I know it has been a while since but, I cant stop thinking about that article that someone posted on here with his comments regarding his knowledge of football, and because he has spent so much time within the football industry he believes to know more than some managers. Think it was from his Birmingham days.
This for me is attitude is probably the most telling insight to our current problems. The man cannot help himself!
I have been watching English football all my life and was a community coach for West Ham, does that mean that I know more than some of the foreign managers in the Prem? Of course not.
Our club is now moulded in the image of this man, along with Brady's knowledge of rebranding and commercialism and it is hard to digest.
I don't want to make this personal however, from his interviews, general conduct and even the pics from his mansion, he is not to my taste. I believe to be successful you need to have the right support, but also to be challenged if your decisions are questionable. It appears outside in, that as majority stake holder he pretty much has the decision, and believes he knows best. I appreciate he will have some support, I imagine at least Gold and Brady play a part however, whatever they had planned for this club is not working.
I have no interest in his business portfolio, I only care about West Ham and in that sense he is failing. Sugar would have given him the finger by now...
Sullivan had taken ownership of this club, and despite the move, the bluster and the razzle dazzle we are actually no better off from his initial ownership. We are still in debt, we just owe the David's and pay day loaners.
All the noise about net spend etc. for me is further detriment for how badly he has run this club. The one summer we spent handsomely distorts the figures I believe and lets be honest, how many of our players actually hold a value?
We have spent so much money on old has been's, players in late twenties - early thirties that are in decline and have no actual value, along with the long put of Carlos Kickaballs. You could question the managers on the players they had identified and signed however, it reeks of Sullivan playing Football Manager (Joe Hart anyone?). Billic was desperate for Willy, and never got him. I would argue that we still need someone like Carvalho, Billic had that foresight ages ago but lets face it, a DM is not a 'image' position to sign is it.
I feel that there is a conflict in his plan, self interest and making a profit from the club and doing the bare minimum to tick the club along. If he truly believes that following the move he could get the club into the dizzying heights of the Champions League etc. then he has clearly failed miserably. To not know that the move would not really commercially benefit the club and enable the purchase of world class players would be borderline criminal. To state proudly that over four years a net spend of circa £200m is good enough to move home, despite a massive increase in TV money and player values, heck we spent nearly £100m on Anderson and Haller!