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Karren Brady apologises and says board takes full responsibility for the mess West Ham are in

West Ham Vice Chairman has used her Sun column to apologise on behalf of everyone at West Ham and says the Board takes full responsibility for the club’s predicament.

Writing for the tabloid Brady Says “FIRST of all I want to apologise on behalf of everyone at the football club for what we witnessed last Saturday.

West Ham United is known around the football world for its history, heritage and, above all, its heart – embodied in supporters who have worn the claret and blue with pride from the day they are born to the day they die.Last Saturday at London Stadium we had planned a day of celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of our greatest ever player, legendary captain Bobby Moore.

What transpired instead became one of the most painful days in the history of the club. I want to put on record that the Board of West Ham United would like to offer our sincere apologies to the vast majority of our supporters who turned up to support their club, lots of them with young children who sat and tried to continue to support their team. I would wholeheartedly like to thank those who have sent in messages of support.

I also pledge to you that nothing – and I mean nothing – is more important to us now than ensuring that you are able to come and support the team safely when we play Southampton on 31 March and all future games. I would like to thank Sir Trevor Brooking for his close and full support, and to apologise to Bobby Moore’s family, including his daughter Roberta, for the fact the proud remembrance of her father’s legacy was marred. We are acting fast on the recommendations and findings of the Safety Advisory Group meeting which took place on Thursday following a series of emergency meetings called by the club.We are fully aware of the responsibility we have to guarantee our supporters’ safety, and nothing comes before that.

But let me be frank. The Board takes full responsibility for our predicament. Ultimately the table does not lie and just like the team we are judged on our position.Every fan has a view on players, manager and team formation but it is our job to put in place a structure that allows our players and team management to secure the necessary results.’

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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

6 comments on “Karren Brady apologises and says board takes full responsibility for the mess West Ham are in

  1. Finally someone with the balls to admit that West Ham are in this situation because of the board’s incompetency and I suspect ignorance and arrogance.Now they have recognised the problems hopefully they will do something to put it right.First off and I believe the most important,should happen in the summer with the next transfer window.This whole team needs a complete overhaul barring one or two players and with due respect to Hugill it is not gonna be successful with signing £10m players.Are the board ready to spend that sort of money?It appears nothing much can be done to the stadium so we have to lump that,but get a successful team on the pitch and the whole attitude and scenario changes.

  2. A good bit of `pr and welcomed, actions will speak louder than words, lets see what happens no matter where we are come the end of the season, no matter what I will continue to support our beloved irons, COYI !!!

  3. Brady says this, Brady says that. Same old, same old for me. Sullivan needs to apologise personally and Sullivan needs to tell us exactly what he will do differently going forward, starting with him having no involvement in future transfer negotiations, and ending with as assurance the lies and broken promises are all in the past.

  4. It’s a welcome statement but I think you need to re-read it and see exactly who she is appolosing to and exactly what for: the fans that didn’t protest and the board ‘is taking responsibility for’ the predicament the club is in. She is not saying they caused it, merely they recognise that it is their problem. But they would have to, wouldn’t they, as ultimately the buck always stops with them. I welcome the statement but beware the weasel words. She is, after all is said and done, a politician and they lie as they breathe.

  5. Totally agree with the above comments, I have to laugh though as all of the problems that have occurred have been as a result of very poor and dire management decisions…all the fans have done is let the cat out of the bag and told the world exactly how sh*te the club has been run since our move ..hopefully they’ll pull their damn fingers out and start doing things in the correct order ….but as is said above ….actions speak louder than words and a hell of alot of people are watching closely ..COYI ..

  6. Full of old tosh as usual:

    and no one more than our captain Mark Noble – the most recent in a proud line of deeply committed and passionate homegrown heroes

    The most recent is coming to the end of his career, where’s the next one?

    Over time you make it a home, decorating it to your taste in your preferred colours

    refusals to turn on Sky TV and allow us a claret track cover that was safe and was more acceptable to our supporters

    Any colour as long as it’s green?

    Some may argue that the money has not been invested well enough, but it has been invested.

    World class team in a World class stadium anyone?

    As for getting architects in to look at the seating what do they hope to achieve? Yes you may be able to get some seats a bit nearer but you will still have 30+ thousand fans in an Upper Tier that’s in a different postcode to the pitch.

    History will remember this Board as the one that destroyed West Ham. Our only hope lies with whatever Phoenix May rise from the flames.

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