Finance expert gives his verdict on West Ham

Author of Price of Football Kieran Macquire spoke to Hammers Chat last weekend as part of the 24-hour charity stream to raise funds for Isla Caton.

The author claimed the move to the London Stadium has been worth just over £2m per year to the club saying it wasn’t worth it in financial terms while valuing West Ham as an ongoing concern as no more than £300m to potential investors wishing to buy them.

The finance expert said West Ham still have £65m of debt remaining of which £45m is owed to Gold and Sullivan adding that the debt was very manageable in his opinion.

Macquire listed a number of clubs who don’t charge interest on their shareholder loans including Brighton, Huddersfield and Middlesborough but also said he thought it was highly likely that the West Ham shareholders would defer the £45m they are due back in January 2020 to a later date.

Asked about Financial Fair Play Kieran said the main challenge for West Ham was the restriction on increasing the wage bill by no more than £7m per year but added they run a tight ship and their turnover to wage ratio remained around 60% which is seen as acceptable.

You can watch the full one hour interview below.

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

2 comments on “Finance expert gives his verdict on West Ham

  1. What was the point of selling our soul for an extra £2m a year? This move was sold as a way to compete with the extra income. More lies from SuGo.. Should have stayed at the BG & played in a football stadium

  2. It was interesting that our home got sold for 40m and flipped the next day for 60m. That seems odd to me.

    A fascinating interview for people like myself who don’t understand the finances and don’t even try to. Nice to have it explained in plain terms from a non West Ham fan with no reason to muddy the facts.

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