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Tony Fernandes situation at QPR proves Sullivan and Gold were better for West Ham after all

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Eight years after launching a takeover bid for West Ham United Tony Fernandes has taken a big step back at the club he did end up buying, QPR.

West Ham fan Fernandes has stepped down as QPR chairman with Amit Bhatia taking over immediately, as reported by Sky Sports.

It means Fernandes takes a big step back while remaining as a co-owner, with Gnanalingam becoming the new vice-chairman.

They may be on opposite sides of London but QPR’s predicament and the situation surrounding Fernandes will be of interest to Hammers fans.

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Two London clubs, poles apart

Back in 2010 West Ham co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan beat Hammers fan Fernandes in the race to buy the East London club with the latter ending up at Queens Park Rangers instead.

Many supporters wanted Fernandes over the two David’s.

But the proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

Here West Ham sit in the Premier League.

With Manuel Pellegrini as manager.

In a 60,000 seater stadium, even if it is far from perfect.

And looking forward to an exciting season after spending over £100 million in the summer.

Meanwhile, QPR languish in the second tier having just last month agreed a £42m settlement for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

The club were also fined £17m and accepted a transfer ban for the January 2019 window, while paying a further £3m in legal costs.

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Sullivan and Gold the better owners after all

It has been far from plain sailing for Sullivan and Gold at West Ham.

Protests were the result of a festering resentment from Hammers fans towards Sullivan, Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.

That has been quelled for the time being by the decisive action taken this summer on and off the pitch.

Football fans always want more.

And West Ham fans were calling for more ambitious owners just a couple of months ago.

Indeed some still are.

But it seems things could be a lot worse, just ask QPR.

With Fernandes as the alternative, it appears Sullivan and Gold were the better owners for the Hammers after all.

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