Fernandes: I’ve bid for Hammers

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.”