Wesr Ham duo will be remembered as men who saved club


By CandH blogger The Cat

The old saying too good to go down isn’t something that I will ever say again, but when I looked at our squad, that is exactly what I saw.

Don’t get me wrong, I also had serious doubts at one stage, but at a point I was forced to remove my emotion from the equation and look at our situation logically and objectively.

I may be one of the few, but I have never underestimated or dismissed the money, hard work and graft that Mr Sullivan has put into our club and probably 90% of those making dismissive comments would NEVER have put their money into the club that they support.

Yes, he is a businessman, but football business isn’t a business in the true sense as it involves big investment along with big losses and the need for great passion without great reward.

But my take on this is that as a businessman he has the in-depth knowledge of HIS business and employees> Therefore, he would be in the best position to know what issues were responsible for our form and league position.

As far as I understand, Sullivan (and probably also Kretinsky) have a good working relationship with Moyes, so this probably accounts for the faith that they have held in him. Weaker owners would probably have pulled the plug on him easily before Christmas.

Long before Moyes arrived at this club, I have believed for some time that at a club like ours, we need long-term stability to grow and move forward and as painful as it was at the time, I now realise why we had to leave the Boleyn Ground.

Only someone with vision and cojones could see this and in years to come Mr Sullivan and the late Mr Gold will be known as the men who saved our club. Which is now MASSIVE by the way.

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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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  • tugboatpete says:

    Well said i will be forever grateful to the two David’s for saving our club from the debacle that was gudmunsson yes there’s been a few mistakes but they were honest ones from the heart -we were very lucky to have them both as owners and west ham supporters – if i get the chance to thank mr sullivan personally i would leap at it .

  • Hammerforlife says:

    C&H back to being apologists for Sullivan? What a shame. As for people “NEVER” putting their money into the club, I wasn’t aware that my season tickets, replica shirts, etc etc were free. Where do I get my money back?

    • Not at all but this of course was entirely predictable and expected from somewhere despite unanimous agreement before it. We have been entirely opposed to Moyes for months as u should know, have said so and told the board but unlike the prejudiced we are prepared to say when we are wrong. No more responses to this nonsense.

      • Hammerforlife says:

        Fair comment. My apologies Hugh.

        • Very gracious. Thanks mate. Whilst it is important for news purposes to have board contacts we now make it clear to him when we disagree both by stories and by e mail. Fair play to you Hammerforlife. Apologies are a sign of real strength. We try to stay balanced mate.

  • Clive says:

    Totally agree with the Cat. Weaker and less wise owners might well have pulled the trigger on Moyes and left us as a club in crisis but they didn’t. Not only will Moyes have appreciated that but also the players and now they are starting to pay back.

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