Skip to the content Home .:. About .:. Biography
Name Karren Brady
Gender Female
Ethnic xxxx
Job West Ham Vice Chairman
Desc xxxx

Affiliation

Org West Ham

2011 04 16 Retrieve

[Karren Brady says Benni McCarthy was a ‘big, fat mistake’ for West Ham United] Benni McCarthy was a big fat mistake. West Ham were in desperate haste for a striker to help avoid relegation (again) and we bought him for more than £2 million only to have to repent at leisure.

Rather than the super scorer we hoped for, we acquired a super size, a player devoted to filling his belly more than filling the net.

As time went by he grew bigger and bigger and although in time he made a great effort to slim down, he’d passed the waistline of no return. A total of 14 games, 11 of them as a sub, and no goals, isn’t a statistic on which to base confidence in the future. So we cut our losses and let him go

[Brady highlighted the large amount of money McCarthy’s troubled stay cost the club, and the vice-chairman, compared him to Fernando Torres who has failed to score at Chelsea since joining them for £50 million in January] When he comes to see me to sign the paperwork, he apologises for things not working out and gives me a hug. The overall cost to us is more than £5 million but in such circumstances you just have to say ‘no hard feelings, not everything in life goes the way you want’. sIt could be worse as across the river Fernando Torres at £50million, remains as thin as two yards of pumpwater and has not scored either

2016 10 05 Retrieve

[West Ham respond to Brady ‘no culture’ comments] Getting the culture right, being in a place where something is expected of you. That wasn’t there when my chairmen took over

I was honoured to be invited to take part in the Leaders Sport Business Summit, where I was delighted to take the opportunity to speak about our unique football club.

West Ham United has a strong heritage and culture that are unique, not just in English but European and world football – characteristics that my joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold recognised, first as fans and, since 2010, as owners and custodians of this special club.

Those same characteristics are, I told the summit, the thing that sets West Ham apart and what has made us so attractive and special to supporters beyond our core UK fan base. As I said, its not the stadium that makes the club, it’s the supporters.’

That we have grown to be one of the biggest 15 clubs in world football is down to a wide variety of factors, all of which are rooted in our loyal, committed and ever-growing fan base, which now stretches across the globe

2019 08 19 Retrieve

[Karren Brady on Daniel Sturridge] For all that his years under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield have been a wasteland, he can at least boast a Hollywood pad and a Pomeranian dog from his pickings

Is Sturridge, as Jordan states and Klopp’s whole attitude implies, a poor team man? He certainly comes across as sulky and an unlucky loner. It is an impression emphasised by his short stay on loan at West Brom in January 2018 where he lasted two matches and three minutes of a third before limping away, goal-free, back to Liverpool where his final headline was for a betting offence last month

I can’t help feeling sorry for him although he appears to have brought many of his problems on himself

2020 03 14 Retrieve

[West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady calls for Premier League to be cancelled] No escaping the fact now, football in England is entering its most devastating period in 75 years. There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the EFL, as well as the Premier League, will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play the games can’t go ahead. The PL hopes that an interlude of three weeks from today will enable it to restart but that may well be dreamland. So what if the league cannot be finished? As games in both the PL and in the EFL are affected, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void. Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the games have not actually been played in full? A huge blow to Liverpool who might be robbed of their first title in 30 years. This will be discussed between the PL and the clubs next week at an emergency meeting

2020 03 14b Retrieve

[Karren Brady believes the entire campaign should be ended with no teams declared champions or relegated] No escaping the fact now, football in England is entering its most devastating period in 75 years. There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the EFL, as well as the Premier League, will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play the games can’t go ahead. The PL hopes that an interlude of three weeks from today will enable it to restart but that may well be dreamland. So what if the league cannot be finished? As games in both the PL and in the EFL are affected, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void. Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the games have not actually been played in full?

