The waters appear to have been muddied over West Ham United’s new kit makers.
Last week West Ham’s owners continued their charm offensive by offering fans a say in the club’s future kit designs.
The Hammers go into the last of a five year deal with kit maker Umbro next season.
The firm replaced fans’ favourites Adidas as kit manufacturers.
Speculation pointed to Nike deal
Speculation from SAB meetings with vice-chairman Karren Brady suggested Umbro will be replaced by Nike for the 2020/21 season.
A deal was believed to have been struck with Nike (West Ham World) as the sportswear giant aims to tighten its grip on London clubs.
But now Hammers insider ExWHUemployee, a reliable source of information on goings on at the club, appears to have suggested otherwise.
The Twitter and radio personality has hinted that in fact neither Nike or former kit maker’s Adidas will be the next kit supplier.
Mystery over kit maker after insider’s ‘hint’
That has led to speculation that the new kit makers could be the likes of Under Armour or Puma.
The Hammers hierarchy released a survey asking a series of questions about what fans want to see from future kits.
The survey, the results of which you can see on Claret & Hugh here, contained eight questions and the chance to make additional comments.
Umbro must go out in style for anniversary
The idea is that the fan feedback will influence design ideas when the new kit maker – whichever firm it may be – takes over from Umbro in the 2020/21 season.
Looking ahead to next season’s kit, Umbro will want to go out in style, quite literally.
The 2019/20 campaign marks the 40th anniversary of West Ham’s last major trophy triumph. The FA Cup final win over Arsenal in 1980 made West Ham’s white Admiral kit famous.
Commemorating such an important milestone is an unenviable task.