ExWHUemployee claimed that he has heard from very highly placed sources that rumours about Tripp Smith attempting to form a consortium to buy a controlling stake in West Ham are true. And some Hammers fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to those claims.
“Tripp is obviously one of the shareholders. He has basically looked to form a consortium. The people who I speak to, a number of very very well placed people who are close to Tripp tell me that there is truth in this. And I often get messages saying ‘I’m telling you there is truth in this Ex’. And they have often got things right in the past for me not to doubt them.”
If true, there could be extremely exciting times ahead for the Hammers.
Fortunes always hiding
The London Stadium faithful have been discontented with David Sullivan and David Gold and their running of the club for quite some time now.
Tensions have slowly simmered to the surface over the past four years since West Ham moved from Upton Park to the London Stadium in 2016.
And the Hammers fans were further incensed when the board chose to reappoint David Moyes in December 2019.
West Ham need genuine investment if they are to make real progress over the next five years or so.
And Tripp Smith seems to have the kind of clout that could take the east London club to an entirely new level.
The American is a managing director at the Blackstone Group, who acquired GSO Capital Partners in 2008 for around $1 billion dollars. And as of 2018, they manage more than $140 billion worth of assets (Wikipedia).
So were they to take a controlling interest in West Ham, the east Londoners would surely be able to compete with the big boys financially.
Some Hammers fans took to Twitter and delivered mixed reactions to the claims suggesting that Tripp Smith could be plotting a takeover of the club, however…
Smoke and mirrors time. I’m not doubting ex. I doubt the boards motives.
— Neil Fitzgerald (@NeilFitzUk) July 3, 2020
Please God !
— Farehamhammer (@FarehamHammer) July 3, 2020
Until I see that shiny yellow breaking news thing on Sky Sports News I don’t believe a thing 🤣
— Laura Nagle (@LauraNagle85) July 3, 2020
The 2 daves will probably loan the club 100m with astonishing interest rates so they bleed more money out of us before selling..
— Lukey (@Lreynolds21) July 3, 2020
i don’t doubt Ex. I believe that’s what he’s been told. but i just can’t see those two clowns selling up until they have bled us dry
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) July 4, 2020
— stagger lee (@OcStagger) July 3, 2020
— Tyler Lingwood (@TylerLingwood) July 3, 2020
This would make me so happy
— John (@0703jab) July 3, 2020
— DOC Savage ⚒⚒⚒🎪🎪 (@PLifesson) July 3, 2020
We just want someone with some common sense and an ideal of moving our club forward input some cash and find us a manager with some forward thinking IM SICK TO DEATH OF THE 3 WE HAVE RIGHT NOW THAT HAVE TOTALLY FOBBED US OFF YEAR AFTER YEAR AND REMOVED US FROM OUR HOME COYI
— kelvin page (@cabbiekelv) July 3, 2020