West Ham co-owner David Gold has once again affirmed he is at the club for the long haul.
West Ham co-owner David Gold has re-affirmed he and business partner David Sullivan are at the club for the long haul.
He was responding to a supporter on social media who had called them out, suggesting they simply wanted to make a profit on the club.
The suggestion irked Gold, who has been joint chairman of West Ham since 2010, and plans on leading the Hammers into their new adventure at the Olympic Stadium.
This is the club's final season at Upton Park, and the owners want to lead the club into a new era, and he maintains they have no intention of selling up, asking the fan just how sure she really was of her belief.
Talks cheap, are you prepared to gamble your house on the fact we will sell to a rich Arab in the next 3 years. dg https://t.co/NHyrW7WGRF— David Gold (@davidgold) October 14, 2015
This is an exciting time at West Ham, but in three years the Hammers will be two seasons into their new home at the Olympic Stadium, enough time to judge early on if ticket sales, pricing, and overall planning of the project has been a success.
A billionaire could always come in and offer far over the club's value, with a bid Gold and Sullivan feel they need to consider; but the co-owners deserve the benefit of the doubt that as fans of the club themselves they want what is best, and would not knowingly put West Ham in a position where their future is at risk.
Fears of disinterest, profit focus above football and eventual sales can spread where owners fail to engage with fans, as with so many foreign owners at Premier League sides, Arsenal and Manchester United for instance, West Ham should be pleased they have an figure like Gold who is willing to slap down such suggestions before they can gather pace.