2020 03 15 Retrieve

[West Ham vice-chairman Brady defends ‘null and void’ Premier League comments after backlash] There is no dodging the possibility that all levels in the EFL, as well as the Premier League, will have to be cancelled and this season declared null and void because if the players can’t play the games can’t go ahead

The PL hopes that an interlude of three weeks from today will enable it to restart but that may well be dreamland.

So what if the league cannot be finished? As games in both the PL and in the EFL are affected, the only fair and reasonable thing to do is declare the whole season null and void

[But Brady defended herself on Twitter on Sunday, saying] Everyone agrees that LFC deserve to win the title.

The Premier League and EFL are doing all we can to ensure the season is finished. Including suspending games, isolating players, and if required playing games behind closed doors and into the summer months

My point was safety of fans, players, staff come first and if the remaining games just cannot be played the only fair and reasonable thing is to declare [the] season null and void

Who knows who would have gone down or come up if the PL/EFL games have not actually been played in full?

2020 03 28 Retrieve

[Brady admits Liverpool all but own title] It is a paradox that at a time football would be a great comfort to millions, it must not be played because, rightly, people’s health is our priority. What is going on in our country and the world is unprecedented and the game is not a necessity – like food or healthcare. But to millions upon millions of us, football’s disappearance from life is very relevant indeed. So, we all want it back in a hurry.

There’s the Premier League to be decided although, obviously, not the title – which is all but owned by Liverpool. But neither the Premier League nor the EFL have finished this season’s games. Plus, there is the FA Cup, continental leagues, European competitions, European Championship and almost everything in between.

The next Premier League meeting is on Friday and the main topic of conversation will be when games can restart. When we - all Premier League clubs - last spoke, we agreed to get going again as soon as possible. And that games will run into July, if req­uired, to get this campaign finished. This is the plan. This is what we want to deliver.

[Brady also revealed eight West Ham players went into self-isolation after showing mild symptoms of the virus] Players are currently not in training and housebound to comply with social distancing rules currently in place until April 13, when we expect training to restart. And following further Government guidelines, we have eight West Ham players in isolation. Although I am relieved to say they are all showing mild symptoms and, along with their families, seem to be well.

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[Vice-Chairman Karren Brady said] I would like to say a big thank you to David Moyes and his backroom team, our captain Mark Noble and our fantastic squad of players for the commitment and determination they have shown to offer their help and support.

I would also like to thank the shareholders whose support through this injection of equity once again demonstrates their commitment to the future of the Club.

The Joint-Chairmen and I are truly proud of how they and everyone at the Club has stepped up to play their part in this situation – we are in it together to support one another, our community and our Club. That is the spirit of the West Ham United family.

There is still a long and difficult road ahead but we remain committed to doing everything we can to support those most in need, and together we will come through it stronger

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady insists that deferring players’ wages is a necessity, otherwise clubs will go out of business] There is no matchday revenue, no sale of season tickets for next season, no retail outlets open and online retail businesses have closed as it is not essential work. With no date for restarting the league, this is having severe financial implications.

Bearing in mind the majority of the broadcast revenue goes to pay the players’ wages it is unthinkable that the PFA don’t seem to understand this. They seem to suggest that the players taking a pay cut means the money somehow goes into the owners pockets which is totally ridiculous.

I applaud Andros Townsend’s tirade against people who make players out as ‘villains’ just as I dislike the PFA claim that a pay cut settlement will ‘only serve the shareholders’ interests’. The PFA may believe its responsibilities end with the players but they really don’t, they owe a great deal to the structure of professional football as well.

No one wants to be having pay cut discussions with anyone because no one wants to be in this position.

It is a global pandemic and extremely serious. And without any revenue - and no games being played - how on earth do we ensure the ongoing business survives? And, take it from me, unless a pay cut is put in place a number of clubs will be ruined

This is not an easy time for anyone and we are not immune to the fact this will affect each of them differently. I wish there was another way but, without income and matches, there really isn’t. I for one will take the same cut as they will, after all we are all in this together

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[West Ham players agree to defer wages as Moyes and Brady accept 30% pay cuts] I would like to say a big thank you to David Moyes and his backroom team, our captain Mark Noble and our fantastic squad of players for the commitment and determination they have shown to offer their help and support.

