Some West Ham United fans are concerned that Jack Sullivan could be about to take over from his dad.
Co-owner David Sullivan is the majority shareholder at West Ham and has – bar 18 months where he employed Mario Husillos – also acted as a de facto director of football.
Last month The Athletic claimed that Sullivan, now 72, has been so impressed by David Moyes he has decided to take a big step back from transfers and recruitment.
Report claimed last month that David Sullivan had taken a step back from de facto director of football role
A large group of unhappy West Ham fans have been protesting against Sullivan, his fellow co-owner David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady for some time.
The trio have become commonly acronymed GSB as part of fan group Hammers United’s GSB OUT campaign to remove them.
On the pitch, though, things have improved markedly under Moyes with West Ham just one point away from recording their best ever Premier League season and sealing Europa League football.
It has long been suggested in West Ham circles that Jack Sullivan was being lined up for a big role in the main club structure.
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Indeed when Jack was just 10 years old, his father admitted that he was grooming him to build a West Ham United Sullivan dynasty.
So it is not unreasonable to think that running the women’s team is meant to serve as practice for running the men’s team.
And many West Ham fans believe that could be about to happen after Sullivan junior stepped down from his role as the MD of the women’s side yesterday.
West Ham’s official website proudly trumpeted Jack’s time in charge as ‘four years of unprecedented growth’.
It fairness it has been.
Having taken over in May 2017, then aged just 17, Jack built the women’s side of the club from the ground up.
He successfully applied for a licence to play in the top tier of the restructured FA Women’s Super League just a year later.
And the Hammers enjoyed a superb inaugural 2018/19 campaign in the WSL, securing a seventh-place finish and reaching the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley.
Many West Ham fans concerned Jack Sullivan is set for men’s role after serving apprenticeship on women’s side
But many West Ham fans fear the leap from the women’s game to the men’s side is too great – if indeed that is the plan.
The vision of experienced Scot Moyes answering to a 21-year-old may send shudders down the spine of many Hammers supporters. Or indeed the thought of Jack negotiating future player signings.
But by owning the club, it is Sullivan’s right to appoint who he wants, whether the fans like it or not.
And if Jack has the passion and drive to want to be involved in the running of West Ham then perhaps that is better than bringing in another Husillos or Gianluca Nani – remember him, one word, Savio.
There has been no suggestion from the club that Jack is set for a role in the men’s setup.
West Ham fans believe it is only a matter of time, though.
And many of them are worried about the prospect.