David Gold believes the summer transfer window may well have been the first step in the big clubs “looking over their shoulders” at West Ham United.
The co-chairman made his widely-publicised comment several weeks ago. But in an exclusive interview with ClaretandHugh today, he claims his point was widely misunderstood.
However, with the Irons transfer business now done and having won widespread praise, he reckons that as he predicted the bigger clubs are sitting up and taking notice of what’s happening at the Boleyn.
And he explained everything that’s happening at the club right now is to ensure that the last Upton Park season is remembered as being very special.
Wins against Arsenal and Liverpool away – plus the business carried out by the club – has left us looking a very interesting club indeed with Dimitri Payet winning plaudits and polls after just a handful of games.
And speaking to us, Gold said: “People got hold of the wrong end of the stick believing that I meant we would be challenging for top four place this season. Nice thought but it wasn’t what I meant.
“I think what we have done so far in winning those two away games and our activities will send out a message to clubs above us.
“Maybe ‘looking over their shoulder’ gave the wrong impression but they will certainly be taking note of what’s happening at this club. I’m sure of that.”