I would also like to thank the shareholders whose support through this injection of equity once again demonstrates their commitment to the future of the club.

The Joint-Chairmen and I are truly proud of how they and everyone at the club has stepped up to play their part in this situation - we are in it together to support one another, our community and our club. That is the spirit of the West Ham United family.

There is still a long and difficult road ahead but we remain committed to doing everything we can to support those most in need, and together we will come through it stronger

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[Brady criticises PFA chief Taylor over Premier League wage cuts] We have the players’ union chief executive Gordon Taylor stubbornly resisting collective reaction to football’s Covid-19 crisis. I wonder why? Surely it is in the interests of his members from the elite to the everyday that as many clubs as possible remain intact. Keeping players’ jobs is one of his duties.

Some have, rather nastily, suggested that it’s because his annual salary is a union world record £2.3m, which gives him earning power a 75-year-old working man can only dream of and he would face losing his ever-lasting job should he fail to replicate the contribution of his top players in his own wage packet.

I don’t think this can be right as he has already said he is stepping down and has donated £500k of his own money to the cause. Taylor’s no-cuts, no-deferral decision is deeply harmful to the cause he professes to serve, and now each club is having to have their own conversations with their own players. This will result in different outcomes for each club. Some clubs will defer/cut more than others, which seems unfair

[Brady had a stark warning for Premier League clubs as the suspension of fixtures continues] If this suspension goes on for months, eventually there will be grasping for any straws to try to prevent many more clubs from drowning. The prospect of this possibility is the reason why I have cut my own salary by 30 per cent, just as our manager David Moyes has. We continue to work through all the questions and queries - the ifs, the buts, the maybes. But one thing I know is that if you try managing an apocalypse you can’t. You must have the foresight to plan for when things will return to normal, whatever ‘normal’ will mean in the future

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[West Ham vice-chairman Brady says Premier League could be cancelled if we’re not prepared] The key here is to make the environment as safe as it can possibly be because we want to be able to restart the games and finish our season.

And to do that we have to be ready - otherwise we’ll end up like France, Belgium and Holland, who have all had their season curtailed.

So clubs are all now producing their own Covid-19 Operational Policy, which will include testing players, staff, broadcasters and operational staff twice a week.

Again, testing will be approved by the Government, done independently and centrally administered at various testing stations, with the results delivered within 24 hours.

The most important aspect of all this is not what we, as chairmen and CEOs of clubs want the protocols to be, but that the players and managers agree and are comfortable with them and that they believe it is safe to commence contact training and play games.

Without their approval this is going nowhere, so it’s my intention to take my players through this in detail. We have to ensure that training is as safe as it can be - and they have to agree

2020 05 09 Retrieve

[West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says Premier League clubs will have to disinfect the grass they play on if play resumes] The first and guiding Premier League principle is that it will only recommence when it is safe to do so. Whatever you might be told, all 20 clubs are united in this objective. And it’s the first matter we must get right before we consider when the whistle will blow for kick-off on the final part of the most unfortunate season in football history. If lockdown is lifted and government and PHE (Public Health England) give us permission to resume non-contact training, there are to be new rules for players and staff. This includes not sharing cars, to limits through to the time a small group training session should last (75 minutes) and standing two metres away from each other. In this phase, tackling is prohibited but passing and shooting is allowed. We will also need to disinfect the corner flags, goalposts and even the grass - although how remains a mystery as that usually kills it

The games will look and feel very different and there’s no getting away from the fact the final nine rounds of matches will be played in unusual circumstances. Clubs on the brink are understandably concerned about giving up home advantage, let alone playing without their vital 12th man - their supporters. The will to play is the essence of every club and player but they want a level playing field