ClaretandHugh can confirm that there were indeed “talks” but Gold told ClaretandHugh it was a routine meeting about team affairs and that there will be no departure before the end of the season.
The co-chairman told us: “I had an hour with Sam and I am sure the team will come out firing on Sunday with everybody bar Andy Carroll fit.”
With David Sullivan at his 97 year old mother’s hospital bedside at a critical time, any thoughts the board would pull the trigger on their manager at this time are wrong although the finger is undoubtedly poised.
West Ham – as reported here yesterday – denied that the manager had been sacked after reports had emerged on websites.
But it is now widely accepted that with his hunt for a replacement underway across Europe, the Irons will be posting an “under new management ” sign at the Boleyn for the start of next season.
ClaretandHugh can also confirm stories that the manager is not entirely in agreement with the board over the signing of former Paris Saint Germain striker Nene, 33 – a free agent – who is close to agreeing terms.
However, this is small beer in the great scheme of things with recent league results, the brand of football exit from the FA Cup and fan reaction creating the real tensions.
A parting of the ways seems inevitable with David Sullivan insisting again yesterday that no contract is on offer and nothing will be decided until the end of the season.