Speaking to the official West Ham website, David Sullivan has admitted that he and fellow co-chairman David Gold have a good relationship with Tottenham’s Daniel Levy, despite the competition for the purchase of the Olympic Stadium.
Sullivan said: “I would like to say publicly that both myself and David Gold have an excellent relationship with Daniel and we greatly admire the job he has done at his club. We were competitors for the Olympic Stadium and both clubs had a different vision for the stadium, but the competition closed and we’ve moved on.”
In recent years there have been issues between West Ham and Spurs, mostly concerned with who would be allowed to move into the Olympic Stadium as their home ground.
West Ham won that competition, and Spurs are now pushing ahead with plans to build their own new stadium, and Sullivan has admitted that there is no ill will between the chairmen of both London clubs.
Sullivan has even claimed that he admires Levy and the work he has done with Spurs, making them a competitive Premier League side in recent years without breaking the bank.
He has hired a progressive head coach, and has looked towards improving the academy system to bring through a new generation of their own players, rather than have to go out and spend heavily every summer to stay within the chance of qualifying for Europe.
This is the kind of business model that West Ham seemingly want to replicate now, with their own ambitions of pushing for Europe in the coming years, and following in Levy’s methods could be a wise move for the Hammers.