David Gold’s daughter reassures West Ham fans over intentions of new Czech investors after meal as club confirms big money deal.
West Ham have this week confirmed the deal to sell a 27 per cent stake in the club to “Czech Sphinx” Daniel Kretinsky (whufc.com).
According to reports the investment values West Ham at over £600 million.
Much has been written about Kretinsky and there is understandable excitement among West Ham fans.
Hammers News has previously reported the Sparta Prague owner’s net worth is around four times that of David Sullivan and Gold at around £4 billion – but he is also in line to inherit a large share of a £15bn empire.
But some supporters are – understandably given West Ham’s history of problems with owners from Terence Brown to the doomed Icelandic regime and GSB – cynical as to the motives of Kretinsky, who also owns stakes in companies such as Sainsbury’s and Royal Mail.
Those fans also point to Kretinsky’s relatively small net worth in comparison to many owners and investors at rival Premier League clubs.
And West Ham supporters have also noted criticism levelled at him from some Sparta Prague fans online.
As West Ham have seen in recent times, though, it’s not how much money you have but rather HOW you spend it.
As with any new owner or investor, supporters want to know their intentions are positive.
And Gold’s daughter Jacqueline Gold – who is CEO of Ann Summers – has reassured fans after meeting West Ham’s new partners over a meal.
David Gold’s daughter reassures West Ham fans over intentions of new Czech investors after meal
“Enjoying lunch with our new West Ham partners,” Jacqueline said on Twitter alongside a picture with her dad David, sister Vanessa and members of Kretinsky’s team including lawyer Daniel (left) and “new West Ham director Peter Mitka” at head of table.
“Such lovely people and so passionate about football and West Ham. COYI.”
Neither Kretinsky or partner Pavel Horsky were in attendance as Jacqueline explained the Czech billionaire did not arrive until the day after.
But West Ham fans will no doubt be relieved and excited to hear of Kretinsky and co’s passion for not only football but the Hammers.
It comes after the man himself outlined his passion when West Ham confirmed the deal that makes Kretinsky the club’s second biggest shareholder.
“I am passionate about football,” Kretinsky told whufc.com.
“I greatly appreciate and respect the exceptional history and tradition of West Ham United as well as its loyal and passionate supporter base and also the highly inspiring role it plays in many social programmes and initiatives.
“The development and growth of the Club in recent years has been clear for everyone to see and I am delighted to be part of what I believe is a very exciting future ahead.
“Having been to the London Stadium recently to watch David Moyes’ team, I know it is an incredible time to become part of the West Ham United family. I feel privileged to now have the opportunity to help everyone here build on the proud traditions of this great Club.”