Sullivan explains Eastlands no-show

Neither Sullivan, fellow joint-chairman David Gold nor vice

chairman Karren Brady travelled to Eastlands for the 2-1 loss at

the hands of Roberto Mancini’s side, choosing instead to watch

their relegation-threatened team play on television. “Watching our

poor away performances week after week, and not having the ability

to influence things, has impacted on us,” Sullivan admitted. “My

family think I’m mad devoting so much time and money to the club

and, as the match was on TV, I decided to watch it on TV. “We

couldn’t influence the result, we donated the cost of private plane

to a charity for terminally ill children, we thought that would do

more good. “Had it not been on TV we would have been there. None of

us draw any salary or expenses from West Ham United. We are not

£20k-£60k-a-week footballers. “We only took 1,100

supporters. Like us, the bulk of the West Ham United supporters

preferred to watch it on TV. We’ll be at Wigan as will 4,500

supporters.”