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Andy Carroll delivers emphatic verdict on West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold despite uncertain future
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Andy Carroll delivers emphatic verdict on West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold despite uncertain future

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West Ham United striker Andy Carroll faces an uncertain future but that has not stopped him having his say.

It has been something of a rollercoaster ride since David Sullivan and David Gold took over the club in 2010.

The duo are adamant they rescued the club from certain administration following the doomed Icelandic ownership.

Many West Ham fans see them as opportunists.

Others feel they have done a reasonable job.

There have been more lows than highs in the nine years under their tenure.

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Protests made an impact

Angry protests saw their relationship with supporters hit an all-time low last season.

Fans were unhappy with a long list of issues including broken promises over the move to the former Olympic Stadium and transfer spending.

The protests certainly got a reaction. Sullivan and Gold ripped up their recruitment process, splashed the cash to hire title-winning manager Manuel Pellegrini and backed him with an unprecedented £100 million in the transfer market.

There have also been renewed efforts to make the London Stadium more “West Ham”.

Many supporters remain unconvinced.

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Carroll backs Hammers owners

But star Andy Carroll, whose contract is up in the summer, has backed the duo and says West Ham are heading in the right direction under their stewardship.

“The gaffer has come in and changed a lot of things around (the club) with the players he’s brought in and the tactics he’s using,” Carroll told

“With the money the chairmen have spent as well, the club is only going one way.”

Cynics would suggest Carroll’s comments praising the manager and owners might be conducive to earning the two-year extension option in his contract.

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Credit where it is due

But the big Geordie has never been one to mince his words or tow the party line.

Credit must be given where it is due and the Hammers have been massively improved under Pellegrini.

It was the kind of ambitious appointment fans wanted to see and they are being rewarded with a distinctive style of play.

West Ham have their identity back under Pellegrini and with more astute recruitment look like they could be a real force in years to come.

For that the owners must take some credit. Whether Carroll will be part of the ride remains to be seen.