NZ-bound Gold sees Kiwi Hammer attack


davidgoldsummerJoint chairman David Gold heads the Hammers party which tonight flies to New Zealand declaring: “We all want to see a new attacking era and I think we may see it start here.

And he added: “Given the type of players we have bought this summer I believe that’s what we will see.

Speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh he said: “Who knows, we may even see 4-4-2. We have Mauro Zarate out there who can really excite up front.

“Sam’s first instinct will always  be not to lose and that’s fair enough  but has has more options than last season and I would expect he will play in a different way as a result.”

Gold is excited by the trip which sees Winston Reid return to his homeland where he is  a national hero.

And the joint chairman said: “There’s a lot of excitement in the country about the team appearing out there given that.

“Winston is a uiniversal figure in his own country – a hero – so it was very much a case of making sure the club took advantage of it.

“It’s important for us to build a fan base across the world. Some people seem to think money is a dirty word in football and that we should hold onto the purity of the game.

“That’s all very well but if we want success we need to generate cash.

“The Premier League is now a massive financial operation and the big clubs want as much of it as they can get because it generates success on the pitch.

“If we want top players at the club we need to generate cash to bring them in and its tours like this that can help in that direction.”

DG will be adopting the ambassadorial ‘meet and greet’ role while on tour with the lads.

He said: “It’s a long, long journey of about 23 hours but everybody is keenly looking forward to it.

“We will all be carrying the name of our great club with us and the lads will be setting the right example on and off the pitch.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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