learned that Bick and his City-based Square 1 Consulting PR company are heavily involved with financier Amanda Staveley of PCP Capital Partners, who was spotted at Newcastle United last weekend and has been linked with a move for a Premier League club.

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The Dubai-based Staveley, whose company was involved in the 210million deal that saw Sheikh Mansour take over Manchester City via the Abu Dhabi United Group sat with the directors at St James' Park but has been linked with other Premier League clubs, including West Ham.

And given her close working relationship with Bick, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that a fresh move for West Ham could yet be on the cards.


Who were WHISTLE?

WHISTLE were a pressure group formed by a select group of season ticket holders in 2003, who sought to oust Terence Brown as Chairman of West Ham Utd as a result of what they perceived to be financial mismanagement.

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Brown responded to the group's missives and public meetings by issuing writs against three of its most prominent members, including Bick, having previously referred to WHISTLE's campaign as "an unwarranted and unnecessary distraction".

Legal action was subsequently dropped after Bick and fellow WHISTLE member Barrie Abrahams published apologies. Brown remained a controversial character until he sold his majority share in 2006 to Bjorgolfur Gudmunssson - who was himself declared bankrupt two years later, plunging the club into debt.

Brown - who borrowed 2m in order to buy a stake in West Ham during the early 1990s - made a profit in the region of 30million when selling his 36 per cent stake in the club some 15 years later.





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