A West Ham insider has spoken out over the Karren Brady departure speculation amid reports of Birmingham return.
Sunday People journalist Neil Moxley – as also reported by West Ham Zone – speculated that Brady looked set to leave West Ham for a controversial return to her old club if the Laurence Bassini takeover is rubber-stamped.
Bassini is trying to complete a takeover at the Championship club and he took to talkSPORT on Wednesday (15 June) to confirm when his board of directors will be announced.
In the interview he confirmed West Ham co-owner David Sullivan is fronting much of the money for his £35m Birmingham takeover.
And journalist Moxley speculated Bassini had suggested in everything but name that Brady would be returning.
“There is going to be two chairmen that are senior football people, I’m not saying who I’m bringing in,” Bassini said on talkSPORT.
“I will name the board at a press conference and they will all be there. There is a woman that will be vice chairman that is a highly respected person. There will be a CEO with vast experience.”
Journalist Moxley felt sure it was Brady Bassini was referring to when speaking on Twitter.
“Sounds very much like it, doesn’t it? Vastly-experienced female with connections to (David Sullivan)?
“Points in one direction, doesn’t it?”
Now a West Ham insider has spoken out over a potential Brady departure amid reports of her Birmingham return.
The Hammers insider, speaking to Claret and Hugh, claims Brady will not be leaving and it was a case of Moxley putting two and two together and making five.
“Club insiders have this morning denied that West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady could re-join Birmingham City…” Claret and Hugh’s Sean Whetstone reports.
“The chances of Bassini winning the race to take over Birmingham is still debated as it is not a foregone conclusion.”
Some West Ham fans will be disappointed by the insider’s update having welcomed news Brady may depart.
Others will point to the fact Brady has – like the immensely unpopular Daniel Levy at Tottenham – merely been doing the job asked of her during her time at West Ham.
And in that regard – love her or loathe her – it would be remiss not to point out that West Ham haven’t done too badly over the last couple of years with Brady around, with the Hammers were named as the 16th most valuable football club in Europe.