David Gold has finally broken his silence over the summer transfer policy that has left the club in a huge striking dilemma…before handing the manager a vote of confidence!

Gold – in an amazingly frank question and answer session at a fans forum declared what most have been saying on Claretandhugh that the club put “all its eggs in one basket.”

And with Andy Carroll’s long term injury kicking in so soon afterwards, manager Sam Allardyce found himself with no back up having spent his entire kitty on the Geordie frontman and Stewart Downing.

Gold said: “I’m not sure that not bringing in a centre forward to cover for Andy was the best idea. It does mean we put our eggs in one basket.

“It’s a dangerous thing – not just in football but in life. We were concerned about the balance and we have come unstuck. We felt the squad wasn’t balanced and that’s still true.”

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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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