GSB are going nowhere anytime soon in a crushing blow to Daniel Kretinsky’s West Ham takeover hopes claims a club insider.
Kretinsky arrived at West Ham last November amid much excitement as he became the club’s second biggest stakeholder having purchased 27 per cent of the Hammers for around £150m.
There have been widespread claims since from the likes of The Evening Standard that Kretinsky will look to eventually complete a full takeover at West Ham.
That pleased a large section of West Ham supporters who wanted majority stakeholder David Sullivan, fellow co-owner David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady to leave.
The trio have had a difficult relationship with West Ham fans over their 12-year tenure. And bridges have been irreparably burned between the boardroom and certain sections of the fanbase.
There was talk Kretinsky would sell up at his other club Sparta Prague and go all in at West Ham.
But the Czech Sphinx – valued at over £3bn in the latest Sunday Times Rich List – recently committed his long-term future to Sparta.
Asked whether his attitude toward or relationship with Sparta had changed since buying into West Ham, and whether he intends to sell, Kretinsky replied: “The answer to both questions is simple – not at all,” (KUMB).
And now Sullivan and Gold have done the same with the Hammers.
Because GSB are going nowhere in crushing blow to the Kretinsky West Ham takeover hopes claims a club insider.
Website Claret and Hugh have direct links to the West Ham boardroom.
And they claim to have been told that West Ham’s future is very much Sullivan and Gold even beyond the expiration of the London Stadium embarrassment clause next year.
“Any chance of a full Daniel Kretinsky West Ham takeover next year is now looking very unlikely…” Claret and Hugh state.
“Our understanding is that GSB intend to remain on the board and although David Gold may be prepared to sell some of his shares at some stage he certainly won’t be letting them all pass into Kretinsky’s hands.
“Sullivan is hugely unlikely to sell any of his which also confirms that he has no plans to take control of his former club Birmingham City.
“It’s far more likely that things will remain very close to the way they are now with Sullivan continuing as the largest but NOT controlling shareholder.”
Hammers News suggested previously that Kretinsky may only be at West Ham to make money and see a return on his investment.
We pointed out that just one day after his deal to buy 27 per cent of the Hammers for £150m was confirmed in November, it came to light that the Premier League was in line for a record breaking TV deal – since confirmed – which would see Premier League clubs make an extra £500m each over three seasons between now and 2025.
That would see Kretinsky effectively double his money.
But now it seems Kretinsky won’t be able to complete a full takeover at West Ham even if he does indeed want to.
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