West Ham are in for a very bright future on and off the pitch according to a man who spent two and half years working with the club’s joint chairman David Gold and David Sullivan.
In a wide-ranging interview for Blowing Bubbles Monthly, Peterborough United’s Director of Football Barry Fry feels the claret and blue faithful should be pleased with where the owners have taken the Irons.
“All the West Ham supporters must be absolutely delighted Gold and Sullivan saved their club and have taken it a stage further than anyone could ever dream. Their business expertise, their passion and commitment for football, and the recruitment they achieved last summer is second-to-none.” Fry said.
He later added: “They are absolutely brilliant, and they back their managers; I don’t think any manager who has ever worked under Gold, Sullivan and [Karren] Brady couldn’t say they didn’t have their total support.
“They’re very passionate people but above all they’re very knowledgeable about the game. They can also back their opinion up with statistics, so they really are brilliant; they are football lovers but primarily West Ham lovers.”
Elsewhere in this month’s issue, George Parris writes in his column that West Ham are still very much on the hunt of finishing fourth and winning the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, writing in her column, Sky Sports’ Bianca Westwood looks back at the first time she met and interviewed Mark Noble in 2007.
“A typical Cockney, he chatted freely about being a fan and he had an infectious excitement about going from singing in the stands with his mates to playing on the hallowed turf of Upton Park,” she wrote.
“At that moment neither of us could have predicted how long his time with us would last but he is still living the dream and the remarkable thing about it is he has never taken that for granted.”
The April issue of Blowing Bubbles also debates who is better; Payet or Di Canio? and asks if Reece Burke, Samuelsen, Diego Poyet and Elliot Lee can force their way into Slaven Bilic’s plans.
Meanwhile Lucy Woolford ponders what would life have been if Arsene Wenger had taken over as manager after Harry Redknapp left West Ham, and Geoff Hillyer looks at what the Hammers can learn from Leicester City’s incredible season.
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