Sullivan's regret over lack of progress

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 16th January 2020

David Sullivan has refuted suggestions that West Ham has stagnated under his stewardship.

Despite telling KUMB as recently as October that he no longer speaks to the media, the co-chairman appeared in Thursday's Evening Standard's in interview with Ken Dyer, ahead of Saturday's anti-board demonstration.

And Sullivan brushed aside criticisms by insisting that the club had shown general improvement since he and David Gold purchased a majority share of West Ham United FC a decade ago this month.

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"Overall, I believe the club is in a far better state than it was 10 years ago," he said. "We have some regrets, including the appointments of some managers, but we feel that we have the right one now and we are confident he will do well for us."

And he reiterated Karren Brady's comments on Sky News earlier this week when he admitted the club had not developed as much he had hoped - while implying this was partly the fault of the last-but-one manager and most recent Director of Football he hired.

"I would like talk about what we have achieved on the pitch," he continued, "but unfortunately, despite our investment and best efforts, we have not made the progress we all expected under the club's most high-profile and proven manager, having brought in a director of football.

"What happens on the pitch is what matters most to our supporters and is our main focus. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and perhaps it was a mistake to have let David Moyes go the first time.

"The easy option this time around would have been going for someone new but we feel David is the right -manager for West Ham.

"Manuel Pellegrini, an appointment which was welcomed by the supporters, had won the Premier League with Manchester City but ultimately, despite being a good manager, he wasn't the best fit for the club."

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