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West Ham suffers large cash flow black hole

West Ham are predicting a massive cash flow black hole of between £60m and £80m Claret and Hugh has learnt.

The Hammers continue to pay a staff payroll of over £10m each month while still paying £44m in instalments this year on players purchased under the Pellegrini/Husillos era adding another £3.6m of outgoings.

There is no income from the club store which brings in around £9m each year or around £750,000 per month.

West Ham would usually rely on season ticket renewal money this time of year to the tune of £23.5m putting much-needed cash in the bank. The Hammers would usually earn another £4m per year from general ticket sales and more still from corporate hospitality members many of which have paused their direct debits.

The Hammers were due to have four of their nine remaining games broadcast live on UK TV which would have earnt them an additional £4.8m in facility fees.

This is the primary reason the club has created a rights issue for existing shareholders including David Sullivan, David Gold, Tripp Smith, Terry Brown, Harris family and Karren Brady to inject cash in return for extra shares for something they already own collectivity.

The West Ham shareholders are taking their share of the pain in investing cash instead of loaning it with interest or borrowing from the banks.


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

One comment on “West Ham suffers large cash flow black hole

  1. It just goes to show that Premier League revenues are built on a house of cards and promises to pay subject to actually playing the games.It is clear that the current football model is just as exposed to outside external shocks such as the viral outbreak as the retail and airline sectors for example.

    Combined with relegation this season and it will financial armageddon , unless the owners of the relegated clubs are willing stump up even more cash, in the immediate hope of returning to the promised land .

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