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David Sullivan refutes rumours of a West Ham sale

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West Ham United's co-chairman  David Sullivan has responded to a Daily Express article claiming he and fellow co-chairman David Gold are looking to sell part of their majority stake in the club.

The article claimed Gold and Sullivan, who have been at the club since January 2010, want to re-coup some of their investment and remain on the board of the club, which they value at around £400 million.

Sullivan released a statement on the club's official website saying:  "It is no secret that both David Gold and I see our long term futures as custodians of West Ham United, we have never once viewed West Ham United as a short term project and plan to be here for many, many years, bringing further progress to the Club on and off the pitch, and success to our loyal supporters. It disappoints me to see an article published that is so utterly false."

This comes not long after the pair rejected a takeover bid from sports drink giant, Red Bull, who also own clubs in Austria, USA, Germany, Ghana and Brazil.

It also comes after increase criticism of the owners in the press. On 5Live, Jermaine Jenas and Alex Bruce criticised them for being an "open book" in transfer dealings. 

A recent FourFourTwo piece by Seb Stafford-Bloor agreed accusing them of making "bold promises" purely for "headlines".

There have been suggestion of holding protests at the London Stadium to force the two out, though these have not happened yet.

In 2009, Gold, Sullivan and Vice-Chairman Karren Brady left Birmingham City where they were very unpopular. So much so, Gold was actually banned from the club's ground. 

 

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