West Ham United legend Tony Cottee has refused to rule out a role in a possible future takeover.
A large section of disaffected West Ham fans have been protesting against co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady this season.
Hammers supporters are hoping to force Sullivan and Gold to sell the club.
The relationship between the board and fans look beyond repair.
West Ham takeover talk resurfaces amid fan unrest
Reports that West Ham could be the subject of various takeover bids surfaced again last month.
Football Insider claimed that the Saudi Arabian-backed consortium that has been in talks to buy Newcastle United may switch attention to taking over West Ham.
“The Gulf Nation’s sovereign wealth fund have held detailed discussions over the last month about buying Newcastle for £340million but no deal has been agreed,” Football Insider said.
“City sources have told Football Insider there are growing whispers the Saudi group could target a sensational takeover of West Ham instead.”
Red Bull have also been linked with a potential takeover (Claret & Hugh).
Hammers legend knows all about ousting unpopular owners
One man who knows about overseeing a West Ham takeover bid to oust an unpopular owner is Hammers legend Tony Cottee.
Fans were desperate for Terry Brown to sell up when Cottee helped grease the wheels of the Landbanski takeover back in 2006.
The Icelandic ownership looked promising for a time as West Ham splashed the cash on star names.
But it was ultimately doomed after the Icelandic banking collapse in 2009.
Sullivan and Gold came in a year later. But 10 years on supporters are unhappy. They are angry at the way the club has been run with the move to the London Stadium a major bone of contention.
‘Never say never’
Speaking on Monday night, Cottee was asked whether he could get involved in a potential future takeover bid.
And the homegrown Hammer refused to rule it out.
“I was involved in Landsbanki takeover but obviously didn’t get a role at the club,” Cottee said on Twitter when asked whether he would get involved a new West Ham takeover bid.
“Never say never in football!”
I was involved in Landsbanki takeover but obviously didn’t get an role at the club….never say never in football! https://t.co/v9zxdpboX1
— Tony Cottee (@TonyCottee9) March 2, 2020