|Job||xxxx Football Coach|
|Club as Player||xxxx|
2013 12 14 Retrieve
[David Sullivan expresses regret over permanent signing of Andy Carroll. West Ham would not have splashed out £15million on Andy Carroll had they known the England striker would spend so long out injured] Had we known he would be out for this long, we would not have signed him.
We are not a rich enough club to deal with that. You know any player can get injured, but we can’t buy a player knowing he is going to be out for half the season. When we signed him we were assured by the medical staff that the very, very latest he would be back was 1 September. That would have meant he would only miss two league games
[Sullivan retains hope Carroll will prove his worth for the club] If you ask me the same question at the end of the season, I hope I will be able give you a different answer and say ‘Yes, it was the right decision to sign Andy Carroll. He is a fantastic player and on his day he is unplayable. We love him and that is why we signed him. He is desperate to come back; he is sweating blood in training
[Sullivan acknowledged he was worried about the depths the Hammers have sunk to in Carroll’s absence] I am deeply concerned. Anybody who looks at where we are in the table and is not concerned are kidding themselves. I really believe Sam is the man for the job. If he wasn’t our manager he is exactly the type of manager you would be bringing in to be the manager. Where do you get someone better than Sam to do the job that is now necessary? If you asked me what kind of season Sam has had up to now, I would say ‘disappointing’. But let’s judge him at the end of the season. I think the Newcastle manager would have been sacked by most fans after a month of the season but now he is flavour of the month
2016 05 10 Retrieve
[Whilst I understand as a businessman you can’t afford to become emotional over too much, how difficult will it be for you to say goodbye to this grand old stadium on Tuesday night and what emotions do you expect to feel?] Great sadness, but I know within 12 months 95 per cent of supporters will realise it’s the right move. However, on the night it will be very emotional for us all. There might be more tears spilt than at any place in the UK at one time for a very long time
2016 05 10b Retrieve
[In the end, Manchester United as the final fixture could hardly be bettered. What sort of feelings do you have of the rivalry down the years and can you recall your best memory against them? How important is victory?] The best climax, but the way results went at the weekend we have to win to keep the European dream alive. The best win was the great escape win at Old Trafford and 40 in the Carling Cup at Upton Park a few years ago.
2016 05 10c Retrieve
[As a lifelong Hammer, is it possible for you to name your top club player and why?] It has to be Bobby Moore as I knew him and he was so modest and a gentleman. But Geoff Hurst, Trevor Brooking and Billy Bonds were all close seconds. It’s hard to separate great players
2016 05 10d Retrieve
[You were born a Cardiff boy, how did you become a Hammer?] I moved to Hornchurch, which was and is real West Ham United territory, when my Dad, who was in the Air Force, got posted to the Air Ministry. We lived in airport houses in South Hornchurch opposite the old aerodrome. The latter is now a housing estate.
2016 05 10e Retrieve
[Is it fair to say that of all your achievements taking charge of the club is your greatest and where do you think we can be in two years?] Yes, but we are only halfway to where we want to be. However, it’s very hard to compete with clubs. Like great corporate and brand support built up over decades, like Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United, or clubs funded by foreign tax zillionaires who pay no British tax like Chelsea, Man City etc. But if Leicester can do it, why not us?
2016 08 13 Retrieve
[David Sullivan recently voice his regret at signing Andy Carroll who has missed the entire Premier League campaign so far through injury] We are not a rich enough club to deal with that. You know any player can get injured but we can’t buy a player knowing he is going to be out for half the season.
2018 11 03 Retrieve
[The club’s co-owner feels that he and David Gold were badly let down by a lack of appropriate policing during their 3-0 loss to Burnley] The club’s co-owner feels that he and David Gold were badly let down by a lack of appropriate policing during their 3-0 loss to Burnley. Where were the stewards and police?
2019 12 21 Retrieve
[World Cup winner and West Ham legend Martin Peters has died aged 76] In many ways, though, Martin’s greatest legacy is not the World Cup medal itself, but the example that he provides to every young player who walks through the door of our Academy.
The word ‘legend’ is used all too freely nowadays. But Martin Peters is a true legend. A legend of West Ham United. A legend of world football. And his contribution to our club and our game will never, ever be forgotten
2020 01 28 Retrieve
[Joint-owner David Sullivan revealed staying in the Premier League was] an absolute necessity for the future wellbeing of the club.
[Sullivan’s statement, written in October when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge and the Hammers were pushing for the top six, added that] The principal business risk remains that of the football club being relegated from the Premier League with the serious financial consequences which follow