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Confusion remains over board’s role in transfers

Confusion remains over the West Ham board’s role in transfer dealings following the dismissal of Tony Henry over racism claims.

The former head of recruitment by use of the word “we” when explaining he would not sign African players left the impression such a policy was supported by the club.

West Ham rapidly  denied that was the case insisting the board does not get involved in identifying potential signings.

And  Jacob Steinberg in the Guardian used the same words saying: “West Ham have denied that is the case, insisting the board does not get involved in identifying potential signings”

However,  in West Ham’s financial accounts dated 7th October 2016  vice chairman Karren Brady’s statement seemingly contradicted that saying of transfers “David Sullivan is in charge of this operation, and in effect takes a Football Director role in helping to select and negotiate all football transfers.”

Last Summer Brady told Sky Sports’ Debate show said:  ‘My chairman is working 20 hours a day getting very little sleep, taking phone calls, morning, noon and night.

He’s doing all of that to try and improve things for West Ham. It’s an incredibly stressful situation. I don’t deal with agents, my poor chairman has to deal with them’


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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

5 comments on “Confusion remains over board’s role in transfers

  1. Like the majority of West ham fans no one believes the 3 chairpersons in promises or what they have to say (they’ve lost the majority of the fan base like a manager when they lose the dressing room)

  2. Nice one Sean. Well, there is a glaring contradiction here. Lady Brady’s comprehensive statements about ‘the Board’s’ zealous engagement at the heart of the transfer process in October 2016 and summer 2017 is contradicted by ‘the Club’s’ post-Henry denial of any such Board involvement in transfers. More evidence, should it be needed, that our club does not have a recruitment planning strategy linked to a credible business model. It’s despicable that this should be the case in 2018.

  3. Pass the info on to the FA Sybil ! 😎 Teflon sully slipsliding away ?? Henry needs to give the FA the facts ? Surely ?

  4. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive

  5. A pertinent question to ask would be whether Henry signed an NDA when he left. An affirmative answer to that would probably tell us all we need to know.

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