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Paul Merson launches defence of West Ham owners but he's badly missing the point
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Paul Merson launches defence of West Ham owners but he's badly missing the point

Paul Merson stuck up for the West Ham United owners, when speaking on Sky Sports News today (1:33pm, May 1, 2021).

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Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold are far from popular at the London Stadium.

They risked the wrath of the West Ham faithful by moving us from Upton Park to the London Stadium way back in 2016.

Most of us reluctantly accepted that move because Sullivan, Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady made a succession of promises regarding the potential of the club due to the increased financial muscle that would be created from the new stadium.

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Those promises and bold pledges ended up lacking substance, however.

Many West Ham fans feel as though they have been lied to and led down the garden path.

Paul Merson defends West Ham owners

There are some fans who appreciate what the Hammers owners have done for the club. They stepped in when our previous owners were on the verge of bankruptcy of course.

There aren’t many West Ham fans who back the board. But there are some.

Paul Merson lent his support to Sullivan and Gold, comparing them favourably to the Arsenal owners. Perhaps it’s a case of better the devil you know?

Merson told Sky Sports News today (1:33pm, May 1, 2021):

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“It’s not like Mr Gold and Mr Sullivan. They turn up at West Ham every week whether they win, lose or draw, how bad it is, and they have to take all that stick like they did a few years. These live a million miles away.”

Merson is right, the Wets Ham owners do always turn up and watch our games.

That’s it though. At no point should either of them be given any credit.

They have ripped the heart and soul out of our club.

Gold and Sullivan are expected to sell up in 2023 when there would then be no windfall tax due to be paid to the London Stadium owners.

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All we can do is sit tight and wait it out. As a football club we have a very bright future.

West Ham will never be able to realise out potential as a club though until Sullivan and Gold sell up. It really is as simple as that.