That may have been West Ham’s final transfer window with co-owner David Sullivan in charge of transfers…
According to the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee, Irons fans can expect a shift in power behind the scenes ahead of the arrival of Rob Newman as their new head of recruitment.
In a series of tweets, he revealed:
“Quite possibly [that Newman will find a new striker]. That was the last window with DS overseeing transfers!” he said, before adding:
“Because of the head of recruitment role that Rob Newman is taking over. He is apparently going to have the majority of control alongside [David] Moyes.”
The 57-year-old is currently on gardening leave with defending champions Manchester City, where he has been since 2008, and is expected to begin his role later this month, per The Athletic.
His arrival at the London Stadium could be one of the most pivotal moves in recent times.
Newman was heavily involved in City’s recruitment process, working with the likes of Txiki Begiristain, and he’s thought to be regarded as a popular hard worker with a ‘bulging contact book’.
The Hammers’ have a poor history when it comes to the director of football role.
Gianluca Nani was responsible for the influx of poor signings during the Gianfranco Zola and early Alan Curbishley era, whilst the less said about Mario Husillos, the better.
Of the 15 players signed in 2018/19, only five remain in east London – and only one is anything more than a fringe or back-up, Pablo Fornals. His tenure will be remembered for signings like club-record flop Sebastien Haller, Lucas Perez, Jack Wilshere and Samir Nasri.
Newman’s proven track record and expertise could provide the Irons with a new cutting edge in the transfer market, something that – on the above evidence – they have lacked for several years.
With the majority of supporters vehemently against the club’s ownership, GSB, the prospect of Sullivan having even less control in the transfer market will be music to their ears.
Ex’s latest behind-the-scenes claim should leave much of the London Stadium faithful absolutely buzzing and excited heading into 2022.
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