West Ham co-chairman has defended Manchester United’s Ed Woodward after recent violent fan protests, speaking to the BBC.
Gold also defended his own record at the Hammers, saying he hasn’t taken a salary from the club and believing he is taking the club in the right direction.
He said: “I know exactly what Ed’s experienced. I’ve experienced it four or five times. The league will come together to protect the likes of Ed and punish those perpetrators. It cannot be tolerated. Ed Woodward is a big figure in the game. He cannot be worried about his wife and children.
“The story is that we are liars, that we have taken all the money. That is wrong. We are not liars. We have made mistakes. I have not received a penny in salary or expenses from West Ham in 10 years. All my young life, the club was in the old Second Division. We are in the Premier League. We’ve got a few problems but we’re moving upwards.”
TBR’s View – Being in the Premier League isn’t enough to claim West Ham are moving forwards
West Ham were promoted back to the Premier League in 2012. Simply being in the top flight in 2020 can not be held up as evidence that the club is moving upwards under Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady.
Expectations change when there is the amount of money to spend that being in the top flight for years brings in and when a famous old stadium has been traded in for a soulless shiny new one on the promise of moving the club to the next level.
It is perhaps ironic that Gold holds up West Ham’s top flight status as evidence the club is doing well when they could well be losing it come May if their rudderless campaign continues in the same vein.
Gold, just like Woodward is not doing a good job. But it is important to point out that violent, intimidating protests are not the answer.