West Ham could soon be bolstered by fresh investment in the near future and the London Stadium faithful will be excited by comments on their potential investor this week…
Daniel Kretinsky, who is a Czech billionaire and Sparta Prague’s co-owner, is thought to be in talks with GSB over purchasing a minority share in the Irons, believed to be around 27%, as per The Guardian.
The Athletic also suggest that the 46-year-old may eventually take a majority stake in the club in the long-term future.
Now, according to Czech Republic ambassador Libor Secka, the Hammers could really benefit from Kretinsky’s business acumen and football knowledge.
He told ExWHUemployee’s ‘The West Ham Way’ podcast: “I think at this moment, West Ham is the most popular club, given all the Czech players there. Their prestige and reputation in the Czech Republic are very high.
“He [Kretinsky] started from zero. He started as the man who analyses the financial markets, but he is smart and very hard working so step by step he created himself. The money he’s got is down his efforts and smart approach.
“If the agreement could be done, it could be beneficial for West Ham because Daniel is a fan of football. Apart from being a good businessman, he’s a supporter of the game.”
Given the resentment that GSB have faced from the east London fanbase over the years, this news will come as a major source of encouragement over the club’s future, even more so as this deal is thought to be the ‘beginning of the end’ for the current ownership.
David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady have been faced with demonstrations, marches, banners and chants throughout their tenure at the London Stadium, so to hear about that fresh investment – which could lead to more in the future – should leave many supporters absolutely delighted.
When new names are mooted in the boardroom, you could be forgiven for thinking the worst – after all, they will often be businessmen and women only looking to serve themselves, rather than the club and their fanbase.
However, this latest claim from Secka, should provide plenty of encouragement to fans, as Kretinsky is seemingly a “supporter of the game” and a “fan of football.”
If the Hammers can see this over the line in the coming weeks, it’ll only continue their impressive rise over recent times, having finished sixth last season before going unbeaten in the Europa League this term.
As per The Athletic, West Ham are the world’s 18th richest club and the Premier League’s eighth richest – valued at £370m by Forbes – so further financial backing will only improve their footing in this regard, and subsequently, their attractiveness to more investment and to players in the transfer window.
Kretinsky’s links to Sparta and Czech football will only aid manager David Moyes even more, having found absolute steals in Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal from Prague rivals Slavia.
All in all, Secka’s comments should leave much of the Irons faithful absolutely buzzing with excitement over what lies ahead.