West Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold have broken their vow of silence to deliver a new pledge to fans.
West Ham’s owners have been infamous for the very public way they conduct their business.
It is a fact not lost on the club’s supporters over the years.
Last season Hammers fans were protesting against Sullivan, Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.
Angry at the way they run the club, many were demanding they sell up.
Fans were furious about a host of issues.
But the board’s conduct in public was a major bone of contention.
Since those protests in March Sullivan made a pledge to cease interviews, as reported in a meeting with the West Ham United Independent Supporters Association.
Sullivan took vow of silence to appease fans
In minutes – which were corroborated by Sullivan in the interests of fairness – sent to members following the meeting eight months ago, Sullivan took a vow of silence while admitting he was powerless to stop Brady continuing with her controversial column in The Sun newspaper.
“David Sullivan accepted that not all the press interviews he had made were helpful. And that both his sons had more or less stopped tweeting about the football club,” the minutes read.
“Some of the retweets of David Gold (were raised) and it was agreed these were unfortunate. David Sullivan said that he no longer will give interviews to the press.
“He stated that Karren Brady has a contract with the Sun independent of her contract with the club. And that Karren’s contract with the club allows her to write her weekly columns for The Sun.”
Owners make new pledge to fans
Well Sullivan and Gold have ended that vow of silence to make a new pledge to West Ham fans.
Speaking on the club’s official website the pair issued a joint statement reacting to news that West Ham can increase their capacity at the London Stadium.
And they also moved to reassure fans they are fully committed to making the team successful.
“This (the capacity increase) is fantastic news for everyone associated with West Ham United and London Stadium,” Sullivan and Gold told whufc.com.
‘We are doing everything we can’
“The atmosphere this season has been magnificent and this increase will only enhance it further, leading to an even greater matchday experience for our fans. It is important that we give as many of our loyal supporters as possible the opportunity to watch their team in the flesh.
“We are doing everything we can to grow and develop this football club, on and off the pitch, for the benefit of our supporters and our community, and maximising the full capacity of London Stadium is a hugely positive step forward for everyone.”
There were certainly no complaints in the summer when the duo sanctioned an unprecedented £100 million transfer spend.
That came after splashing the cash to appoint Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean is one of only three managers in the Premier League to have won the title.
West Ham will not grow if that kind of investment is not made on a consistent basis, though.
So it will encourage supporters to hear the owners are still hungry to push the club on.