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Kretinsky reveals January plan

Daniel Kretinsky has revealed that the Hammers do not intend to spend big in the January transfer window.

The Czech investor has the ability to bankroll a huge transfer spend should he want to, but he has confirmed that he would prefer to evolve the squad gradually as opposed to splashing the cash over a short period of time.

Indeed, Kretinsky has revealed that he has been burned by doing that before, with Sparta Prague, and says he does not plan a repeat in east London.

Moyes, as we know, is keen to sign both a striker and a central defender in the January window, and while he will be backed to that extent, there is not likely to be cash flying around in east London.

Writing in the London Evening Standard, Kretinsky said: “We have come to support the club but — so as to manage supporters’ expectations — that doesn’t mean big spending in the January transfer window. I’m hugely impressed by the work of David Moyes and his team who have improved results over a long period of time. This gradual evolution is, in my opinion, the most healthy way to build a strong club on a firm basis and with the right attitudes and culture.

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“I speak from experience. We tried to rush the development of Sparta Prague a couple of years ago and the results were disappointing. Improving the quality of the squad is great, of course, but we prefer a gradual way that preserves and protects the ethos of the club and its values, including team spirit.

“Success demands that the focus should be just as much on the academy as on the first-team squad. Again, the world-renowned academy was a great attraction of West Ham.”

This is surely positive news, with the Irons in safe hands, instead of those of an excitable maverick in the transfer window!

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2 comments on “Kretinsky reveals January plan

  1. Reading Daniel Kretinsky’s comments is good news all around. It seems that his attraction to West Ham and his reasons for investing in us has much to do with Moyes’s vision of our club. Kretinsky’s interview tells us a lot about himself, his genuine love of football and his understanding of our club and Academy.
    But it is Moyes’s vision which everyone at the club from the Chairmen right through to the supporters has brought into. As supporters, we have always cherished our Academy products which is in our DNA and it is great to see the Academy producing players again. Moyes has restructured many things behind the scenes which are now paying dividends. Having the U23’s training alongside the first team, they can now see what it takes to play at a higher level and with that, their progression through to the first team.
    At the moment all I see is the whole club singing from the same hymn sheet and everything Kretinsky has said, echo’s that fact.

    • This is great news. Kretinsky used splashing the cash at Sparta Prague as an example but we could have pointed to the failed Pellegrini era when we threw away more money than Moyes has seen in his entire tenure. Signings like Anderson and Haller did nothing for our values or team spirit either. I would rather see Moyes nurturing through academy players as he did with the four lads he took to Rapid Vienna yesterday than splashing the cash. If you spend big on players there is also then a pressure to play them, as there was with Anderson, even when they are not performing and means there are less opportunities for young players to come through the system. No Moyes is doing an amazing job and it seems like the West Ham hierarchy are realising that the best thing they can do is to stand back and let him get on with it.

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