Boleyn board will stick with ‘Brit’ bosses


GoldandsullivanWest Ham United’s co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are unlikely to ever appoint another foreign manager during their Upton Park reign!

ClaretandHugh can exclusively reveal that whilst Sam Allardyce remains on a managerial tightrope at the club, should he fall off, he is almost certain to be replaced by another Brit.

Co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are proud of their ‘Made in Britain’ Hammers brand which usually sees a majority of home grown players in he team.

And they intend, if possible, to maintain the tradition of keeping a Brit at the Boleyn Ground helm having already ruled out a move for the hotly fancied Michael Laudrup.

The pair have only ever appointed one ‘foreigner’ as boss – Avram Grant – during their time in charge at both Birmingham City and the Hammers –  a policy they are unlikely to enact again.

ClaretandHugh revealed on the evening that former  AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri was named in the Italian media as having been offered a two years contract at the club, that it was highly unlikely to happen.

And today the London Evening Standard confirmed our exclusive quoting an insider as saying that ” If we were thinking of making a change it wouldn’t be him. We will look at things at the end of the season, as we always do.”

ClaretandHugh has also revealed that a full board meeting will be held at the end of the season when the position is likely to be high on the agenda.

But David Sullivan – who expressed his disappointment with the campaign at Tuesday night’s annual awards dinner declaring that at times he has cried – can, if he chooses, overrule the other directors on any decision should he choose to.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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