A new report has given an insight into the world of West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan right now with the club at a crossroads.
Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini is a man under increasing pressure as speculation swirls over his future.
West Ham have not won for seven games and were battered 3-0 by Burnley last time out.
The manner of West Ham’s freefall – and the back-to-back defeats against Newcastle and Burnley – has sparked calls for change.
Supporters and pundits have been rounding on the Chilean.
Pellegrini speculation rife
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson was shocked Sullivan and fellow co-owner David Gold did not sack Pellegrini after the Burnley debacle, read full story here.
Most fans believe the divisive owners are more culpable than the manager, though. But the chances of ousting them from the club anytime soon look slim.
The likes of BBC Sport claim West Ham are willing to give Pellegrini more time.
But reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee claims those close to the manager feel he will be gone soon, read full story here.
Agents doing their dirty work
West Ham have been linked with a host of managers since Saturday from Rangers boss Steven Gerrard to out of work Jose Mourinho.
Pellegrini has come out fighting despite the speculation, insisting he is impervious to media pressure (whufc.com).
But he had better hope Sullivan is equally impervious to pressure from agents too.
That’s because a new report from Football Insider has given a glimpse into Sullivan’s world at the moment. And it does not bode well for Pellegrini.
Sullivan ‘besieged’ with calls from agents
According to Football Insider, sources at West Ham have told them Sullivan’s phone has been ‘red hot’ all week with calls from agents putting forward their clients as replacements for Pellegrini.
That is despite the charming manager still being in the Hammers hotseat.
“A West Ham source has told Football Insider that Sullivan is being besieged with calls from agents claiming their clients can turnaround the club’s wretched run of form,” Football Insider claims.
“His phone is said to be “red hot” with suggestions from deal-makers. But he has no intention of acting upon them at this stage.”
If true, it is an example of the murky and underhanded world Sullivan inhabits with football agents. In many ways it is everything that is wrong with modern football.
Despite the supposed barrage of calls, Pellegrini is expected to be the manager when West Ham face bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium after the international break.