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The West Ham owners poll

West Ham board’s popularity appears to have reached an all-time low during  a winter of discontent which has seen one issue after another beset the club.

Many supporters are saying they have now had enough and want the board out or a change of ownership at West Ham.

The practicalities are somewhat difficult and the chances of the West Ham owners resigning from the board are very slim while they remain the majority shareholders.

Likewise insisting they sell up is only possible if there is a willing buyer waiting in wings to buy up the club.

So our Claret and Hugh poll asks the question whether David Sullivan and David Gold should follow the lead of Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley by putting West Ham United up for sale on the open market to invite buyers to bid.


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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

35 comments on “The West Ham owners poll

  1. Thanks Sybil 👍
    Brighton to start the ball rolling 😎 fingers crossed . 😈

  2. Not sure if its just me but couldn’t get the vote button to work, anyway it is a tentative no from me, if people come in that can genuinely sustain growth for us then it would be a yes because there are clear limits to what DS/DG and KB can do with us, a leopard doesn’t change its spots and we are unlikely to be buying many superstars with them at the helm.

  3. Then vote yes 32 ? Its a poll not a given ! Imagine we could ? And there is a moneybags out there for sure ? What does you’re heart say 😉

  4. Its all down to money simple as that.Look at the leaders in europes top leagues ie Man City,Barcelona,Bayern Munich and PSG,Between them they have all pretty much sewn up their respective leagues by Christmas.If you want to challenge you need multi billionaire owners who are willing to spend ludicrous amounts on the top players available whilst the rest who are not at the top table pick up the scraps and if they are lucky pick up a gem out of the blue along the way like Leicester did with Vardy when they won the prem but that is as rare as Sullivans wallet when the next round is due.

  5. Of course they should.
    I haven’t seen any other team sold for £650mill, the amount Sully told us was offered not too long ago, so assume the interested party is still out there 😂😂😂😂😂😂PMSL

  6. Thing is Mary the money they would lose before their alloted time before they could sell will not be any time soon ? 2 years I think left ? Sybil will know the score on that one ! 😉

    • Of course they should.
      I haven’t seen any other team sold for £650mill that Sully was offered not too long ago, so assume the interested party is still out there 😂😂😂😂😂😂PMSL

      It’s a sliding scale Laz.
      The longer they maintain ownership, the less they’ll have to repay to HMG.
      The amount repayable is also calculated on the sum they sell us for’ MINUS DEBT, I believe.
      If we had no debt and sold for, say, £300mill, they’d repay a percentage of that. However, if we sold for £300mill whilst still £100mill in debt, they’d repay a lower percentage as it’d only be on £200mill.
      Ever wondered why our debt level hasn’t reduced (even if it is only to them)?
      And believe it or not they could, theoretically, sell-up in 48 days time, being 5 years after our agreement was signed.
      They won’t, of course, but we can pray🙏🙏

  7. I hope we don’t see protests at matches, all it does is to have an adverse affect on the team. We are in enough trouble as it is.

    • Have to disagree the board are having an averse affect on west ham and I would take some bad performances if it ment them going away to ruin another club…never known owners who were liked at first and turn there fans on them with blatant lies…why did we listen ..as someone else said ,,, the Boleyn died for this rubbish.

  8. Vote button doesnt work

  9. So can someone register my vote as a yes cos basically the word is well abd truly out in the football world about our owners. Nobdy wants to work for them i.e. players nobody wants to do business with them so there is no way of reaching this mythical next level with them around. Plus they dont love the club.

  10. Poll button does not work a bit like West Ham board get rid coyi

  11. Go to home page , scroll down to poll and vote ? It worked for me 😉

  12. Only a 70% disapproval rating?
    I hope Sully’s paying decent overtime to his minions.

  13. Took ur advice laz worked voted cheers

  14. I wouldn’t mind Red Bull taking us over- as long as keeping our name is on the contract. Most sporting businesses they own have Vastly improved – RB Salzburg, RB New York, RB Leipzig. I see their listed revenue is €5 billion. What do our owners make? According to Wiki Gold is worth 450 million ans Sullivan 1 billion- peanuts really in today’s football world.

  15. Let’s show some respect for each other’s view eh chaps? We all want what is best for the club. I was happy with their first six years but since then they have made mistake after mistake. They are losing support to such an extent that, as at Newcastle, it is becoming bad for players, fans & the whole club.

    I would just like them to come out & be straight with us. If what they have done ( or NOT done ) in the last two windows is part of a strategy that they convince me about it might be a ‘no’.If they really don’t have the resources to get us to ‘stable PL ‘ standard (I am not interested in CL b******* thanks) then they should admit it & ‘do an Ashley’. That’s a ‘yes’. It is a big step. I don’t want us to end up like Man C & definitely not Cardiff or Charlton but that is not racist! I don’t want us to be Blackpool with rubbish UK owners either. And yes I know you can’t be sure who you will get- that’s the problem for me. My own feeling is that the owners are now focused on this ‘family legacy’ idea. I think they have lost touch with us the fans & I think they are finding the financial demands too much. If they or somebody else could convince me I am wrong on that I would go ‘no’. But on balance I think I am voting ‘yes’ but with a heavy heart.

  16. Probably gonna get pelters for that view but I have a question for those hoping for a Man C solution. Do you really want us to be a London version of them? Ok two questions! Do you not think it is obscene watching them buy up every decent player they see? I watched a couple of their home games & they don’t even start singing until the goals start flying in. They all just sit there like load o dummies, or kids waiting for thei dummies. Not for me. No never.

  17. We dont have to be a version of anything,just owners who dont mug off fans with lies while pocketing vast sums of money

    • I agree Dan ..get to the March with t.r.w.f ..nice peaceful protest to get them out ..the Burnley game ..anyone who thinks they are doing a good is kidding themselves IMO.. They are stripping this club down ..I.d take a rich Arab over these idiots any day of the week …makes it even more annoying when they are supposedly “west ham supporters” other clubs care also refusing to do business with our board so I think that says it all

  18. Seriously??
    Get rid of the owners??? ….. madness

  19. Madness to get rid of the owners, they go to every game.. how many do that? one of them is very accessible via twitter – how many owners do that? ok so they might have been over enthusiastic is their predictions of CL football – but I suspect that’s because they are fans. Nothing is perfect in this world and at least our clubs is owned by English, and Londoners at that – and when you think about it how many clubs in PL are owned and run by locals?

  20. All interesting and valid views above.

    For me the issue is that the promises made in the run up to the stadium move were at best ridiculously optimistic, or at worst simply disingenuous.

    Bearing in mind the serious lack of depth in our squad AND all of the injuries going into the Jan window, the lack of business is desperately worrying. For the club to make a net profit in a window when every interested party knew we had to reinforce, is simply staggering.

    The owners have been particularly quiet since it closed and they clearly aren’t going anywhere.

    Perhaps folks’ opinions will change if we stay up.

    • I very much doubt it Marko.
      I think the damage has been done and is irreversible, as a lot of fans (of course I can’t speak for everyone) simply don’t believe them anymore.

  21. Vote button doesn’t work.

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