Concern as Czech football expert makes claim about billionaire Daniel Kretinsky that will seriously worry David Moyes and West Ham United fans.
Life is sweet for everyone associated with West Ham right now.
The Hammers secured their fifth straight victory in all competitions when they beat Aston Villa 4-1 on Sunday evening.
That consolidated West Ham’s place in the Premier League’s top four.
Moyes’s side are in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and are also one win – possibly even just one point – away from sealing top spot in their Europa League group and with it a place in the last 16.
There has also been excitement around the impending announcement that Czech billionaire Kretinsky is buying a 27% stake in the Hammers.
Sky News reported that Kretinsky – who owns big shares in Sainsbury’s and Royal Mail – is in advanced talks to acquire the stake in West Ham from David Sullivan and David Gold, with a view to a possible full takeover in the future.
Reports have suggested Kretinsky’s investment will give West Ham more money to spend on players in the January transfer window.
Czech football expert makes claim about Kretinsky that will seriously worry Moyes and West Ham fans
But Czech football expert Jiri Hosek, who was the former Czech Radio correspondent in Britain and host of a Premier League podcast – has made a claim that will seriously worry Moyes and West Ham fans.
In an interview with Radio Prague International, Hosek says Kretinsky is famed for meddling in team affairs at his other club Sparta Prague.
“He is a very passionate owner. I think that getting involved in football matters to him at the club level more than would be desirable,” Hosek told Radio Prague International.
“There are some very dramatic stories being told behind the curtains about his involvement in choosing the line-up, the coaches and discussing the team’s tactics…
“That’s the case (that Moyes might face an intervention in his tactics). There is a fantastic story that has been circulating in Czech football for quite some time.
“Sparta Prague was apparently seriously considering hiring Jindrich Trpisovsky, the manager of Sparta’s Prague rivals Slavia. Mr Trpisovsky had a lengthy meeting with the Sparta Prague owner in his office in downtown Prague.
“Mr Kretinsky was simply not convinced that coach Trpisovsky had sufficiently explained how his full backs, while they were attacking, would return to their defensive positions quick enough. That was allegedly the main reason why the contract fell through.
“So this is the way in which Mr Kretinsky is involved in running the club, something that is not very common in the Premier League.”
With Rob Newman on board as West Ham’s head of recruitment, Moyes will be vehemently against any interference. He has worked so hard to assert full control of the football side of the club, with Sullivan and Gold taking a big step back.
As the old saying goes don’t fix what isn’t broken.
Should Kretinsky even think about meddling in team matters he would undoubtedly get short shrift from Moyes. Surely he wouldn’t dare upset the applecart with West Ham doing so well?
The deal has not even been officially announced yet so let’s hope there will not be any repeat of the billionaire’s alleged actions in east London if and when he does arrive.