West Ham United wasted little time dumping director of football Mario Husillos during their recent struggles.

The experiment lasted all of 18 months as Husillos’s stock fell alarmingly over one or two questionable signings.

The hapless goalkeeper Roberto dominated the headlines during West Ham’s dismal three month spell which ultimately cost Manuel Pellegrini his job.

And reports quickly – and rather predictably to those who have followed the tenure of Hammers co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold closely – emerged claiming the duo had lost faith in Husillos (The Guardian).

Journalist Tom Kershaw even reported in The Independent that Husillos had been sidelined long before Pellegrini was axed. He claimed Sullivan had given his son Jack the remit of helping plan and conduct January transfer business.

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Dave junior on Portugal mission

Jack, the chairman of the West Ham women’s team (pictured with his dad at the top of this story), may well have been offering his input.

But now a new report has claimed that Jack’s brother and Sullivan’s eldest son, Dave junior (pictured far right above), is leading negotiations to sign one of the most promising young midfielders in Europe, Gedson Fernandes.

Indeed it was claimed in the summer by Football Insider that Dave Sullivan junior was sent to Portugal over the last 18 months to strike up relationships with various clubs and agents.

It is believed those relationships were central to the club finalising the signings of the likes of Mesaque Dju and Portugal Under-21 international Goncalo Cardoso, who joined in the summer.

And Dave could be about to pull off his biggest coup yet, securing the signing of 20-year-old Portugal international Gedson Fernandes.

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Is Sullivan’s son being lined up to replace Husillos?

West Ham have been in talks with Fernandes’s club Benfica and are said to be leading the chase to sign him on an 18-month loan deal with the option to buy.


Football Insider has again stated that Dave Sullivan junior has played ‘a key role in the club’s pursuit of Fernandes’.

So the question on the lips of West Ham fans is, ‘Does Dave want Husillos’s job?’.

Supporters will undoubtedly, and justifiably scream nepotism and question whether he is qualified for such an important role.

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Qualified? Justified? Gedson transfer a defining moment?

But if Sullivan junior succeeds in beating the likes of Manchester United to the signing of one of Europe’s hottest prospects, is that proof enough that he knows what he is doing?

The situation would not sit comfortably with many Hammers fans.

And it does have the potential to undermine the manager. After all – as is always the case in football – the buck stops with the manager regardless of who is signing the players.

It was recently reported that Sullivan senior intends to leave the club to his children rather than sell up.

Are we now witnessing the Sullivan brothers taking their first steps on the ladder to the boardroom?

If so the Fernandes transfer could be a defining moment.

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