Fernandes sends bid to Gold-Sulllivan

Sam Allardyce may have walked straight back into another
boardroom battle after Tony Fernandes claimed he had made an offer
for West Ham.

Just hours after Allardyce was confirmed as the new Upton Park
manager on a two-year contract Fernandes, who attempted to purchase
the Hammers last year, wrote on his Twitter feed: “For all you West
Ham fans an offer has gone to the present owners of West Ham. Let’s
see if they accept.”

Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan claim no formal
offer has been made to them and branded Fernandes’ decision to
utilise social media to announce his intentions as “bizarre”.

Allardyce will certainly be hoping to avoid any boardroom
upheaval having fallen foul of new owners when he was sacked by
both Newcastle and Blackburn following takeovers by Mike Ashley and
the Venky’s group respectively.

The 56-year-old told Sky Sports News: “I’m bemused by the
statement but my information, having spoken to David Sullivan, was
that he was not wanting to sell West Ham because it’s his club,
it’s the club he has always supported.

“That was one of the reasons why I took the job because I didn’t
want any fractions in terms of change of ownerships because my
reputation has already suffered, wrongly so, by new ownerships at
Newcastle and Blackburn, disposing of my services when there was no
real credibility in that other than the fact that they were new
owners and they didn’t want me.

“It wasn’t down to results, it wasn’t down to how I’d performed
as a manager. If that’s the case (that Fernandes has made an
offer), and that materialised, then I’m surprised at that.”

Sullivan was dismissive of Fernandes’ announcement, claiming no
serious bidder would use such a medium to make an offer, and
Allardyce added: “It’s a dangerous thing, Twitter!”

Gold was equally non-plussed by the news, although he admitted
he would be happy to discuss any potential investment from the
owner of the AirAsia airline and Formula One’s Team Lotus, who is a
West Ham fan.

“That’s news to me, I certainly haven’t heard any information
regarding this, it’s interesting,” Gold told Sky Sports News.

“We’re interested in finances coming in to the club, we would
welcome it and I would be happy to sit down with Tony with a view
to him joining the board and bringing in desperately-needed
finances.

“You would think if somebody was going to buy a club they would
approach the owners, sit down privately and discuss it.

“I’d find it quite bizarre anybody would make an offer through
Twitter but let’s hope it’s serious, we would welcome another
investor.

“It’s inconceivable someone would start negotiations in this way
but you never know, we’ll have to see what happens.”